Friday, February 19, 2010

"Armando and the Blue Tarp School" as a Musical

"Armando and the Blue Tarp School" by local author Judith Josephson...

Don’t miss it!!
Based on a California Young
Readers Award finalist book,
the play brings to life the work
of teacher and humanitarian
David Lynch, who 30 years
ago placed a blue tarp on the
garbage dump in Tijuana and
began to educate the children
who lived and worked there.
MARCH 19th & 20th at 7:30 pm & MARCH 21st at 3:30 pm
(910 Melba Rd, Encinitas)
Donations (tax deductible): All proceeds will go to David’s organization, Responsibility,
which continues to educate thousands of children still living on the dumps of Latin America.
Reserved seats: $20 (first row), $10 (2nd and 3rd rows), $5 (all other seats)
(Tickets will also be on sale at the door)
To reserve seats or for more info, visit:

Dear Friends,
I am so excited about a children's musical based on the California Young Reader Medal-nominated book Edith Fine and I co-wrote, called Armando and the Blue Tarp School. Pat Lydersen and Wendy Woolf have collaborated to bring to the book to the musical stage with the Park Dale Players' newest production, Armando and the Blue Tarp School, performed by elementary and junior high students from North San Diego County. Both the book and the show are based on the true story of humanitarian David Lynch who, thirty years ago, lay a blue tarp on the ground by the Tijuana garbage dump and began teaching the children of the pepenadores (trash pickers). He has touched the lives of thousands of young learners since then.
The Park Dale Players will debut the Armando musical at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, 910 Melba Road, Encinitas, first as field trips for elementary schools, and then for the general public on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. A great activity for families and friends—come one, come all!
You can find more information and can buy tickets at this website, At this link, you'll hear a KPBS interview with Pat and Edith (and one of Wendy's songs sung by two of the young actors) on KPBS before a fall preview show by The Park Dale Players at a gala for Responsibility, the non-profit responsible for building schools and teaching kids who live by garbage dumps in Tijuana and Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For California Young Reader Medal information:, or visit the Armando book site:
Thanks to Pat and Wendy, all the money raised at the performances will go directly to Responsibility. We're eager to spread the word about this project, so please feel free to forward this email to anyone who loves theater and knows the importance of early education, no matter where the young learners live.
Thank you so much for your support. Let me know if you have any questions.
See you at the show!
All the best,
Judith Josephson

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