Santa Barbara School stages Special Delivery: A Christmas Message

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For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Santa Barbara Catholic School presented its Christmas production titled Special Delivery: A Christmas Message.

Written by Julius Sotomayor Cena and directed by Joyce Guevara, Special Delivery played on Dec. 14 and 15, 2016 at Santa Barbara Catholic School Petrie Gymnasium.

Can generosity be measured in its form:  Christmas greeting cards or electronic ones?  Special Delivery is a tender story of neighbors and the interconnectedness of their lives.  Mr. David is a postal worker who is a pivotal character that illustrates the dying mailing process.  Mrs. Castro is an elderly woman who continuously waits for a Christmas card from her daughter, Sam, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  Danica is a sweet and loving girl who tries to search for and connect with Sam with the help of her technology-savvy friend, Karl.  As the two well-meaning kids plot a surprise for Mrs. Castro, they inevitably encounter several challenges.

Special Delivery revisits the nostalgia of sending mails and cards traditionally via “snail mail” in the time and age of technology.  This Santa Barbara Christmas special takes a closer look at the irony that while technology and the internet have made our world smaller and global people are more interconnected than ever, it may also imply that humans relationships are becoming farther apart.