Manzanar Musical to Be Presented at SFVJACC

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PACOIMA — In 2003, Russell McCoy and Dan Taguchi brought their musical “Manzanar: The Story of an American Family” to the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. The San Fernando Valley JACL is proud to present this musical at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford St. in Pacoima, on Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m.

The musical, which will be presented as a reading, personalizes the experience of upheaval and discrimination that Japanese Americans endured during World War WII when the government ordered all people of Japanese decent to be interned. Twelve-year-old Margaret has dreams of becoming a big-band singer, but her hopes are shattered by the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her family’s lives are changed forever as they are relocated from their San Pedro home to the Manzanar internment camp. “Manzanar” shows how one girl’s broken dreams eventually give her the strength and courage to rebuild her life.

“If you missed this production in 2003, you would want to mark your calendar,” said a SFVJACL spokesperson. “Those of us who saw it in 2002 and 2003 are looking forward to seeing it again.”

Tickets are $15. For more information, contact Nancy Gohata at [email protected] verizon.net or (818) 899-4237.

Bento may be purchased after the performance for $10. Make checks payable to SFVJACL. Send to Nancy Gohata, 14229 Carl St., Arleta, CA 91331.

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