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SPARC's 2024/2025 Performance Season

Legends & Lore

What keeps us coming back to a story, telling it again and again in different mediums? Why are these tales so expansive across our lives? Is it the people? The story structure? Or is it the humanity, the way we can all find something representative of ourselves?  

This season's Legends & Lore theme will explore the larger-than-life characters and tales that shape the way we view the world and continue to teach us important lessons!

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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Video credit: @embochette
#UrinetownAtSparc #YouthTheatre #UrinetownTheMusical
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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.

Video description: 3 SPARC classes huddled together in 3 separate rooms saying Happy Birthday
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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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Coming this fall: Stage Combat

This brand new class is great for youth who are interested in auditioning for both "She Kills Monsters" and "The Lightning Thief"; those not interested in auditioning are welcome as well! Open to all skill levels, Stage Combat will explore character development and storytelling through physicality and partner work. Youth will learn hand-to-hand combat along with some found-object work. Stage Combat is offered for 8th-12th graders.

More about "She Kills Monsters" (2025 spring play): "She Kills Monsters" tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. Rehearsals will begin January 11. Auditions will be late fall.

More about "The Lightning Thief" (2025 summer musical): As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. Rehearsals in June. Auditions in the spring.

Image Descriptions: 1) A dark stage with 2 actors wielding swords. One is kneeling and using his sword to block the other's, who has his foot raised to kick the blocking wielder in the stomach. 2) Another two actors sitting on a dark stage. One is wearing all white clothing, the other all black. The one in black clothing has her arms wrapped around the other's torso from behind, squeezing. The one who is being squeezed is doing her best to block it.
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Coming this fall: Stage Combat

This brand new class is great for youth who are interested in auditioning for both She Kills Monsters and The Lightning Thief; those not interested in auditioning are welcome as well! Open to all skill levels, Stage Combat will explore character development and storytelling through physicality and partner work. Youth will learn hand-to-hand combat along with some found-object work. Stage Combat is offered for 8th-12th graders. 

More about She Kills Monsters (2025 spring play): She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. Rehearsals will begin January 11. Auditions will be late fall. 

More about The Lightning Thief (2025 summer musical): As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. Rehearsals in June. Auditions in the spring. 

Image Descriptions: 1) A dark stage with 2 actors wielding swords. One is kneeling and using his sword to block the others, who has his foot raised to kick the blocking wielder in the stomach. 2) Another two actors sitting on a dark stage. One is wearing all white clothing, the other all black. The one in black clothing has her arms wrapped around the others torso from behind, squeezing. The one who is being squeezed is doing her best to block it.Image attachment

It's free, it's fun, and it's hosted by the Peer Leadership Club! The PLC is launching their first youth-led event: an end-of-summer Talent Show! The event will take place Friday, August 2nd at 6:30pm at SPARC. Youth ages 10-18 are invited to submit their act, which will be reviewed and approved by a PLC sub committee. Please submit by July 24th. We look forward to seeing you on stage and in the audience!

Link to sign up: forms.gle/wvy3i9k5cFCtpoZu6
Design by Cayden Bivens

Image Description: A hand-drawn flyer with all of the details of the event written, including a note that it is free and open to the public. It has a squiggly blue border with yellow trim breaking up the text in the middle. SPARC's address, 2106 N Hamilton St, Richmond, VA, is listed at the top with yellow 4-pointed stars. A QR code is on the lower right corner with a note that says "scan to sign up now."
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Its free, its fun, and its hosted by the Peer Leadership Club! The PLC is launching their first youth-led event: an end-of-summer Talent Show! The event will take place Friday, August 2nd at 6:30pm at SPARC. Youth ages 10-18 are invited to submit their act, which will be reviewed and approved by a PLC sub committee. Please submit by July 24th. We look forward to seeing you on stage and in the audience!

Link to sign up: https://forms.gle/wvy3i9k5cFCtpoZu6
Design by Cayden Bivens

Image Description: A hand-drawn flyer with all of the details of the event written, including a note that it is free and open to the public. It has a squiggly blue border with yellow trim breaking up the text in the middle. SPARCs address, 2106 N Hamilton St, Richmond, VA, is listed at the top with yellow 4-pointed stars. A QR code is on the lower right corner with a note that says scan to sign up now.
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