Patron Services: 858.550.1010

Education & Outreach
POP Tour Information
Pop Tour Information

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 Robert Lee and BD Wong's Alice Chan, José Cruz González's The Astronaut Farmworker, Finnegan Kruckmeyer’s Suzette Who Set to Sea, Karen Zacarías Frida Libre, Barry Kornhauser’s Recipe for Disaster, Ernie Nolan’s A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves), 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.

POP Tour Performance Costs

One performance: $650
Two performances in the same space on the same day: $850
A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified organizations through our Adopt-A-School program. Please print the application and return to the Playhouse via fax or mail to be included in the scholarship interest list.

Apply for the Adopt-A-School fund here.

POP Tour Education Tools

  • The Education & Outreach Department at La Jolla Playhouse is excited to launch a new way to engage and educate students and teachers. The eGuide was designed to activate student curiosity around the stories presented during the Performance Outreach Program. The eGuide also provides activities and digital resources to teachers to help engage students in classroom conversations. Please check back for the 2018 POP Tour eGuide.

  • A teaching artist will come to the school for a forty-five minute workshop about the themes of the play. It is a fun opportunity to get the students thinking theatrically and engaging with the topic of the POP Tour.

  • The cast and crew host a question and answer session with the audience immediately following the performance.

POP Tour Technical Requirements

  • A 20' x 20' by 8' high indoor performance space with a smooth floor. A gym, cafetorium or all-purpose room is ideal for this performance. The space should be well lit, but theatrical lighting is not necessary. Electrical outlets capable of handling the touring sound equipment.

  • An accessible dressing room or adult bathroom for the actors to change into costume, preferably separate male and female facilities.

  • On the day of the event, the actors and stage manager arrive approximately 1.5 hours prior to the performance to load in the set and equipment, generally with two vans (or one van and a few cars). Upon arrival, an adult designee and a member of the custodial staff need to be available to show the actors to the performance space, assist in the load-in and address any questions. Following the performance, an additional hour of supervision and assistance for the strike and load-out will be needed.


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 $650 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 productions.


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.