This year’s 5th Annual VAPA Honor Theatre production featured “Let the Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez," John Reeger, music, and Julie Shannon, lyrics. This epic production was directed by William Virchis, director of the Teatro Mascara Magica.
More than 30 students
participated as actors, singers, lighting and sound techs, and
production staff including students from Lincoln High School’s theatre
department under the direction of Maria Christodoulou. Patrick Garcia,
VAPA resource theatre teacher, collaborated closely with Lincoln High
School, Southwestern College, equity actors from Teatro Mascara Magica,
professional musicians, Cygnet Theatre, San Diego Stage and Lighting,
SDSU, the Latino Chicano Coalition, Jose’s Restaurante Mexicano, San
Diego Unified's Department of Race, Human, Relations and Advocacy, and
many generous donors and partners.
Participating schools in this
year’s production included: Lincoln, Clairemont, La Jolla and Morse high
schools; the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA),
and the Creative Performing and Media Arts Middle School.
powerful new musical told the inspiring story of how an unassuming
ex-farmworker with an eighth grade education challenged and overcame one
of California’s most powerful industries.
"It was a life-changing
experience for all who participated in the production," said Dr. Karen
Childress-Evans, Director of the district's Visual and Performing Arts
Program (VAPA). "A special thank you to the SDUSD Board of Education for
keeping a vital Central Office VAPA Department so that we can continue
to offer these exceptional experiences to our students."
For more information or to donate to next year’s production, please contact Patrick Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.