“Christmas Potpourri” Concert Program/Programa del Concierto “Popurrí Navideño”

Published December 10, 2017

Bahía de Banderas Artes Escénias A.C.

Board of Directors / La Mesa Directiva

  • Nicholas Girgulis, President / Presidente
  • Dean McIntyre, Secretary / Secretario
  • Tony Whittle, Treasurer / Tesorero
  • Alfonso López, Artistic Director / Director Artístico, ex-officio
  • Don Gipe, Director, Cantante Members / Director de Cantantes

Who’s Who / Quien Es Quien

Alfonso López

Artistic Director, Choreography / Director Artístico, Coreógrafo
Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus / Coro de Hombres Gay de Puerto Vallarta


Luis Alfonso Lopez, bass-baritone, holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He graduated with Honors and is a member of Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, The National Scholars Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, as well as The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. During his early years he has performed in many operas and musicals, such as “Newsies” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Children’s Opera “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and the Zarzuelas “Luisa Fernanda” and “El Dúo de la Africana”.

Professionally, Mr. Lopez has performed roles such as Doctor Grenvil in “La Traviata” and as Page in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in productions of the ProCantus Lyric Opera. He has sung as a cantor for special liturgies at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine in Texas. Other performances include the role of Sagrestano and Sciarrone in “Tosca” for South Texas Lyric Opera; he performed as Musical Director and Conductor for the Musical “She Loves Me;” and performed on the play “Alice in Wonderland” by André Gregory. He has performed in the V and VI Taller de Ópera Juvenil in Mexico. Mr. Lopez has also been a member and soloist for the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, performed throughout Mexico as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble Euterpe. He served as faculty at the UTRGV Music Department where he taught Music Appreciation, Voice, Music Theory and directed Broadway Musicals. He served as musical director for Opera Teatro-Bar in McAllen Texas, where he directed more than 100 different performances.

Mr. Lopez is now the Artistic Director for the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus and Musical Director and Co-Artistic Director for Act II Stages Entertainment. He is currently working directing several cabaret shows and the musicals “Rocky Horror Show” and “Some Enchanted Evening”, as well as musical direction for the musical “Xanadu” at Act II Stages.

Luis Alfonso López, bajo-barítono, tiene una Maestría de Música en Interpretación Vocal de la University of Texas-Río Grande Valley (UTRGV). Se graduó con Matrícula de Honor y es un miembro de Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, The National Scholars Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, tanto como The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Durante sus primeros años ha actuado en muchas óperas y musicales, tales como “Newsies” y “Fiddler on the Roof,” la ópera infantil “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” y las zarzuelas “Luisa Fernanda” y “El Dúo de la Africana”.

Profesionalmente, Sr. López ha realizado papeles tales como Doctor Grenvil en “La Traviata” y como Page en “Amahl and the Night Visitors” en las producciones de la ProCantus Lyric Opera. Ha cantado como un cantor de liturgias especiales en la Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine en Texas. Otras actuaciones incluyen el papel de Sagrestano y Sciarrone en “Tosca” del South Texas Lyric Opera; actuó como Musical Director y Conductor del musical “She Loves Me,” y actuó en la obra de teatro “Alice in Wonderland” por André Gregory. Ha actuado en el V y VI Taller de Ópera Juvenil en México. Sr. Lopez también ha sido un miembro y solísta de la Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, actuado a través de México como un solísta con el Chamber Ensemble Euterpe. Se desempeño como profesor en el Music Department de UTRGV donde enseño Apreciación de la Música, Voz, Teoría de la Música, y dirigió musicales de Broadway. Se desempeño como director musical de Opera Teatro-Bar en McAllen, Texas, donde dirigió más de 100 actuaciones diferentes.

Ahora Sr. López es el Director Artístico del Coro de Hombres Gay de Puerto Vallarta y el Director Musical y Co-Director Artístico de Act II Entertainment Stages. Actualmente, trabaja como director de varios shows de cabaret y los musicales “Rocky Horror Show” y “Some Enchanted Evening”, tanto como dirección musical del musical “Xanadu” en Act II Stages.

Sally Estes

Principal Accompanist / Acompañante Principal

SallyEstes20150906Sally and her husband, Jim, have been frequent visitors to PV for 30 years, moving here permanently in 2012. Sally’s life has revolved around music with early piano and clarinet lessons, and accompanying numerous H.S. and college soloists and ensembles. She earned her BA with an emphasis in piano performance. In addition to accompanying the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus, Sally plays keyboards with the Worship in Paradise praise band, is a clarinetist with the Vallarta Chamber Orchestra and teaches private piano lessons. Her hobbies include white-water rafting and reading.

Sally y su esposo, Jim, han sido visitantes frecuentes a Vallarta hace 30 años, y se mudaron aquí permanentemente en 2012. La vida de Sally tiene un tema musical con lecciones durante la juventud de piano y clarinete, y ella ha sido un acompañante de soloístas y ensambles colegiales. Sally recibió su bachillerato con una concentración en la actuacion del piano. Además de acompañar el Coro de Hombres Gay de Puerto Vallarta, Sally toca el teclado con el conjunto de alabar de Worship in Paradise, es un clarinetista con la Vallarta Chamber Orchestra y enseña lecciones privadas de piano. Sus aficiones incluyen el rafting de ríos bravos y el leer.

Act II Entertainment Stages

Danny Mininni 

Special thanks to Danny Mininni and Act II Entertainment Stages

Act II Entertainment Stages, Theatre, Cabaret, Piano BarAct II Entertainment Stages is the only entertainment venue of its kind in the entire Bay of Banderas. Located in the heart of the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, this entertainment complex boasts a 180 seat theater and a 98 seat cabaret where original productions are presented, as well as a cozy bar and lounge area where performers serenade patrons.

Act II Entertainment Stages engages, inspires, entertains and challenges audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. We train and support the next generation of theater artists. We provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community and we celebrate the essential power of the theater to illuminate our common humanity.

Agradecimientos especiales a Danny Mininni y Act II Entertainment Stages

Act II Entertainment Stages es el único de su tipo en toda la Bahía de Banderas. Ubicado en el corazón de la Zona Romántica, este complejo de entretenamiento presume un teatro con 180 asientos y un cabaret de 98 asientos donde se presentan producciones originales, tanto como un bar acogedor y sala donde se actúan músicos para los clientes.

Act II Entertainment Stages atrae, inspira, entretiene, y manda una llamada a las audiencias con producciones de teatro que va desde los clásicos a las obras nuevas. Entrenamos y apoyamos a la próxima generación de artístas de teatro. Ofrecemos programas en educación de las artes que da aliento al aprendizaje durante toda la vida a una comunidad diversa; y celebramos el poder esenciál del teatro para iluminar nuesta humanidad en común.

Production Staff / Staff de Producción

  • Stage Technician/Técnico de Escena, Craig Szczepanski
  • Lighting Design/Diseño de Iluminación, Craig Szczepanski
  • Stage Manager, Amir Ramírez
  • Set Design/Diseño del Set, Danny Mininni
  • Rigging, Amir Ramírez
  • House Manager, Amir Ramírez

Concert Program / Programa del Concierto

  • Christmas…In About Three Minutes
  • Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, with 2nd accompanist/con 2do acompañante Bryan Welton
  • God rest ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • The First Nowell
  • Partner Songs/Canciones Compañeras: The First Nowell & The Holly and the Ivy
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Ya Viene la Vieja
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • Soldier’s Hallelujah
  • Light The Candles of Hanukkah
  • Peaceful, Silent Night, with duet by/con dúo de Joseph Cisneros & Gene Berube
  • Hallelujah Chorus – Handel
  • Come, All Ye Shepherds
  • Panis Angelicus
  • Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
  • I Believe
  • I Say A Little Prayer
  • Encore: Jingle Bell Rock

Singers / Cantantes

Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus / El Coro de Hombres Gay de Puerto Vallarta


  • Joseph Cisneros
  • Luis Ramírez
  • Raúl Torres


  • Tony Favello
  • Juan Carlos Palomera
  • Bryan Welton


  • Laurie Bisson
  • Wayne Hollingshead
  • Carlos Navarro
  • Josué Santiago
  • Scott Tuft
  • Roger Uscila
  • Dougie Wallace


  • Gene Berube
  • Don Gipe
  • Jeff Luce
  • Dean McIntyre

Sponsors / Patrocinadores

Casa Karma Boutique Resort

Timothy Real Estate Group


Art Vallarta


1 Response to ““Christmas Potpourri” Concert Program/Programa del Concierto “Popurrí Navideño””

  1. Dr. John D. Leckenby December 17, 2017

    Just received a text from gay married friends of 45 years living with in Naples, Florida, who are this evening in Ft.Lauderdale at the Christmas Gay Men’s chorus event there.

    So, prompted me to see if we have a Gsy Men’s Chorus in PV.

    Sure enough, thank god with a little “g.”

    Sorry we missed it this year, but will definitely become supporters through the new year.

    Please continue your good work for the sake of the world.

    Best to each and everyone of you who participate in any manner.


    Dr. L

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