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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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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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Last Saturday the young artists of Live Art performed their original work "Live Art: Embrace" for an audience of 200 people at the historic Henrico Theatre. Please join us in sharing a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved, especially the youth. We hope you feel the joy and pride shared among the cast, teachers, and audience through these photos of the show.

If you'd like to learn more about Live Art or express interest in joining next year's cohort, please visit sparcrichmond.org/liveart.

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Image Descriptions
1) A group photo of the cast and crew of Live Art: Embrace. The students are in blue, green, orange, and yellow shirts, and the crew are in all black. Everyone's arms are raised. There is a projection of multicolored hearts behind them.
2) Youth from the Tuesday Live Art class are in their green shirts and standing in a Charlie's Angels pose.
3) Thursday's Live Art class are in orange shirts and holding large red cups. There's a yellow bucket in front of the youth that's sitting and two flats covered in felt behind them.
4) Saturday's Live Art class are in blue shirts and playing a variety of instruments. There are cubes in front of them that's decorated with their artwork.
5) The Live Art Leaders are in their yellow shirts and holding tea lights in their hands while they sing.
6) Two youth perform a dance duet together. They're wearing blue shirts and have one hand on their hips while the other is outstretched to their right.
7) Youth from Thursday's class are in their orange shirts and are holding umbrellas with their artwork on them. There are rainbow lights behind them.
8) Tuesday's class are in their green shirts and standing in a line in a variety of poses. One of the teachers is holding a white and red "APPLAUSE" sign.
9) A group shot from the Finale taken from behind the youth. Everyone is in their different colored shirts and have their arms raised above their heads.
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Last Saturday the young artists of Live Art performed their original work Live Art: Embrace for an audience of 200 people at the historic Henrico Theatre. Please join us in sharing a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved, especially the youth. We hope you feel the joy and pride shared among the cast, teachers, and audience through these photos of the show.

If youd like to learn more about Live Art or express interest in joining next years cohort, please visit sparcrichmond.org/liveart.

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Image Descriptions
1) A group photo of the cast and crew of Live Art: Embrace. The students are in blue, green, orange, and yellow shirts, and the crew are in all black. Everyones arms are raised. There is a projection of multicolored hearts behind them.
2) Youth from the Tuesday Live Art class are in their green shirts and standing in a Charlies Angels pose.
3) Thursdays Live Art class are in orange shirts and holding large red cups. Theres a yellow bucket in front of the youth thats sitting and two flats covered in felt behind them.
4) Saturdays Live Art class are in blue shirts and playing a variety of instruments. There are cubes in front of them thats decorated with their artwork. 
5) The Live Art Leaders are in their yellow shirts and holding tea lights in their hands while they sing. 
6) Two youth perform a dance duet together. Theyre wearing blue shirts and have one hand on their hips while the other is outstretched to their right. 
7) Youth from Thursdays class are in their orange shirts and are holding umbrellas with their artwork on them. There are rainbow lights behind them. 
8) Tuesdays class are in their green shirts and standing in a line in a variety of poses. One of the teachers is holding a white and red APPLAUSE sign. 
9) A group shot from the Finale taken from behind the youth. Everyone is in their different colored shirts and have their arms raised above their heads.Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

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Thank you for everyone at SPARC who makes this happen!! It was an amazing show.

It was a wonderful show !!!!!!

There's only a week and a half left until summer begins, but you still have time to sign up for early summer programs. Our Bravo camps for rising 4th to 12th graders start June 3 and run through June 14. Youth in these programs will work as an ensemble to create their own musical theatre performance piece to share with family and friends on the last day of camp. Don't wait too long to claim your spot -- registration closes in one week!

Image Description: Five youth are in front of a piano and their music director, learning music from "Urinetown." There is a half finished set behind them.
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Theres only a week and a half left until summer begins, but you still have time to sign up for early summer programs. Our Bravo camps for rising 4th to 12th graders start June 3 and run through June 14. Youth in these programs will work as an ensemble to create their own musical theatre performance piece to share with family and friends on the last day of camp. Dont wait too long to claim your spot -- registration closes in one week!

Image Description: Five youth are in front of a piano and their music director, learning music from Urinetown. There is a half finished set behind them.
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