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The "Big Show", a celebration of Mexican and Latino Culture through traditional song and dance, is back for its 40th Annual performances on March 31 and April 1.

Ernest Righetti High School Marimba Band and Ballet Folklórico and Director Ricardo A. Gabaldon Jr. will start their performances at 7 p.m. each night inside the Ethel Pope Auditorium on the Santa Maria High School campus.

The show's student performers, sporting colorful and authentic costumes, have become a Santa Maria Valley tradition. The musicians and dancers will recreate dance and music from the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Nayarit, Veracruz and Jalisco.

Traditional ranchera-style songs will include Latin Pop and Ballads originally by Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, Santana and CNCO. There will also be 50s rock by Ritchie Valens and Bachata, Dominican sensual dance music.

The students, who continue to spend countless hours learning the songs and dance the traditional way to preserve history, say the "Big Show" is a "must see" for all cultures.

1. Isabella Brown (Senior, folklórico dancer, and group president): This show is an incredible opportunity for us to share our love of the Mexican culture with the audience. For some, it is a spectacle they can watch with pride as they see their traditions have been preserved through time. For others, it is a way to experience an incredible culture they are not familiar with. Big Show is always an incredible presentation, but with all the hard work and dedication we put in this year, Big Show 2017 will one of the best.

2. Alexandra Huitrón (Senior, folklórico dancer, and group treasurer): Big Show 2017 will be another year of ethnic traditions and exciting surprises. We continue to show our love for our Mexican culture and the variety of regions we are involved with. Over these past few months of polishing our skills we are excited to share the different cultures of Ballet Folklórico at our upcoming show.

3. Froylan Escalante (Senior, marimba player, and group vice-president): This is a very unique show that expresses our culture. We put many hours of practice and hard work to put on a great show for the audience. We play many different songs from different music genres and eras. All the students have learned so much about our culture and we hope the audience will enjoy the 40th anniversary of Big Show, and appreciate all the hard work we have put in.

Tickets can be purchased at the Student Business Offices at Righetti, Pioneer Valley, and Santa María High Schools. Advance sale tickets are priced at $10 for all age groups. Tickets may also be purchased at the door before each show for $12.

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