North County theater leads signature collection effort for arts and music education

Last weekend, under the neon tent of the historic Star Theater Company in Oceanside, theatergoers took tickets to the play and signed a petition. The petition is the first step in a proposal to guarantee art and music education at every California public school.

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Proponents have written a measure they hope to get in the November vote. Californians for art and music education in public schools are the group behind the idea of ​​securing a $ 800 million annual state budget for education, without gaps that would divert funding from art education.

This is an extraordinary offer. The voting group needs up to 1 million signatures to go before voters in California this fall.

David Schultz is the artistic director of the Star Theater. He also managed the current production of The Play That Goes Wrong, which now runs until Sunday.

“I had a high school football defender and even a prom queen on our stage. It is a theater for every member of the community, and most importantly for young artists who call themselves “children of the theater,” said Schultz. “When they get these art programs in schools, they can participate here in the Star Theater after school or in the summer, hone their skills and take it to another level.”


Holly Shockley helps collect signatures in the lobby before the performance. She is a member of the cast of A Play That Goes Wrong, now going to the Star Theater. She is also a special needs educator, Oceanside, CA, February 12, 2022.

Although the California Education Code requires art education to be offered to every student, today less than one in five public schools has an art and music teacher. The vote is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the host of the iconic Oscars, which are awarded to the best creatives in cinema.

Actor John Lithgow, Amy and Tony Award winner, also supported. He said: “Self-expression is a joy for a child to feel through only a creative act. I mean, that’s what we’re talking about. “

This week, the election campaign began collecting signatures at schools in the Los Angeles area. They are also looking for support here in San Diego County. The Star Theater Company hopes that others will follow their example in supporting the next generation of artists.

The Northern District Theater is leading a landmark effort in art and music education

Holly Shockley is the actor of the current Star Theater comedy, and on Saturday night she was also in the lobby collecting signatures. Her daily work is an educator with special needs. She said she welcomed the offer. “I’ve always grown with a love of art, and it’s always been on the piece,” she said. “So it’s great when our schools allocate money to cultivate that love and passion that ultimately contributes to better communication and a better community of leaders.”

The collection of signatures will be held at the other performances of the production. Details can be found at

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