New Shelton business will focus on the creative arts

A new business is opening in Shelton to offer creative arts classes and related events for parents and children of all ages.

Pinwheel Studios will hold a grand opening for the public Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 60 Todd Road, in the Wonder Years Learning Center building.

The new company is owned by Gina Scarpa and its offerings will include vocal performance lessons and birthday parties.

“I am so excited to continue and expand upon the creative work my parents have done within this community for the last four decades,” said Scarpa, who is the daughter of Gary and Francesca Scarpa, who run Center Stage Theatre.

Years of teaching and directing

Gina Scarpa has been teaching and directing alongside her parents for more than 15 years.

Besides assisting with the Shelton High School Drama Club and Youth CONNection musicals, she currently oversees the “On Stage at Perry Hill” program and Center Stage summer camp.

She created the Teen Musical Theatre Workshop, and continues to direct middle and high school students each fall along with her sister, Mia Scarpa.

The Pinwheel Studios grand opening will feature a tour of the building, light snacks and beverages, special performances, and character appearances. Information will be available on upcoming classes and events, and booking children’s birthday parties.

“It is my hope that Pinwheel Studios will bring families together and instill a love of the arts from a very early age,” Gina Scarpa said.

Upcoming events at Pinwheel include a pediatric first aid/CPR certification course for adults, April vacation day camp for kids, and parent/child music classes. Learn more at