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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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We are a little under one month away from our first volunteer day of the year. Want to lend a hand and get community service hours for work or school? Join us on October 22nd from 2pm-6pm when we’ll be beautifying the outdoor and indoor spaces at SPARC, including the reorganization of our theatrical set storage. For more information click: https://www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0C5c00000R8y3LEAR/sparc-clean-up-day ...

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The 2022 Festival of New Works virtual productions are now available to view on the SPARC website. Celebrate the hard work of the 2022 winning playwrights and the incredible theatre artists that came together last summer to bring the students’ one-act plays to life.

To watch these productions and learn more about New Voices, head over to https://www.sparcrichmond.org/newvoices/
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Auditions are this week for our upcoming production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! Come be part of this magnificent cast and help tell this beautiful story. Auditions are open to 6th-12th graders and will take place this Friday and Sunday (Sept 30th and Oct 2nd). Want to audition but can’t make it in-person? Email Amy Almond at aalmond@sparcrichmond.org. Link in bio for more info! ...

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You want to write a short play, but you don’t know where to start? Never fear! Join us for a series of two-hour workshops where, in community with your fellow writers, we will work on everything from igniting the spark of an idea to completing a short play to submit to SPARC’s New Voice for the Theatre Festival. https://sparc.coursestorm.com/category/free-virtual-workshops ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, our upcoming winter production, will have auditions Sept 30th and Oct 2nd at SPARC. This will be our first fully produced production (technical heavy) since the pandemic hit and we're really excited to have everyone involved! Participants in the show can expect full costumes, projections, an original underscore, and more!

Curious Incident is a coming of age story about a neurodivergent teenager who is trying to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog. Along the way, he reconnects with his family. It's a great show to be able to put on a resume!

Auditions are open to 6th-12th graders (with alternative date options available for those who can't attend). Link in our bio for more!
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It’s today! The deadline to enroll in high school SPARC classes is here. Be sure to claim your spot in Carpentry & Scenic Painting, Dungeons & Drama, Smart Phone Cinema, and more before registration closes at 5PM on September 12.
https://sparc.coursestorm.com/category/grades-9-121

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Claim your spot in our FREE (!!!) Pop-Up classes for middle and high schoolers on Saturday, September 10! Teaching artists Allison Beckett and Donna Boyd will lead an exploration of the Bogart technique. Get ready to explore fundamentals of clowning, movement, voice, and musical theatre, all culminating in an original choreographed piece. Go to SPARCrichmond.org/classes to learn more and register. ...

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Calling all adventurers! Meet Chelsea Burke (aka Level 5 Bard), the teacher and Dungeon Master in SPARC’s new Dungeons & Drama class for high schoolers. Hear her tale, then visit the link in our bio to learn more about this class and register. ...

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We are a little under one month away from our first volunteer day of the year. Want to lend a hand and get community service hours for work or school? Join us on October 22nd from 2pm-6pm when we’ll be beautifying the outdoor and indoor spaces at SPARC, including the reorganization of our theatrical set storage. For more information click: www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0C5c00000R8y3LEAR/sparc-clean-up-day ... See MoreSee Less

We are a little under one month away from our first volunteer day of the year. Want to lend a hand and get community service hours for work or school? Join us on October 22nd from 2pm-6pm when we’ll be beautifying the outdoor and indoor spaces at SPARC, including the reorganization of our theatrical set storage. For more information click: https://www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0C5c00000R8y3LEAR/sparc-clean-up-day

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You want to write a short play, but you don’t know where to start? Never fear! Join us for a series of two-hour workshops where, in community with your fellow writers, we will work on everything from igniting the spark of an idea to completing a short play to submit to SPARC’s New Voice for the Theatre Festival. sparc.coursestorm.com/category/free-virtual-workshops ... See MoreSee Less

You want to write a short play, but you don’t know where to start? Never fear! Join us for a series of two-hour workshops where, in community with your fellow writers, we will work on everything from igniting the spark of an idea to completing a short play to submit to SPARC’s New Voice for the Theatre Festival. https://sparc.coursestorm.com/category/free-virtual-workshops

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