By John Chalmers on the January 2020 Edition
Complete with shepherds, the Three Wise Men, angels, and King Herod, along with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, the performance featured dozens of the children from Casa Hogar. They appeared in appropriate costumes for the staging produced through the Expressive Arts program of Casa Hogar.
Beginning with opening remarks from CHLA director, Dr. Guiber Núñez, and founder, Nancy Nystrom, some 200 guests from the Manzanillo area and winter resident snowbirds were in store for a splendid evening under the stars. In his remarks, Dr. Núñez said, “The purpose of Casa Hogar is to transform the lives of children.” Indeed it has. Living at Casa Hogar, and receiving an education with purpose in life, are disadvantaged children, from tots to teens, who have been orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected, but grow up in a loving environment in the best possible home situation.
While the stars of the Christmas celebration under the stars were the young performers, the success of the show is a result of a team effort. Musical direction was by Alfonso Borrego, and the dance performance was choreographed by Ballet Folklórico director, Marisol González, and assistant director, Jorge Meza. Under their leadership the dedication, talent and professional-ism of the young cast was clearly evident, as was the quality of their instruction.
The celebrations will continue on January 30, 2019, when the annual fund-raising benefit dinner with silent and live auction is held for the first time at CALA. The occasion is vital for ongoing support of CHLA.
Whether it is held this year under the stars or under a roof, once again it will feature a splendid folklórico performance of Mexican culture and history, presented in dance and music by the amazing and loveable cast from their Casa Hogar Los Angelitos home.
To learn more about Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, and how you can donate to support its work, visit the page of its parent organization, The Children’s Foundation International, at www.tcfcares.org.