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“Breaking Through”, a drama that takes place in Santa Maria and has broken new cultural ground on stages throughout the Central Coast, is coming to more than 500 Saints on Tuesday, March 14.

The PCPA Outreach Tour is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. inside the historic Ethel Pope Auditorium at Santa Maria High School.

“Breaking Through” is the sequel to “The Circuit” adapted by Leo Cortez from the Francisco Jimenez novella. Students will pick up the story of Pancho and his family after they have been deported to Mexico. In a brave move to return to Santa Maria, the family applies for legal entry to the United States. But in the months and years that follow, Francisco and his family face poverty, long hours of field labor, and prejudice. These hardships are lessened for Pancho, as his dream to continue his education at Santa Maria High School becomes a reality.

“We are thrilled to have the PCPA Outreach Tour perform,’’ said Art/Avid and Drama Advisor/Teacher Merrie Okie-Goldin, adding PCPA’s Mr. Cortez noted it’s been more than 23 years since a PCPA production has come to SMHS. “It’s going to be an exciting and wonderful experience for all.’’

Mr. Cortez has become a famous playwright and Francisco Jimenez is world renowned too with his books being used in universities around the world.

The Saint’s Drama Club, with a grant from Children’s Creative project, is sponsoring the event.

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