Sunday, December 16, 2018
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PHARR — Pedro Garcia says he was “cut out” to play the shyster Ezequiel Codos (also known as Scrooge) in Pharr Community Theater’s “A Tejano Christmas Carol.”

“I seldom cast myself in our plays, but this is a part I feel I was cut to play, especially now that I’ve gotten older. Codos is a fun character because he’s mean.” Garcia joked. “I allow myself to try different intonations with him.”

This is the third consecutive year that the theater will present the classic Charles Dickens play adapted for the Rio Grande Valley.

The play runs Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 at Pharr Community Theater at 213 W. Newcombe Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The Saturday, Dec. 1 show will coincide with the City of Pharr Christmas Posada. It is advised to come earlier that day to find parking in the surrounding vicinity of the theater.

Ticket prices are $6 for students, military and senior citizens and $8 general admission, sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to showtime at the theater or in advance by calling 956-239-0412.

The bilingual version will also tour to the Pharr Events Center at 3000 N Cage Blvd. for a 7:30 p.m. showing Dec. 4. Tickets to this show are $3 per person or two tickets for $5 and will only be sold at the door, starting one hour prior to show time.

Pharr Community Theater is also taking the show on the road, with performances planned at a number of Winter Texan resorts locally. These presentations will be in English. See the accompanying schedule for show dates and locations.

Codos is a powerful attorney and greedy water broker who owns vast property on both sides of the Rio Grande. Among those rights are tons of water rights, and when he decides to sell all those rights, the river dries up to future consequences.
One night, he’s visited by three ghosts that include a soldier woman from the Mexican Revolution, played by Armandina Sesin, who has acted the part for the past three seasons.

“I love playing ‘La Soldadera’/The Ghost of Christmas Past because she reminds me of Mexico and its incredible history including the romantic side of the revolution,” Sesin said. “The Christmas season is coming and this play is perfect for it.”

Andres Flores, 14, from San Juan, attends Austin Middle School as an eighth-grader. This is his second play with PCT where he now performs in the role of the ghost of Christmas present, as a young Zoot Suiter alongside 20 other characters and townsfolk who eventually help Codos find a better way, a kinder spirit.

“I love being an actor in a play, it has every basic element. I get a cool feeling when out there on stage and you have so much fun saying your lines in front of a crowd; the energy makes me feel great. I connect well to this character,” Flores said.

Seres Jaime Magaña takes over as the production’s new director. Magaña, 27, first took acting classes with Garcia when he was 14 years old and was brought back into the theater a year and half ago to write and direct the play, “The Tragic Corrido of Romeo & Lupe,” loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

“I’m going about it one step at a time... getting more and more involved with everything that comes into a production of a play; costumes, lights, music, the setting of the stage, directing actors and seeing what it really takes to orchestrate a play,” Magaña said.

The play is family friendly.

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