Putting you in the Spotlight
It is our goal to incorporate professional theater skills with a fun and safe experience for everyone involved. Our curriculum is hands on and learning by doing so attendance and participation is very important. The season starts with scene and character study. We spend several weeks exploring our production by using different acting methods, learning basic music sight reading, accompanied by theatrical choreography, and auditioning. Each student will audition for a part in the show. Each student receives a part in the show as long as they have been enrolled in the class since the beginning of the season. This is the new policy that we feel it is vital to the process. Any student joining the class after this time period will be involved with the chorus parts of the show, which have not yet been blocked. When students are involved with our drama department they not only have the opportunity to be an actor in the shows but are also able to learn about all the aspects of what takes place behind the scenes as well. They can assist and learn about the technical side of drama such as learning how to work a sound and lighting board. The students assist with sets and props and can earn the opportunity to be a student director or assistant stage manager. There are many career paths a student can take in the field of the arts.
We offer beginning through advanced level classes for all ages in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, pointe, and tumbling. Our students are offered many performance opportunities at many venues throughout the year.
Come try 3 classes for free!
(Must be 3 different classes-can not be the same class 3 times)
Our seasons begin every January, June, and August with a winter musical in December, a summer recital in July, and summer workshops.
We also offer Adult classes as well.
Please reference our Schedule of Classes for a complete
listing of our classes.
SOPA offers 2 major performance opportunities during the year for all students. Our annual Holiday Production of “Grinch” at the Clark Center the 1st, 2nd or 3rd weekend in December. Our second show is our annual recital in July (usually the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in July).
Costumes for the Grinch are rented for a minimal fee and remain property of SOPA. Costumes for the recital are purchased by the students and are yours to keep. All students must provide their own tights and shoes for all shows.
We also have other performance opportunities throughout the year to include but not limited to: The Grover Beach Christmas Parade, The Harvest Festival in AG, The Strawberry Festival in AG and Rest Home shows in December. Information and participation on all these go out via email in our “Spotlight” newsletter.
Drama: We have a drama department that also gives 2-3 performance opportunities to students throughout the year. Including a full length musical.
The Studio of Performing Arts (SOPA) Dance Department has students who study dance anywhere from six to ten hours per week or more.
Students that are serious about dance and are interested in performing are eligible to audition for our studio Performance Teams. We hold auditions every year in May and begin learning combinations dances in June.
The teams hold their annual show each Spring and we take them to competition with dance conventions two times per year. At these conventions the dancers are working with top choreographers, teachers, and professional dancers in the nation. These students are seasoned performers and love to share their talent with others, so they perform every chance they get. You will see them regularly at local events in the Village of Arroyo Grande. They also travel to rest homes and perform for the local residents.
In 2005, the studio established "SOPA Competition Group" an educational non-profit organization dedicated to offering performing arts students the opportunity to enhance their skills through live performance. By establishing this non-profit organization we are able to offer the students a multitude of training and performance opportunities. Please click on the "Become a Sponsor" link to learn more about sponsoring SOPA Competition Group.
Our performance team parents work hard too and hold monthly meetings along with the SOPA competition Group board to help with organization and fundraising events. The fundraisers help the dancers to raise money for costumes, competitions and various workshops throughout the year.
link to one of the many conventions we attend