PCPA Reads


Contact: Craig Shafer
805 928-7731 ext. 4100

April 2019



News Release


PCPA Reads
Bringing Language to Life
Actors take storytelling to 13 schools throughout Santa Maria

On April 11, 2019, from 9 – 11am, PCPA will bring PCPA Reads, a literacy outreach program, into local elementary schools. 70 PCPA students, resident artists, and staff will be reading stories to children in 13 schools on the Central Coast. The actors will use their voice and speech training to give children vibrant, up-close and personal experiences with storybooks.
The program is intended to make a fun and exciting experience for these young audiences with artfully crafted and dynamic readings.
This year, in addition to adding our professional actors to the rosters, we're also offering books read in Spanish for the first time.  “We're lucky to have students whose first language is Spanish.  They are very pleased to be able to use the theatrical skills they've learned in English and share them in Spanish with local children.  These books are in high demand with our schools.” Resident Artist Kitty Balay added, “My hope is that these dynamic, lively readings will open up the joy and excitement of stories and books to children.  We know that reading opens your imagination to possibility, develops curiosity, and promotes empathy.  We know that readers often turn into leaders.   If PCPA Reads can spark an interest in reading in a child, then we will have made a valuable difference in our community.”
The goal is to read to 10,000 children this year. In its inaugural year in 2017, PCPA reached over 4,000 students in their classrooms.
Participating schools include: Battles, Blochman, Bonita, Buena Vista, Ralph Dunlap, Jimenez, Miller, Joe Nightingale, Oakley, Olga Reed/Orcutt Academy K-8, Ontiveros, Rice, Robert Bruce.

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