Darth Vader, stormtrooper bring ‘the force’ to school book reading

By Austin Dave

Last update: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

In celebration of the Star Wars Day holiday, characters from the movie franchise crashed a book reading at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School in Canyon Country.

Donning the iconic black mask and armored suit, Darth Vader and a stormtrooper greeted about 150 kindergartners in a positive effort to promote reading.

The unofficial holiday recognized across the globe is a celebration of the Star Wars movie franchise and is held on May 4 each year — the date serves a play on words of the popular film catchphrase “May the force be with you.”

Star Wars movie characters Darth Vader and a stormtrooper greet students at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School on May 4, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

Santa Clarita resident Shant Melkonian portrayed antagonist Vader and was flanked by stormtrooper Rommie Carrillo and his daughter Brianna Carrillo.

Watch the reading below.

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Darth Vader, stormtrooper bring ‘the force’ to school book reading

In celebration of the Star Wars Day holiday, characters from the movie franchise crashed a book reading at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School in Canyon Country.

Donning the iconic black mask and armored suit, Darth Vader and a stormtrooper greeted about 150 kindergartners in a positive effort to promote reading.

The unofficial holiday recognized across the globe is a celebration of the Star Wars movie franchise and is held on May 4 each year — the date serves a play on words of the popular film catchphrase “May the force be with you.”

Star Wars movie characters Darth Vader and a stormtrooper greet students at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School on May 4, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

Santa Clarita resident Shant Melkonian portrayed antagonist Vader and was flanked by stormtrooper Rommie Carrillo and his daughter Brianna Carrillo.

Watch the reading below.

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Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.

Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.