Dordt College News

Crossing Borders: The Christmas Travelers

December 4, 2003

Each family has its own Christmas traditions, but this year Sioux Center area residents are invited to widen the circle and taste the treats and traditions of neighbors.

The Christmas play, “Crossing Borders: The Christmas Travelers,” was translated and modified by Sioux Center residents, Socorro Woodbury and April Hubbard, who interviewed local residents with Dutch and Latino backgrounds and wove their journeys together with the journey to Bethlehem.

The play will be presented at the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door will be $2 for adults, with children admitted free. Following the performance, local cooks will serve ethnic Christmas treats.

Christmas Play

In a unique twist, the production’s English speaking performers will speak in Spanish (with translation provided), while Latino performers will speak in English (with the Spanish translation provided). Favorite Christmas carols cross the language barrier and will be shared in both languages, with audience participation. The story of local Dutch immigrants will also be shared in Dutch (with translation provided).

The multilingual presentation is fashioned after two traditional Latin American dramas: Las Pasadas and a Pastorela. The basic story of the Las Posadas is the story of Christ’s family searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The pastorela selected tells the story of the shepherds trying to reach Bethlehem in order to worship the Christ child and how they eventually overcome the roadblocks the devil and his helper have placed in their way.

A worship element is an integral part of the performance, with the audience singing Christmas carols with the cast and doing some responsive speaking.

The Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Department provided funding for this performance. The Dordt College Foreign Language and Theater Departments produced the play.

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