A Tejano Christmas Carol plays at Pharr Community Theater


Texas Border Business –

The well-known, Ebenezer Scrooge becomes Ezequiel Codos from Pharr, TX in this new adaptation from the famous Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol”.  Set in the Rio Grande Valley in the city of Pharr, Mr. Codos is the most powerful attorney in all the region and a big time water broker and land owner. In fact he’s so greedy that he sells large portions of water rights from the Rio Grande causing catastrophe in the future, when the River goes dry and thousands are left very thirsty. In this hilarious dramatic story, Codos is visited by the ghost of the past who is La Rielera (a woman soldier) from the Mexican Revolution era, and by the ghost of the Christmas present who is a Zoot Suiter from the 40’s. “The play has cool music and sound effects and an authentic Rio Grande Valley flavor and setting,” said stage manager for the production, Daniel David Hernandez, a recent UTRGV graduate with a theater performance major.

Professional actor and Pharr Community Theater co-founder, Pedro Garcia plays Codos, “I have lots of fun playing this character and getting into his moods and emotions. I believe that everyone who sees the show, including kids, will have lots of fun especially with our large cast of 18 including 7 great youngsters. If you are familiar with the original story then you, more or less, know the turn around and joy of this tale” added Garcia, who is also directing and co-producing the production, in English with some Spanish.

Regular show times are December 1, 2016 through December 11, 2016 at the Elva and Keith Michal Performing Arts Center at 213 W Newcombe Ave in Pharr, TX. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased starting one hour before each show at the theater, $10.00 general admission; $7.00 students, Seniors and Veterans. Free for children under 5. For more details call 956-600-9463. (Seating is limited to 55 persons per show on a first come first serve basis)

*The Saturday, December 10 show will be offered as a pay what you can pay as part of the City of Pharr’s Annual Christmas Posada. Please arrive early to find a parking space for this particular show.


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The play (all English version) will also tour to three Winter Texan Retirement Parks which include:

  • Tuesday, Dec 13th – Tip-O’-Texas RV Resort, 101 East Sioux Road, Pharr, 7pm, Admission $7, Activity office tel:956-787-6461
  • Saturday, Dec 17th – Mission West RV Park, 511 East Loop 374, Palmview, 7pm, Admission $6, Activity office tel:956-585-0624
  • Tuesday, Dec 20th – Victoria Palms Resort, 602 North Victoria Rd, Donna, 7pm, Admission $7, Activity office tel:956-782-3263

The play will also be performed at The Bogus Ford Events Center on Monday, December 19 at 7:30 pm.