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About SPARC

Through exceptional performing arts education, SPARC helps youth find their inner light and share it with the world!

SPARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, community-based youth performing arts education organizations. We provide an atmosphere where creative expression flourishes, meaningful connections are built, and individuality is celebrated.

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SPARC is in constant motion!  New announcements and updates are happening all the time.  Follow us in real time through our Instagram and Facebook feeds below. 

It’s the first week back for StageCraft after a long winter break and we’re diving right into Urinetown paint! Tech begins this weekend! Come see the show Feb 16-18 and Feb 23-25. #UrinetownAtSparc #StageCraft ...

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We hope everyone is gearing up for February FUN! We have some phenomenal things the young people have been working hard on!

We also desire to take time to recognize & appreciate February for being Black History Month, a heritage landmark meant to amplify the voices, expand the spaces, and remember the progressive & generational contributions of Black/African Americans. In harmony, with SPARC's vision to inspire creativity, confidence, and character in our young people, it is our hope to set the stage by showcasing Black/African American youth playwrights, influenced works, and SPARC's dedication to our young people & every part of their identities.

Image Description: Students in SPARC's Stages program are rehearsing a dance number together. Many of the students can be seen smiling, and many are focused on their dance moves.
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First and last lines from the cast of Urinetown! Just a few more weeks until we open the show. Will we see you there?
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Today is SPARC's birthday! Thank you for the lauughs, celebrations, and fond memories. We are honored to have shared the last 43 years with this community and look forward to 43 more.

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Happy Friday! This past fall we had fun taking polaroids in Stage Makeup class. Here are some of our favorite looks from the group!

Image Description: 7 polaroid pictures laid out in helter-skelter rows of three and four with a snowy background behind them. Each polaroid features a student from class. Makeup looks include clowns, patchwork effects, freckles, blue and white lips and eyes, zig zags, and animals.
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Run Freedom, Run, right on down to Urinetown! TICKETS are now on sale for our winter production. This show is recommended for ages 11+. To purchase tickets and learn more, check out SPARCrichmond.org/shows/tickets

Video Description: The cast of Urinetown rehearses the song Run, Freedom, Run in front of an almost-finished set. Students are equally spaced throughout the stage and are doing jogging choreography with hands in the air.
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Acting! Singing! Dancing! To possess all three talents is referred to as a "triple threat" in the theatre industry. As any performer knows, to achieve this accolade each discipline must be studied individually and with special focus.

SPARC is committed to bringing high quality training in each area of performing arts study and is excited to announce that there are new classes this spring that will support students in their desire to take a deep dive into popular practices that support the actor, dancer, and singer. The Actor's Process, The Dancer's Process, and The Singer's Process are designed to introduce students to different techniques that inspire and shape their approach to developing a character and approaching a song.

Learn more at our website, linked in bio, and be sure to register for these courses by January 22!
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On June 7, we honored graduating seniors at the 3rd annual year-end event, "Final Bow: A Senior Celebration." The event was complete with open mic performances from the graduating class, specialty numbers from Touring Ensemble, and the announcement of this year's Jeri Cutler-Voltz Memorial Scholarship recipients: Addison Zacharias, Amelie LaVallee, and Cameron Gardner.

Please join us in sharing a virtual round of applause for all these incredibly talented, generous, and kind young people. Here's to a bright future!

Photo Credit: Chuck Rudisill/@rva_film_works

Image Description: A series of images featuring youth performing or posing for photos on SPARC's stage. Some pictures show images of a group, where others show youth performing solo or in duets.
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On June 7, we honored graduating seniors at the 3rd annual year-end event, Final Bow: A Senior Celebration. The event was complete with open mic performances from the graduating class, specialty numbers from Touring Ensemble, and the announcement of this years Jeri Cutler-Voltz Memorial Scholarship recipients: Addison Zacharias, Amelie LaVallee, and Cameron Gardner. 

Please join us in sharing a virtual round of applause for all these incredibly talented, generous, and kind young people. Heres to a bright future! 

Photo Credit: Chuck Rudisill/@rva_film_works

Image Description: A series of images featuring youth performing or posing for photos on SPARCs stage. Some pictures show images of a group, where others show youth performing solo or in duets.Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

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It was a wonderful celebration!!!!! I stand in awe of these very talented young people !!!!!!

Registration is OPEN for SPARC's fall training classes for youth ages 4 to 18! We've added more sections of popular classes like Creative Drama and Showstoppers Jr., and we've introduced exciting new offerings like dance- and theatrical-design focused classes. Visit sparcrichmond.org/classes/ to see the full course catalog and register for your favorite class today.

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Registration is OPEN for SPARCs fall training classes for youth ages 4 to 18! Weve added more sections of popular classes like Creative Drama and Showstoppers Jr., and weve introduced exciting new offerings like dance- and theatrical-design focused classes. Visit sparcrichmond.org/classes/ to see the full course catalog and register for your favorite class today.

Image Description: A group of young people gathered together under the SPARC logo, all wearing light blue Miss Nelson Is Missing shirts. Behind them is a pink wall.
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Email us at sparc@sparcrichmond.org or call 804.353.3393.

All SPARC programs are made possible, in part, by the generous support of: