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The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts presents

And So We Rise!:

A Season Dedicated to Blurring the Boundaries that Keep Us from Connecting

Dear SDSCPA Community:

Margaret Wheatley notes that, “When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” It is these connections that allow us to persevere and rise together as artists with a passion and commitment for the arts as a universal language.

This year, SDSCPA students have voiced strong and powerful concerns about the challenges our nation and world are facing today. There are deep emotions surrounding socio-political issues such as gender equality, equal access and opportunity for advancement, our role as a nation in the global community, and the role of the arts in humanity. And, they’ve made it clear that they want to see these issues mirrored in our season. They want to engage in critical and meaningful conversations. They want diversity and relevance in our content. They want the work and the experience elevated. It is a call to action to overcome the boundaries they feel we all face in our daily lives.

With our commitment to refining the focus of our future seasons through the lens of socially relevant, civic-minded, globally conscious work reflective of our student body, we present the 2017-18 Mainstage Performance Season: And So We Rise!: A Season Dedicated to Blurring the Boundaries that Keep Us from Connecting.



August 3-27, 2017
Lyceum Stage
 EVITA is a Tony Award Winning musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, and it follows the story of Eva Peron and her early life, rise to power and eventual death. It is being produced through our Xchange Xperience partnership with The San Diego Repertory Theatre. In addition, we will have a beautiful gallery opening in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre featuring the work of our visual arts students in an exhibition entitled, Espiritu: The Passion of our Youth. 


February 1-24, 2018
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
Parent Advisory: A CHORUS LINE has characters who face real-world challenges that are still relevant in today's society. They include overcoming sexism in the workplace, lgbtq issues, adolescent issues, and sex education. Some of these themes may warrant further discussion at home. All 6th and 7th Grade students must present a signed permission slip when signing up to see the student matinees of A CHORUS LINE.
 A CHORUS LINE is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical is about the grit, determination, and sacrifice it takes to “make it” on Broadway. The longest running show in Broadway history offers a peek into the lives of artists and the challenges of being the best in the room. This production will feature the original Broadway choreography of Michael Bennett, as well as the original Broadway lighting design. 


March 15-17, 2018
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 MUSIC OF THE 30’s, our Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra will take us through the turbulent era of The Great Depression and the life-affirming music that changed the world. La Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez is a choral work hailed as a stunning artistic achievement, inspired by his trip to Germany following World War II. And, our orchestra will explore works from the 30’s throughout the centuries. 


April 19-28, 2018
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 BEYOND BOUNDARIES is our spring dance concert takes on a new look as our season theme of “And So We Rise” emboldens our guest choreographers to define the meaning of boundaries in our society and geopolitical world. As a major border city, the fears, joys, and struggle of cross cultural identities and desire for a worldlier, peaceable existence are all at stake when the boundaries of the body politic draws a line that closes our hearts. Christopher Huggins will return with a world premiere new work that evokes just what it means to go beyond boundaries. 


May 17-26, 2018
Ole Kittleson Little Theatre
 LORCA IN A GREEN DRESS is a play by Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright Nilo Cruz. This story follows the Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director Federico Garcia Lorca just after his assassination by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. It is a play that combines Spanish Jazz, Flamenco Dance and poetry in motion as well as a kaleidoscope of Spanish culture revealing its influence on our existence and experiences here in America. 


May 17-19, 2018
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 Inside OUT: A Visual Arts Exhibition will feature a juried selection of works by the Visual and Media Arts Department as this exhibition explores the geopolitical forces at work in relation to human rights as well as our own social conscience as a nation in regards to gender identity and equal rights under the First Amendment. A short film festival will also accompany this provocative exhibition. 

We hope the SDSCPA 2017-18 Mainstage Performance Season connects our community through the arts while inspiring meaningful and heartfelt conversations regarding the many voices of persistence through trials and tribulations. And So We Rise is meant to illicit, incite, and provoke our intellectual curiosity and creative imagination as we challenge ourselves with purposeful work that elevates our students, families, and San Diego community. I look forward to our conversations!


Richard Trujillo
Artistic Director