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Although Mexico’s independence from Spain did not come until 1821, ten years after the execution of father Miguel Hidalgo, he is hailed as “El Padre de La Patria/The Father of a Nation”. Born in 1753 in what was then Pénjamo, Viceroyalty of New Spain and today Guanajuato, Mexico his parents were well do criollos born of Spanish descent. At the age of 23 he was a teacher of Philosophy and Theology, later ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in 1778 at the age of 25. Famous for his grito de Dolores, the battle cry for independence in the early morning of September 15, according to writer Mercedes Varela from Reynosa Tamaulipas, Mexico, at one time his army rose to nearly 100,000 insurgents.
A monologue about Hidalgo written by Varela will be performed, in Spanish, Monday, September 16 by Pedro Garcia in full costume and as Miguel Hidalgo, at Pharr Community Theater. The 20 minute performance will describe pivotal moments in the movement for independence and about Hidalgo’s life including the yell for independence, el grito. A pre-show of classical guitar will be performed by Micaela Miranda currently studying classical guitar at UTRGV. The program is directed by Seres Jaime Magaña.
Three performances will be held on Monday September 16 at Pharr Community Theater at 213 W Newcombe Ave., Pharr, TX. Showtimes are 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the theater starting one hour before each show. The production is equivalent to a PG film.
The show is also available for classroom, library and museum tours during the month of September. For more information please call 956-239-0412 or 956-655-9308.