The Capistrano Dispatch
The South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 4 at the Porthole Theater at Dana Hills High School. To commemorate two decades in service, the annual year-end showcase will be performed.
All of SOCSA’s departments—vocal music, instrumental music, dance, drama, theater and visual arts—will be represented in this year’s showcase. The event will also honor SOCSA’s founder, Robb Rigg.
Rigg, a theater and dance teacher at Dana Hills High School, started SOCSA in 1996 with a class of 150 students. Since, SOCSA has trained more than 7,000 students.
“I have so many incredible memories of students, staff, parents and administration from that first board meeting approving the SOCSA Academy to participating in so many outstanding performances, to seeing graduates on Broadway, on the ‘big screen’ at the movies, hearing them on the radio, seeing them on TV, and nominated for major awards. It is humbling how much talent goes through DHHS and SOCSA,” Rigg said in a statement.
With SOCSA in place and after teaching at Dana Hills for 24 years, Rigg transferred to San Juan Hills High School and taught during the school’s first four years. He helped to establish its Collaborative Arts Program and retired from the Capistrano Unified School District in 2011.
Pre-show entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Porthole Theater air Dana Hills High School. Performances begin at 6 p.m., and there will be a raffle with a chance to win a three-night trip to New York City with theater tickets and airfare covered.