Past POP Tour Productions
The Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour began in 1987 with the original musical
Silent Edward with book and lyrics by Des McAnuff. Since that time every year features a
world premiere production commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse to serve the youth of San Diego County.
Past plays have included Karen Zacarías' Frida Libre, Barry Kornhauser’s
Recipe for Disaster, Ernie Nolan’s A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves),
Finnegan Kruckmeyer’s Suzette Who Set to Sea, Kathryn Walat's Miss Electricity,
Will Power's Honey Bo and the Gold Mine, Julia Cho's Bay and the Spectacles of Doom,
Julia Jordan's Guitar, Hilly Hicks, Jr.'s The Breeze, The Gust, The Gale and the Wind
and Luis Alfaro's Ladybird, the Life and Times of a Roller Derby Queen.
POP Tour performances are ideal for students in grades 2 - 5.
Join Our Adopt-A-School Program!
Sponsor a POP Tour performance for the youth of San Diego County.
Unfortunately, many schools cannot afford to bring programs such as the POP Tour to their students.
That is why the Playhouse created the Adopt-A-School program. Playhouse friends Judy Smith and
Barbara ZoBell, with the help of the Playhouse Education Committee, created the Adopt-A-School
program for those who love theatre and feel no child should be without its transformative power.
Adopt-A-School contributors may subsidize an entire performance or even two: a $600 contribution
covers the cost of one performance at a school or community center and an $850 contribution covers
two performances at the same site. In 2014, the POP Tour traveled to 53 schools throughout San Diego
County, 39 of which were subsidized through the Adopt-A-School program.
The success of the POP Tour throughout the years keeps the community looking forward to future
La Jolla Playhouse Education and Outreach programs are supported by corporate sponsors Qualcomm Foundation, US Bank, San Diego Gas & Electric, Bank of America, Cox Communications, Union Bank of California, ResMed Foundation, Allianz Global Investors, Macy’s Foundation, Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Neiman Marcus, Nordson Corporation Foundation and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California. Foundation support provided by The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation, Las Patronas, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation, The Farrell Family Foundation, The Favrot Fund, The Crawford Smith Foundation, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Price Philanthropies, Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, The Sutherland Foundation, The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund and La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation. Government support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant and the City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.