Spend an evening at Teatro Paraguas, soaking up holiday joy, when the arts organization that promotes literature and theater through English, Spanish and bilingual presentations of contemporary poetry and plays presents its annual holiday community celebration.
“A Musical Piñata for Christmas V” is a festive, bilingual night of theater, live music, carols and comedy that opens on December 8 and runs through December 17. Led by musical director JoJo Sena de Tarnoff, the show features a cast of professional and amateur performers ranging in age from 4 to 70.
The evening begins with an original one-act play written by Alix Hudson and based on the memories of Sena de Tarnoff’s cousin Buddy Rosacker, who grew up in Santa Fe in the 1940s. “Santa Fe, 1944-A Christmas Story,” which is narrated by Rosacker, is part fact/part fiction as it talks about life in Santa Fe during Rosacker’s youth.
“I play the role of my grandmother, Resujito Ortiz, whom I am told I look like,” says Sena de Tarnoff. “My daughter, Jennifer Nelson, assumes the part of my granddaughter in the play.”
The second half of the production includes a short skit written by Carlos Morton, storytelling by Carol Aubrey and dances with original choreography by Ann Peleaz. Sena de Tarnoff leads the Teatro Paraguas Orquesta in performances of traditional carols and contemporary seasonal music, with Mario Reynolds as a soloist on the changgo (drum) and Peruvian pipes.
After Santa Claus (Argos MacCallum) makes an appearance, the evening ends with the breaking of a huge piñata. “Children are invited to run up on the stage and help break the piñata,” Sena de Tarnoff says.
Since Teatro Paraguas’ annual holiday show is very popular, it’s best to reserve tickets in advance.