Shine On Performing Arts is relocating to a permanent performance space in Cedar Park in June.

The performing arts nonprofit, which is currently operating out of Central Leander Church, will debut its new studio theater June 6-8 with a production of "Alice in Wonderland." The 4,000-square-foot facility will also feature a classroom.

In November, Shine On Performing Arts expects to open a performing arts center at a 6,800-square-foot building next door.

The background

Shine On Performing Arts is an educational and religious nonprofit that serves individuals of all ages and abilities, many of which have visual processing disorders such as dyslexia, said Emily Calasopa, founder and executive artistic director. Since opening in 2022, Shine On Performing Arts has grown from 23 to over 400 participants in the program, she said.

Shine On Performing Arts hosts camps and a variety of classes on acting, dancing, singing, improv, screenwriting, set building and directing that range from one- to 12-week sessions. The nonprofit also offers a leadership training program and visual processing classes where a doctor helps cast members who struggle to read scripts learn their lines.

The theater puts on student productions where everyone who auditions is cast and main stage productions in which cast members are selected through an audition process.

Stay tuned

At its new space, Shine On Performing Arts plans to partner with Leander ISD to provide opportunities for special education students beginning next school year, Calasopa said.