TORRANCE — Faith United Methodist Church’s Social Action Committee presents a concert reading of “Manzanar: Story of an American Family,” a musical play by Rus McCoy and Dan Taguchi, on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 2115 W. 182nd St., Torrance.

From left: Rus McCoy, Mieko and Dan Taguchi.

The musical chronicles the events in the life of 12-year-old Margaret Shimada and her family as their life is shattered due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the escalation of World War II. All hopes and dreams are put on hold when the father is taken away as a suspected spy and the rest of the family is interned at Manzanar in the high desert of California.

Loosely based on the experiences and recollections of Mieko Taguchi (mother of Dan Taguchi), “Manzanar” shows the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Light refreshments to be served after the show. Donation: $20 per ticket. Make check payable to Faith United Methodist Church. Proceeds to benefit Japan earthquake relief.

For will-call ticket sales or further information, contact Ellen Jee at (310) 779-7262 or, or Gary Nakata at (310) 375-6398 or

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