Salinas Performing Arts


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Salinas Performing Arts, Inc.
P.O. Box 2817
Salinas, CA 93902
info@salinasperformingarts.org

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Salinas Performing Arts, Inc.
P.O. Box 2817
Salinas, CA 93902
info@salinasperformingarts.org

Salinas Performing Arts (SPA) has a long and productive history of fostering the performing arts in Salinas.  

Unofficially, SPA began at Hartnell College in 1960.  With the enthusiasm and talents of Tom Sinclair, Karen O'Grady, and Jan Woodard, an experimental musical production, a musical revue, A Little Bit of Broadway, was successfully produced to prove that a musical could succeed using local talent. 

In 1961-62 two musicals were presented at Hartnell College: Brigadoon and The King and I.  Although these two productions were successful, there was no support from the college at that time, so it was felt there was need for a community theatre with the emphasis on the local adult performer rather than the student.  

Establishing it's bylaws in 1969 and in 1974, Tom Sinclair, with Clinora Wiley and Joann Adair, embarked on the formation of Salinas Performing Arts, Inc. Through the fund raising efforts of SPA, the main theater at Hartnell College was built. This eventually became the home of The Western Stage, which took over the musical theater productions.  

SPA turned its focus to dance concerts, in particular it became noted for its annual production of The Nutcracker.  This famous Christmas performance delighted local families for years.  It provided opportunities for children and adults to perform with professionals with lead roles performed by dancers from major ballet companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Miami Ballet, and Boston Ballet.

With the passing of Joann Adair, the last living founder of SPA, there was fear that SPA would cease to operate.  However, several community members believing SPA's mission was still valid and as needed as ever, came together to form a new board and continue promoting the performing arts in our community and providing scholarships to our youth so that they may pursue training in the performing arts.  

If you are interested in becoming a board member, sponsor, donor, or affiliated with SPA in any other way, please contact us at info@salinasperformingarts.org or use the Contact Us page on this website.

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