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Getting ready for the debut of “Armando and the Blue-Tarp School” are center, the real-life Señor David with, from left, choreographer Joanna Lydersen, composer Wendy Woolf, playwright Pat Lydersen, and on right, authors of the original book, Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson. Courtesy photo

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Edith Hope Fine March 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

What an experience for Judith Josephson and me to see our “Armando and the Blue Tarp School,” a California Young Reader Medal nominee, transformed into a magical musical by Pat Lydersen and Wendy Woolf of the Park Dale Players. The cast of 26 performed 8 shows March 18 to 21 with comedic wit, poignancy, and lively songs and dances (Joanna Lydersen handles choreography). After each show, the real David Lynch spoke, moving the audience to tears. He first spread a blue tarp on the ground by the Tijuana dump and began to teach the kids in 1980. Thirty years later, he is still there.

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