A new season of theater, dance, music and learning is underway at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.
The premiere performing arts center on the eastern shore of the Hillsborough River is the epicenter for outstanding performances by professionals and amateurs.
“We inspire students to dream, reach, create and discover,” said Matthew Belopavlovich, the lead theater teacher at the Straz Center's Patel Conservatory.
The conservatory in an arts learning center for more than 70,000 students on stage, in classrooms and in the community each year. It offers classes in music, theater and dance, said Belopavlovich, who also teaches outreaches and is directing Peter Pan Jr.
Classes range from drumming at MacDill Air Force Base to screenwriting to taking a theater outreach class a Pepin Academy.