2018 Auditions – The Addams Family

The 16h Annual Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

Production: July 25-27 at 6:30 pm & July 28 at 2 pm Location: San Ysidro High School (5353 Airway Road, San Diego, CA 92154) Downloadable poster here.

Directed by Sharon Maley
Music Director: Mark McCann
Vocal Director: Michael Sakell
Choreographer: Valerie Ingram
Technical Director: Charles Batchman
Musical Accompanist: Barbara Schroeder

Cast auditions took place May 2, 3 & 7, and call-backs on May 9, 2018.
Congratulations to the students selected to participate in this year’s cast! List is here: The Addams Family Cast List
Dear students, if you decide not to accept the role offered to you, please contact the VAPA office immediately at 619-796-7700. You will need to return your libretto and will be released from the show.

Cast rehearsals at San Ysidro High School:
M-F 6/25 – 6/29 from 9 am – 5 pm
M-F 7/2 – 7/6 from 9 am – 5 pm (No rehearsal on 7/4)
M-F 7/9 – 7/13 from 9 am – 5 pm
Sat. 7/14 from 1 pm – 5 pm
M-F 7/16 – 7/20 from 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Sat. 7/21 from 9 am – 5 pm
M-T 7/23 – 7/24 from 4:30 pm – 9 pm
W-F 7/25-7/27 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm (6:30 pm curtain)
Sat.  7/28  from 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm (2:00 pm curtain)

Tech rehearsals are from 7/19 on, no conflicts are allowed from that date on.


Audition Dates:

Wednesday, May, 23 from 3:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Otay Ranch High School – Band Room 933 (By the football field – entrance directly off of Olympic Parkway).

Online sign up is now closed. Auditions by appointment only. Audition times are posted here: AF Audition Times UPDATED. 

Important information below to prepare for your audition:

Download instructions for your instrument here.
Download rehearsal calendar here.
Audition parts are posted here.


Eastlake High School – Show Choir

Eastlake High School Showchoir presents FINAL BOW on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Tickets are $13 at the door and $8 for students and seniors. Free admission for staff and children under four years old. Downloadable flyer here.


Rancho del Rey Middle – Spring Coral Concert

Rancho del Rey Middle School Spring Choral Concert is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Rancho del Rey Middle School Cultural Arts Center (1174 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Featuring performances of a variety of choral music including classical, spirituals, pop and jazz by the RDRM Choir and Harmonia. Also featuring a showcase of special student performances and guest choir, the Casillas Elementary School Comet Harmonics. Downloadable flyer here.


2018 MSF Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Mariachi Scholarship Foundation Award Winners:

Christine Aranda Award ($2,000)
Emma Padilla-Zavala, Sweetwater High School

Founder’s Award ($4,000)
Mario Palacios, Otay Ranch High School

High School Guaranteed Award ($1,000 each)
Raquel Acherman, Bonita Vista High School
Mariali Solano, Bonita Vista High School
Julian Cano, Chula Vista High School
Francisco Demara, Chula Vista High School
Juliette Garcia, Olympian High School
Alana Contreras-Rodriguez, Olympian High School
Cruz Alarcon, Olympian High School
Gissel Corral, Otay Ranch High School
Ricardo Herrera, Otay Ranch High School
Giovanna Raggio, San Ysidro High School
Fernando Salcedo, San Ysidro High School
Lucio Infante, San Ysidro High School
Christopher Reyes, Sweetwater High School
Dorysel Sandoval, Sweetwater High School
Enrique Arvizu, Sweetwater High School

Special Awards 
Edgar Romo ($500), Southwest High School
Josue Solano ($750), Bonita Vista High School
Karla Cardenas ($750), Montgomery High School

Ballet Folklórico ($500 each)
Natalie Naranjo-Morett, Otay Ranch High School
Karlet Ornelas, Otay Ranch High School
Paulina Navarro, San Ysidro High School


10th Annual DMS

2018 District Digital Media Showcase was Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Location: Otay Ranch High School Pavilion (1250 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91913)
Free admission.

The tenth annual Digital Media Showcase featured student work created in digital media classes throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District. Student work in photography, computer art, graphic design, video, and music technology is celebrated. Industry professionals judge the submissions and awards are given to the top entries. Over 500 student works were entered this year!

Winning entries posted here by Mr. Lim.


Event Host: Kelly Hamilton, Digital Media Committee Chair
Master of Ceremony: Jeff Kover, VAPA Director

Participating Schools and Teachers:
BVH – Mr. Lim & Mrs. Camacho
CPH – Mr. Pearson
CVH – Ms. Spielman & Mr. Gallegos
CVM  Ms. Tom
ELH – Mr. Hinkle, Mr. Hall & Mr. Meads
ELM – Mrs. Taylor
HTH – Ms. Gray & Mrs. Conner
OLH – Mr. Exum
ORH – Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Oskay, Ms. Ecklund, & Mr. Bryant
RDRM – Mr. Black
SOH – Ms. Brown & Mr. Neumann
SUH – Ms. Ranganath
SYH – Mr. Solomon

Teacher Volunteers:
Award Presentation by Ms. Gray
Video by Ms. Gray & Ms. Oskay
Photography and Digital Design slideshows by Mrs. Conner
Audio & Animation by Mr. Exum
Screenings by Ms. Hamilton, Mr. Exum, Ms. Brown, Ms.Oskay, Mr. De Leon.
Concessions by Mr. Bryant
Event Photography by Mr. Solomon

Special thanks to all our community judges for volunteering their time and supporting the arts in our schools: Sandeep Kulkarni, Genadi Radiul, Travis Vasquez, John Sexton, Grady Williams, Mike Butler, Kyle Luna, Omar De Leon, Brian Perondi, Kent BrisbyAlexis Jaworski, Steve Grogan, Mike Menegus, Andrew Keher, Daniel Orren, Adam Sainte Croix, and Cindi Palmer.

2018 Best News Production was Hilltop High School News Broadcast – Ms. Gray


Rancho del Rey Middle – Drama

The Rancho del Rey Middle School Drama Department presents its spring production, “Us and Them” by David Campton, produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:30PM in the Rancho del Rey Middle School Cultural Arts Center.  The play is a meaningful, timeless, and innovative abstract social commentary that challenges audiences to reflect on how they perceive others.  The evening will include a Showcase of short student performances in Drama classes.  Tickets are $5.00.  Children 5 and under free.  Downloadable flyer here.


Otay Ranch High School – Drama Department

Otay Ranch High School’s Mustang Theatre Company Presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Production Dates: April 12-14 at 7 p.m. April 14 & 21 at 2 p.m. April 19-21 at 7 p.m. Location: Otay Ranch High School, 1250 Olympic Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91913 To reserve tickets email bernadette.siscon@sweetwaterschools.org

Tickets: $7 students and seniors. $10 adults.

Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner.

Downloadable poster here.

Website: https://orhstheater.weebly.com/


Sweetwater High – Mariachi Nuevo Aguadulce

Last week, Sweetwater High School’s Mariachi Nuevo Aguadulce was invited to play at the Fox 5 San Diego Morning Show. The same week, they attended Mariachi Workshops at USD and learned from some of the best mariachi musicians in the industry. On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, they participated in the Mariachi Festival & Competition at Pepper Park, in National City and won third place! Congratulations to Mariachi Nuevo Aguadulce and their Mariachi Instructor, Fredd Sanchez!