Chula Vista SCPA program marks 25th anniversary

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By John Roe, Edited by Philip Brents
Feature Story in Dining and Arts, Page 11, 1/10/03

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Chula Vista School for Creative and Performing Arts program where professional educators, performers and artists deliver an exciting and challenging college-style curriculum to more than 850 diverse students.

A school within a school for students from grades 7 through 12 at Chula Vista middle and senior high schools, the SCPA offers in-depth professional training in art, dance, drama and music within the context of an otherwise traditional school setting. This program offers unique opportunities for aspiring musicians, thespians, dancers or artists typically available only at private, high-tuition institutions.

The Chula Vista SCPA does not require an audition for entry into the program.

The program gave its annual combined holiday concert to a standing-room only audience in the Chula Vista High School gymnasium on Dec. 20. In concert were: The Main Attraction, Dream Girls, CVHS guitar ensemble, Silhouettes, CVHS mariachi ensemble, New Renaissance, CVHS choir, CVHS concert and jazz bands, Grupo Folklorico, CVHS orchestra and the CVHS drama department.

Upcoming performances, which are subject to change, include a winter dance concert (levels 7 and 8) at the Ruth French Chapman Performing Arts Center at Eastlake High School on Jan. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m.; a presentation by the drama department, CVHS SceneFest, on Jan. 16 and 18, at 7 p.m. at the Chula Vista High campus theater; the Winter Choral Concert by the South Bay Community Chorale at the Ruth French Chapman Performing Arts Center on Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.; and the Chula Vista Children’s Chorus Winter Choral Concert at the CVHS theater on Jan. 26, at 3 p.m.

More than 80 voices can be heard in the South Bay Community Chorale’s third annual winter concert. Five selections to be presented range from Mozart’s “Santus” to the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” to a medley of Gershwin interspersed with soloists and small groups.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 10 years old. For more information, call 691-5775.

For an updated calendar of events, visit the SCPA Web site at http://www.suhsd.k12.ca.us/cvh/scpa/index.html .

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