the history of the musical
Tomie dePaola’s The Night of Las Posadas was first published in 1999. This award-winning book was both written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, and is a tradition in and of itself. In 2012, Tomie’s publisher gave New Hampshire artists William Ögmundson (composer and lyricist) and Tom Dunn (book), rare permission to adapt his work into a 45-minute musical theatre piece.
After an enormously successful 2012-2013 season, Ögmundson and Dunn were once again given permission to tour for the 2014 season and thanks to The World We Want Foundation are doing a Spanish translation of the show which will be touring in 2014. The information contained in these pages will help you to navigate performance options for your own venue, or to locate a performance to attend in your area. If you find that you have further questions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that you enjoy all that Las Posadas has to offer!
To see an excerpt from the show, click here.
The Las Posadas Tradition
Las Posadas (Spanish for “the inn”) is a traditional Spanish festival which is now quite popular in Mexico as well as the American Southwest. The festival re-enacts Joseph’s search for a room at the inn. Each Christmas season, a processional with actors playing Joseph and Mary walks through the community streets. The processional stops at a variety of buildings and is turned away by the devils inside. Finally a church/community center invites them in to sing Christmas carols called villancicos.