Newsletters

Booker VPA sends weekly newsletters to our parents to update you on current happenings in our programs. You can access a copy by clicking on the date below.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Nov. 28, 2021

VPA Welcomes Lizzi Nehls as Production Manager The VPA is thrilled to announce the onboarding of Lizzi Nehls as the newest member of the Booker VPA team. Ms. Nehls is taking over as the production manager. With experience including gigs on and off Broadway in stage management and production, Ms. Nehls brings a wealth of expertise to the role. Most […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Nov. 14, 2021

How do your relationships shape the world-at-large? Lots to ponder as Dance examines the timely territory of connectedness.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Nov. 7, 2021

Booker High Teacher Named District High School Teacher of the Year Booker High School Spanish teacher Loridia Urquiza was surprised on Thursday with the announcement that she was named Sarasota County’s high school teacher of the year. Mrs. Urquiza teaches Spanish and has led several initiations to increase visibility and appreciation of Hispanic students at Booker and in the larger […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Oct. 31, 2021

HOCO 2021–A Week in Pictures This week was Homecoming Spirit week, a time to unify and celebrate the culture of Booker High School. It was a fantastic, fun week, with spirit dress-up days, a door decorating contest, and a pep rally in Tornado Alley. And then, of course, there was the Homecoming Game against the Hardee Wildcats. With the cool […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Oct. 24, 2021

VPA goes pink for breast cancer awareness.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Oct. 17, 2021

Greek Freaks: Adonis and Persephone attempt to find love.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Oct. 10, 2021

Dance Students Wrap Week with UF Master Class University of Florida Associate Professor of Dance and Choreography Trent Dwight Williams visited the VPA Dance studios to offer a master class on Oct. 8. The students were ebullient as they learned his choreography. Williams emphasized important dance concepts, like creating the illusion of lightness, with humor. Of weightlessness, he quipped, “If […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Oct. 3, 2021

It’s fall, y’all! Time for still life study of autumn gourds in Film & Animation class.

Creativity in the Time of COVID–September 26, 2021

Electric opener: Saturday Night Fever! delivers excitement and joy!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Sept. 19, 2021

3-D artists create sculptures of imagination and whimsy.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Sept. 12, 2021

Get your tickets for a night in September you’ll be sure to remember! On sale Monday, Sept. 13!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Aug. 22, 2021

Masks made mandatory again, but they need not resemble this Black Plague-era face covering.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Aug. 15, 2021

Week one flew by! Let’s soar to new heights in 2021!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–August 9, 2021

Away we go! Here comes the 2021-22 school year.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–June 13, 2021

Gold Shines! On Friday night, all that glittered was gold, as the VPA faculty dazzled an audience of Booker students, alum, and other friends of the VPA with a stunning array of performances. “Gold: A Faculty Showcase” had plenty of delights on tap: Courtney Smith, performing hip hop choreographed by Kris Powell; Amanda Nix leading a rock band as she […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid–June 6, 2021

They did it!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–May 31, 2021

Reflecting on the sacrifices that have been at the service of our great nation.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–May 23, 2021

The sound of music: this week was dominated with energetic and spectacular music events in three outdoor concerts.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–May 16, 2021

VPA teachers take the stage to raise spirits & earn funds.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–May 9, 2021

Thanks to all the mothers and to those who take on the role of mothering, mentoring, and nurturing our precious children.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–May 2, 2021

VPA Art Senior Thesis Show opens this week–May 5!

More dates and events on the horizon! Get these into your calendar today!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–April 25, 2021

Kingdom of Solitaire a smashing success!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–April 18, 2021

‘Circle of Truth’ delights; AICE testing information for 2021 exam series in this edition

Creativity in the Time of Covid–April 11, 2021

Kaity Cairo wins scholarship in the name of VPA Theatre Alum Sam Mossler.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–April 3, 2021

Senior information/dates in this edition!

Creativity in the Time of COVID-March 27, 2021

Film crews prepare for location shooting for Stephen King adaptation.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–March 14, 2021

Enjoy a happy, healthy Spring Break!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–March 7, 2021

Our heartfelt thanks to the inimitable Nothing Bundt Cakes, whose donation of 400 cake samples made Death by Chocolate that much sweeter!

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Feb. 28, 2021

Countdown to Spring Break! The break is March 15-19.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Feb. 21, 2021

Sweet romance is back: Death By Chocolate in the works

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Feb. 14, 2021

Celebrating Black History Month!

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Feb. 7, 2021

The VPA salutes the contributions of Black American artists as we observe Black History Month.

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Jan. 31, 2021

Head over heels for our candidates! Ms. Smith demonstrates a phrase.

Creativity in the Time of Covid–Jan. 24, 2021

New beginnings, new hope

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Jan. 17, 2021

“I have a dream…”

Creativity in the Time of COVID-Jan. 10, 2021

Here’s to all the best in 2021!

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Dec. 20, 2020

We Made It! Here we are on the eve of our winter holiday break, a much-anticipated moment for us all to rest and rejuvenate, spend time with loved ones (hopefully, in our bubble!), and reflect on all that 2020 has brought. What a tumultuous year! Who would have known, this time last year, that life as we know it would […]

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Dec. 13, 2020

Holiday wishes from VPA Music will come in the form of two season-themed concerts

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Dec. 6, 2020

Oh, the places he’ll go…
Myles Summerlin qualifies for the top Take Stock in Children scholarship.

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Nov. 29, 2020

We give thanks to our incredible VPA community!

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Nov. 22, 2020

BHS College Adviser Lem Andrews needs YOU! Help us fulfill our goal of 100% VPA FAFSA completion!

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Nov. 15, 2020

This past week presents our “Storm Edition”: storms damage, but they also can offer astonishing and awesome forces to witness…

Creativity in the Time of Covid-Nov. 8, 2020

Theatre sweeps Florida Theatre Conference with The Bone Orchard virtual performance.

Creativity in the Time of Covid

VPA holds farewell performance in preparation for renovation.

Creativity in the Time of COVID

Time’s a-tickin’! Register for our LIVE broadcast of Phantasmic now!