About our events:
Each year CASA produces several fabulous fundraising events including shopping night at Books Inc. in December, The Winter Art & Music Show in January, Family Music Night in February and our fabulous end of the year musical in May. These events help raise funds for CASA, showcase our talented tiny divas, and bring our community together for fantastic evenings.
We believe that all children are inherently creative and aim to tap into each child’s inner artist. Some of our students come to us ready for the spotlight, others are more hesitant performers. We work with everyone on this spectrum to find individual comfort levels and discover new skills.
The CASA Musical
CASA’s Spring Musical and Benefit provides a unique opportunity to 300 kindergarten through 5th graders. Working with each individual child, CASA finds a place for everyone to participate in this incredible ensemble production. Each graduating 5th grader creates their own character and then portrays them, in full costume, as leads in an original musical on a professional stage.
Every year, the CASA Annual Spring Musical explores a different theme of interest to our students. In 2015 our theme was SAN FRANCISCO. The CASA kids dove into San Francisco history while also exploring The City’s rapid change, focusing on issues of gentrification, displacement and identity. The script was developed through a series of improvisations and writing exercises with the 5th grade leads, and the result, City Not For Sale- was stunning! Check out this beautiful tribute as featured on NPR’s This American Life! (Starts at 23:02)
Working side-by-side with professional actors, musicians, technicians and designers, the CASA students produce a truly magnificent theatrical experience that doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matters. CASA musicals take kids on an adventurous journey of self-discovery culminating in a lively celebration of individuality and experiential development.