District Home


The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts presents


This season we will be exploring cycles as in the cycle of life, cycles of poverty, the cycle of hate, family cycles, cycles of economy, cycles of love, the cycle of faith and their meaning(s) in our lives.

You cannot run away from today's news cycle.  Every few minutes there is another breaking news story.  Regardless of which side you're on today's political landscape is fueled by passion.  There is a clear divide.  Right and wrong is perspective.  Good and bad is an opinion and facts are dispposable.  And, while people say they are growing weary of the subject I would strongly disagree.  Just ask anyone their opinion these days.  Without getting an answer you will feel something immediately.  It will come in the form of hesitence, silent thought, a smile, diatribe, or passive aggression.  The point is we live with this current state of anxiety because winning and losing is at stake.  And, these days the stakes are incredibly high.

Why is the artistic director writing about political anxiety and divisiveness?  Simple; the arts are the mirror of our society.  We reflect what is right in front of us.  And, I was never more inspired and reassured by this when watching the 2019 Tony Awards telecast.  From "Hadestown" to "Oklahoma"; "To Kill A Mockingbird" to "King Lear; "What the Constitution Means to Me" to "Choir Boy"; and even "Beetlejuice" to "The Prom" all illuminated the social and political challenges that we face each and every day.  Subject matter such as hope in the face of unhappiness, the pain and brutality of relationships, gender identity, sexual identity, racism, religion, and yes, even the constitution.  The mirror is constant.

In recent years our lens for artistic expression has evolved.  Our latest mission is to present work that is socially relevant, civic-minded, globally conscious, and reflective of our student body.  We have done our part in reflecting the world around us with theatrical productions of A Chorus Line, Billy Elliot, The Crucible, and Cabaret; our dance concerts, Beyond Boundaries and Reflecting Forward; and our visual and media arts and creative writing exhibitions, Inside/Out and Changing Stories.  We will continue to produce work that is relevant and speaks directly to the strength and fragility of the human condition.  The 2019-'20 season includes the exhibition Deus Ex Machina, The Merchant of Venice, dance concerts In Flux and Permanent Shift, music concerts Imperative and Quintessential, and as "Cycles" is the theme chosen to connect collective work we explore family with productions of In The Heights and The Addams Family.

We hope you are able to join us at some point during our 41st Season.  Our students, alumni, guest artists, and faculty will continue to entertain, evoke, and inspire.  It's a snapshot of what we do at our very best.  I promise you will be moved as you watch our SDSCPA family of student artists live their passion when we hold up the mirror.

With Love,

Richard P. Trujillo

Artistic Director



December 11-17, 2019
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 Join us for the opening production of our new Middle School Mainstage season, as we celebrate our young, talented dancers. 


January 30 - February 1, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 Experience SDSCPA's students perform this work by William Shakespeare told only as SDSCPA can tell it!  The Merchant of Venice is the story of a Jewish moneylender who demands that an antisemitic Christian off "A pound of flesh" as collateral against a loan. 


February 20 - 22, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 The Addams Family is a musical comedy based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American Family with an affinity for all things macabre.  SDSCPA is excited to present this production with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. 


March 12-14 & 19-21, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, In the Heights is a story set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.  


April 16 - 18, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre & Ole Kittle Little Theater
 Deus Ex Machina is a literary term which refers to a character or event that seems to exist in order to effortlessly solve a problem that seems unsolvable...  SDSCPA opens the doors of their theatre and maker spaces to host the Creative Arts Exhibition. Featuring the work of middle school and high school artists and creative writers.  This amazing presentation will leave you wanting more. 


April 30 - May 2, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 This is our spring dance concert, which is a cornerstone of the dance department and this year will feature for the first time in our history, a Paul Taylor Suite.  This concert will solidfy not only the direction of our nationally recognized dance department, it will also illuminate our theme of cycles as we delve deeper into the artistic and technical content in the world of dance. 


May 14 - 16, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 This will be our middle school concert and feature our next generation of vocalists, orchestra and jazz artists.  In the spirit of Cycles, our students will delve into music that prepares them for their artistic journey as musicians demonstrating emerging greatness. 


May 28 - 30, 2020
Florence Johnson Grand Theatre
 The high school music concert features our best in instrumental and vocal music.  This concert will close the season and is expected to produce a few major surprises.  With 3/4 of our music department begin brand new, they are already planning a concert that brings fresh ideas and music choices that promise to inspire and move the soul.