So Popera Productions are a fresh, new Wollongong based not-for-profit company with a mission to bridge the gap between community theatre and professional theatre in the Illawarra Region.
Established in 2008, The company was founded and continued to be managed by University of Wollongong graduates, all of whom have professional training in the Entertainment Industry. So Popera has staged four very successful Musical productions as well as a variety of cabaret and curated showcases - all while developing the proud tradition of providing quality, worthwhile opportunities for emerging artists in the Illawarra Region.
So Popera have the pleasure of providing a training ground for developing artists and technicians. By working alongside our industry professionals, new recruits will gain skills through work experience programs, as well as industry training and development for production students - including University & TAFE students and VET Entertainment placements - many of whom have gone on to pursue full time careers in the industry.
One of the most recent and most successful production staged by So Popera was the Illawarra’s premiere performance of the hit Broadway musical, Singin in the Rain, playing to sold out houses at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in January 2019.
So Popera has been awarded multiple times in 2014-2019 including Best Production of a Musical, Best Director, Best Musical Director, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design, Best Costume among other categories at the Canberra Area Theatre Awards, which encompasses regional NSW. In 2017, Brother & sister team Peter and Amy Copeland were also award the prestigious Gold Cat Award for outstanding contribution to Theatre and The Arts in multiple disciplines.
With continued community support, So Popera is able to bring the highest standard of theatre to Wollongong audiences, with an exciting new season of productions in the works. 2020/21 will see So Popera present Legally Blonde, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jersey Boys and more exciting productions to the IPAC stage, again bringing state-of-the-art staging and highest production values to the Illawarra.