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Visual and Performing Arts Theatre Program

Current program
P.S. ARTS, a non-profit foundation, provides visual and performing arts instruction at all the elementary schools. The Morgan-Wixson Theatre provides opportunities for elementary students to attend theatre performances. Santa Monica Playhouse offers workshops for students and classroom teachers. SMMEF and PTSAs fund after-school "non credit" drama programs at John Adams and Lincoln Middle Schools that put on spring musicals. Malibu Middle, Malibu High, Olympic High, and Samohi offer classes in acting and stagecraft technology.

Performances in 2015-16 included “Into the Woods” at John Adams Middle School, “Mary Poppins” at Lincoln Middle School, “Into the Woods” at Malibu Middle School, “33 Variations” in the fall and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in the spring at Malibu High School, and “Clybourne Park” in the fall and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Public Domain” in the spring at Santa Monica High School.

Samohil students participate in the Drama Teachers of Southern California (DTASC) annual Fall Festivals and Shakespeare Festivals. In 2016, two Samohi students were selected as semifinalists in the LA County Music Center’s “Spotlight” Awards. One was subsequently selected as a “Spotlight” finalist, and he was also selected as one of 60 Presidential Scholars in the Arts candidates as part of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404