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PCPA student actors will read to local schoolchildren


The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents PCPA Reads, a literacy outreach program for local elementary schools on April 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Resident Artist Kitty Balay and 57 acting students will read stories to children in 11 schools in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Los Alamos. The actors will use their voice and speech training to give children up-close and personal experiences with storybooks. The program is intended to make a fun experience for young audiences through dynamic readings.

"We developed these wonderful animated readings of children's books in voice and speech class," Balay said in a statement. "Just like theater, reading can open up new worlds and windows into different lives. It encourages curiosity and empathy."

In its inaugural year, PCPA Reads sent six teams into the community to read to more than 4,000 students in their classrooms in just one morning. The program is designed for children to hear and feel how alive a book can be and to inspire them with the adventure of reading, according to PCPA.

This personal contact with thousands of children and their teachers strengthens the bond between PCPA and the community, according to PCPA, and informs the mission of its outreach programs. Participating schools include Adam Elementary School, Battles Elementary School, Bonita Elementary School, Buena Vista Elementary School, Jimenez, Miller, Rice Elementary School, Robert Bruce Elementary School, Joe Nightingale Elementary School, Olga Reed Elementary School, Ralph Dunlap Elementary School.

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