The Velveteen Rabbit ~ Racheal Arnold

CSOPA is a non-profit, youth theatre arts studio offering training and performance opportunities in theatre and musical theatre for ages 5-24.

We acknowledge and support that engagement and success looks different for each student, and our faculty prioritizes keeping their teaching style, activities, and goals flexible to the needs of our students.

We have high expectations of our students. Pre-Professional means that students will be challenged to expand their skill set in a disciplined and technique-driven atmosphere. Students are expected to demonstrate a strong level of commitment and independence and will be held to a high standard for focus, work ethic, attendance, and punctuality. All classes will have age-appropriate required homework between classes, such as memorizing lines and lyrics, reviewing choreography, doing independent research, reading articles and scripts.

CSOPA is a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Why Theatre Education?

There are many benefits of participating in theatre that will help in whatever life path is chosen. When creativity can flourish it often follows that academics improve and self-esteem develops.

  • It is INSPIRATIONAL. Young people become engaged in their own learnng, excited and aware
  • It CHALLENGES perceptions, CHANGES attitudes and behaviour. We provide a safe learning environment for young people where they are able to think about the issues raised and examine the consequences of actions for themselves.
  • It IMPROVES self-esteem, motivation and achievement. By using drama as a learning tool, young people can add purpose and value to their creativity and find their own unique ways to discover answers for themselves.
  • It delivers key messages that are easily understood and remembered. Theatre education encourages young people to DEVELOP INQUIRY SKILLS. It questions what influences are all around them which in turn impacts on behaviours and attitude, empowering them to make informed, healthy life choices. To portray topics in a very visual way and to provide a context for the information provided allows young people to make inferences about what the information provided means for themselves in everyday life.

Collaboration is not the act of creating without conflict. It is the act of creating something in spite of our differences.