Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Councilwoman Donna Frye to Present SDUSD Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) with Special Proclamation Honoring the Arts

San Diego -- Councilwoman Donna Frye will present the San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department a proclamation recognizing March as Arts in Education Month. The presentation will take place on March 28th at 1:00 p.m. at James Madison High School in
Clairemont, prior to the Honor Theatre Production of "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman

This marks the first-ever such production by SDUSD, featuring top theatre students from nine high schools across the district. Directed by award-winning San Diego theatre artist William Virchis, this performance provides an opportunity for district students and community to come
together to celebrate the arts in education. Performances will be at the James Madison High School Performing Arts Center in Clairemont. Public performances include a "Pay-What-You-Can" and a Gala Performance with pre-show reception and arts festival; theatre teachers will be honored by the Old Globe Education Department at the March 26th performance.

"Metamorphoses" is a play based on Ovid's epic poem about Greek mythology, and is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Virchis has directed numerous productions at San Diego Civic Light Opera (Starlight), San Diego State University, Southwestern College, University of California Riverside, Centro Cultural de La Raza, California Pacific Community Theatre and Teatro Meta. He has worked on Tri-Star and Walt Disney films and musical scores for records, plays, television and commercials. He may be best known in San Diego for his direction of "Zoot Suit" at the San Diego Rep.

Public performances are March 26th at 7:00 p.m. (Pay-What-You-Can), March 27th at 7:00 p.m. and March 28th at 2:00 p.m. A gala reception and arts festival will precede the March 28th performance. Tickets for the March 27th and 28th are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Reserved
seats are available for $15. Performances on March 26th and 27th will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

For tickets and additional information, contact Marjorie Treger, District Theatre Resource Teacher, (858)539-5356 or email