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November 2020

PCPA brings you “Home for the Holidays”
..with a Virtual Cabaret
a drive through light display
and a holiday themed version of PCPA Reads @ Home

PCPA is pleased to celebrate the holidays with our audiences by presenting “Home for the Holidays,” a streaming holiday cabaret production. Hosted by Erik Stein, it will feature PCPA’s Resident Artists with music, dance, and surprises. This new and special event is free to attend on December 12 at 6pm. Registration is required. As an added bonus, patrons can attend a virtual VIP reception with Resident Artists following the cabaret for a $100 donation.
Featured performances include Kitty Balay singing in your living room, George Walker playing just about every instrument that has strings, a brand new Christmas duet sung by Andy Philpot and Emily Trask, an original dance from Katie and Annali Fuchs-Wackowski, traditional carols from Yusef Seevers, and much more.
Click here to register.


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PCPA and Allan Hancock College will also be sharing the holiday spirit at Christmas in the Country, the Elk’s holiday drive-through event, November 24 through January 3. Families will delight in a magical light display created just for this event by PCPA’s design team. Christmas in the Country takes place at the Elk’s Event Center.
Visit www.elksrec.com for more information.

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Also coming soon, a holiday inspired version of PCPA Reads @ Home. Resident Artists and alumni will read multi-cultural holiday books to share with friends, family, and loved ones near and far.

The first featured story will be Binny’s Diwali celebrating the Hindu holiday of light and hope. PCPA alum and Equity actor, Melody Perera, is sending this special video from her home in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Francisco Jimenez, author of The Circuit, will join us on Facebook Live December 1 at 1pm. He and PCPA alum, Christian Arteaga, will read his beautiful, personal story about a migrant child’s discovery of the gift of love in The Christmas Gift. This book will be read in both Spanish and English.

Many more stories will be featured through the winter holiday season that celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanza, and Chinese New Year.

Share in the excitement and enjoyment of reading and storytelling as you invite PCPA’s actors into your home for the holidays.
Click here for the latest readings.


Revised November 2020

PCPA Offers New Educational Workshops This Fall

PCPA has developed new educational offerings for the fall: PCPA@School, a series of over 20 interactive workshops for K-12 classrooms taught by PCPA’s award-winning theatre professionals.

PCPA@School includes classes structured for elementary, middle, and high schools in acting, movement (including African dance), playwriting, lighting effects, fun with paper mâché, design theory, and more.

The 45-minute virtual classes are just $100 each and will be available for booking between October 26 – November 20, 2020.

For more information visit
http://www.pcpa.org/PCPAPlaysOn/
August 2020

PCPA To Delay Opening of Season 57

As the outlook for the resumption of public gatherings remains poor, based on the resurgence of the COVID virus and the unpredictability of the pandemic getting under control, PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre will delay the opening of its Season 57 to June 2021, with plans to resume live performances in Santa Maria and the Solvang Festival Theater.

Typically, PCPA’s season begins with its holiday show in the fall. The planned postponement of production will sadly also imply no Spring 2021 performances in Santa Maria’s Marian and Severson Theatres, and the suspension of the 2-year Conservatory training programs for Acting and Technical theatre until August of 2021.

Artistic Director Mark Booher said, “In spite of our detailed plan for the resumption of on-site work and instruction, as we prioritize the health and safety of each company member, the hypothetical risks of a COVID exposure - its potential health impacts, quarantine requirements, and the impact on production and instruction time - creates too much risk and uncertainty. We are planning to shift our focus and conserve our resources to try to have ourselves in the strongest position possible for production in Summer ‘21. Our plan will be to produce four summer shows, primarily performing in Solvang.”

While consistent with the impacts the pandemic is having on arts institutions across the nation, this difficult decision has no precedent at PCPA, and has a myriad of deep ramifications. Still, the health and safety of PCPA’s staff, students and patrons naturally takes precedence, for the well-being of the whole community.

Booher remarked, “We remain passionate in our desire to return to our studios and stages! We are using this time to improve our internal working practices and culture, so that as we continue the rich legacy of artistry and excellence for which PCPA is known, we will be a healthier, more equitable, creatively robust contributor to community life and the future of the American Theatre.”

Although the stages may be ‘dark,’ PCPA has been very active in creating programming with PCPA’s company of artists. The theatre’s Fall and Spring plans will focus even more intently on virtual artistic, enrichment and educational experiences for the community. This includes the return, via Zoom, of PCPA’s play reading series InterPlay, planned for September and October. More information on InterPlay will be forthcoming, with announcements about Summer 2021 to follow.

For more information about all that is happening at PCPA, including virtual programming offerings, visit www.PCPA.org.

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