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La Jolla Playhouse Presents 2017 POP Tour: #SuperShinySara

La Jolla Playhouse Presents

2017 POP Tour

Written by Wesley Middleton
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Touring San Diego County Schools February 1 - March 31, 2017.

There are also four public performances taking place at the Playhouse (Potiker Theatre) on March 25 & 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both days. Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults.

Sara is an excellent storyteller and a pretty good older sister. Still, her life is nothing compared to the glamorous world of her idol, @ShoppyGoddess – a teenage fashion mogul and megastar on social media. Sara longs to escape into the fabulous online world of photos, fame, and followers. But when a magical event transports her right into the social media feed itself, she discovers that having a super shiny life may not be so perfect after all. Exploring themes of authenticity, deceit, friendship and redemption, this imaginative new play reveals how empowering it can be to create your own story and take pride in who you are.

Introduced in 1987, the POP Tour travels throughout the county, touring schools, libraries and community centers. Prior to each performance, a Playhouse teaching artist visits each school to engage students in an interactive workshop to explore issues and themes at the core of the play. The Playhouse also provides schools with a standards-based engagement guide that enables educators to integrate the play into their existing curriculum. After each performance, the cast and crew conduct a question and answer session with the audience.

Ideal for students in grades 3 - 6.

» Click here for more information about the POP Tour

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $650 for one performance
  • $850 for two performances*

*If booking two performances, they must be on the same day in the same location.

NOW BOOKING! To book at your school, click here or contact Paola Kubelis at
(858) 228-3046 or [email protected]

Schools are provided with copies of a standards-based enrichment guide to support teachers' classroom work before and after the performance. Curriculum coming soon!

A limited amount of funding is available to help lower the cost for schools in need through the Adopt-A-School fund.

Apply for the Adopt-A-School fund here.

Want to help? Consider making a contribution to our “Adopt-A-School” Fund today to bring the POP Tour to one of this year’s deserving Title l schools.


The POP Tour commission is made possible through the generous support of
The Potiker Family.

La Jolla Playhouse Gratefully Acknowledges the Generous Institutional Support of our Education & Outreach Donors

Corporate support provided by:
US Bank
Bank of America
Wells Fargo
Union Bank
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Employees Community Fund of Boeing CA
Silicon Valley Bank

Government support provided by:
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

The County of San Diego

The County of San Diego

The City of Encinitas & Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program
The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant

Foundation support provided by:

The Hearst Foundations
The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation
Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation
San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation
The Farrell Family Foundation
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
The David C. Copley Foundation
Lynne & Mason Rosenthal; Leo S. Guthman Fund
Price Philanthropies Foundation
John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

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Touring San Diego County Schools

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $650 for one performance
  • $850 for two performances*

With Booking, Schools Receive:

  • 50-minute performance
  • Pre-performance workshop+
  • Education engagement guide
  • Post-performance Q&A with cast^

  • +Pre-performance workshops must be scheduled separately and are based on availability
  • ^Time permitting

*If booking two performances, they must be on the same day in the same location.

Public Performances

At the Playhouse: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
March 25 & 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both days.
Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults.

There are no events associated with this performance

Meet the Creative Team

WESLEY MIDDLETON loves writing plays for young audiences. She first caught the bug over 20 years ago in a class taught by the incredible TYA playwright Suzan Zeder. Her play Tomato Plant Girl was developed and premiered by Metro Theater Company with UT/Austin and Idaho Theater for Youth, and went on to be produced around the US by companies including Childsplay (Tempe, AZ,) Geva Theatre (Rochester, NY), and Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD). Her other TYA plays include Degas’ Little Dancer, developed and produced by Zach Scott Theater’s Project Interact and later by The Alliance (Atlanta, GA) and Unsorted, commissioned and produced by Metro Theater Company (St. Louis, MO). She has worked in many areas of theatre, as a teaching artist (ACT and Intiman Theatres, Seattle), festival director (Seattle Fringe Festival), and producing director (Ripe Time Theatre Company, NYC). In 2014, after receiving her M.F.A. in Television Writing and Production at Long Island University Brooklyn, she moved to Los Angeles, where she continues to love writing plays for young audiences and looks forward to writing for television one day as well.

DELICIA TURNER SONNENBERG is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, where she has directed many acclaimed productions. Recently named Director of the Year by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, she has directed for San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre Company, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and Playwrights Project. Her honors include Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program fellowship, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Patte Awards, a Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award, Van Lier Fund fellowship (Second Stage Theatre), and the New York Drama League’s Directors Project.