SOPA is a Performing Arts School for children and young adults. It started life as The Children’s Playhouse in 1992 organising a drama programme over the summer months.

It was then formally established as Drama Troupe in November 1999 and in the same year Lorraine Aquilina and Gillian Zammit produced their first musical ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

The musical included 80 children from various schools on the island who performed together with established actors and singers, Philip Stilon, Claudette Pace and Mario Ellul. This musical saw the launching of a project which today caters for almost 300 students between the ages of 3 and 30 years.

Over the years, the school felt the need to create classes which would allow the performer to develop in all areas. It was in November 2011 that a dance and a music section were established and the school relaunched as The School of Performing Arts (SOPA).

Several of its former students have today qualified in various aspects of drama dance and music and form part of the energetic and enthusiastic staff which together with the students form the heart and soul of this Performing Arts School.

Cool Timeline


SOPA Premises opens at Swatar!

The new premises opens its doors at St. Martin’s College with purpose-built studio spaces for dance and drama classes as well as smaller rooms for individual piano and voice tuition

The Music Studio is established

A music school, offering classes in music, singing, theory and instrument specialisation.

Drama Troupe Company produces it’s first show at Teatru Manoel


Produced the Opera – The Befana

Drama Troupe Company Collaborates with Dance Workshop to produce the Opera – The Befana.

Drama Troupe School opens its doors during the winter.

Lorraine Aquilina is named Principal and Gillian Zammit becomes Musical Director.

Drama Troupe Company is established.


Gillian Zammit joins Drama Troupe