Homeschool Music, Theatre and Arts Classes

Our Mission:

To provide a platform for children and community members to explore the world of artistic expression.

We do this by providing quality educational and creative experiences, enhancing children’s self-confidence, personal growth, collaboration, and leadership skills while engaging our community.

Our Goals:

Current Class Offerings

Musical Theatre

Class Description

Schedule

Why this class?

Session 1 (Sept 7 – Dec 14th)

In this class, students will study the foundations of musical theatre performance.

They will learn acting through improvisation, voice and diction, physicalization, audition techniques, and character development. They will also study choreography and dance styles for Musical Theatre.

In addition, students will learn proper vocal techniques and storytelling through song.

There will also be opportunities for students to learn aspects of technical theatre.

Session 1 classes will culminate in a cabaret performance.

Session 1Total Price = $330

Session 2 (Jan 4 – May 24th)

Session 2 will consist of auditions and rehearsals that will begin in January for a one-act musical that will be performed in May. 

The registration fee for session 2 includes a one-time additional show fee of $25 to help pay for royalties and costuming.

Students will continue to study the foundations of musical theatre performance.

They will learn acting through improvisation, voice and diction, physicalization, audition techniques, and character development. They will also study choreography and dance styles for Musical Theatre.

In addition, students will learn proper vocal techniques and storytelling through song.

There will also be opportunities for students to learn aspects of technical theatre.

Session 2 Total Price =$575

Monthly Fee

$110

Includes Weekly 90- Minute Classes

 

After School Theatre and Music classes will be developed based on the success of the homeschool class.  

Possible future classes:

Meet the Teachers

Theatre Arts

Jenni Caruso

     Jenni Caruso has been a performer since the age of 7.  Growing up in West Virginia, she had the good fortune to have an outdoor drama close by that hired directors, designers, and choreographers from New York.  They showed the value of hard work and exposed Jenni to a whole new world of opportunities. She was hooked after her first audition. Having such positive theatrical experiences at a young age truly shaped Jenni as a performer and an arts educator. 

     She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Auburn University and a Masters of Education from Cambridge College.  She has been a performer on stage, film, and television her entire life.  She has performed at regional theaters across the US and toured with a solo show across England, Wales, and Australia. 

     She has been teaching Theatre to students of all ages for over 20 years in the private sector at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Kalliope Center for Creative Kids, After School Matters, Kaiser Permanente Arts Educator Program, and Art Smart Camp.  She taught Theatre in Dekalb Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Rockdale County Public Schools for 19 years. 

     Jenni is an award-winning director and choreographer.  Her One Act and Literary teams at Salem High School won their Region 4-AAAA competitions four years in a row and placed at the AAAA State competitions six times.  She has had students in the opening and closing numbers at the Georgia Thespian Conference and in the Closing Showcase for Superior performances. Jenni’s students have also gone on to the semifinals at the August Wilson Monologue Competition. 

     More than anything, Jenni is passionate about the arts and how they can instill confidence and leadership skills.  They can enhance academic performance and increase test scores.  They also give children an emotional outlet to express themselves, gain empathy for others, and achieve a larger worldview. 

Music

Theresa Hamm-Smith

     Theresa Hamm~Smith’s family has lived in Conyers for four generations. She is a Heritage High School graduate and received a degree in vocal performance from Shorter College in Rome, GA. She continued her vocal study in Texas with the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Program.

     Theresa began her career with an impressive string of vocal competition wins, starting as a Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist, going on to win The Grande Prix Lyrique in Monte Carlo, where it was her distinct honor to represent the United States and to dine with HRH Prince Renier of Monaco. She also won the New Jersey State Opera Auditions, the Mobile Opera Competition, and a study grant from Opera Index, Inc.

     Houston Grand Opera’s touring production of Porgy and Bess was her first professional job. This opera remains one of her favorites for its beautiful music, it has taken her all around the world singing the roles of Serena and Bess, and it was in a production of this opera that she met her beloved husband.

     She made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, and later sang this work with the Knoxville Symphony. Her love of concert and oratorio repertoire has been satiated with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Requiem’s of Brahms, Mozart, Faure, Poulenc’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, many of the works of Vivaldi among others.

     Theresa is very much at home on the opera stage. Her Metropolitan Opera credits include Porgy and Bess, Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Parsifal. She appeared in the New Jersey State Opera’s production of Nabucco. She debuted as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Chautauqua Opera, and made her San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere of Dead Man Walking, receiving excellent reviews for her portrayal of Sister Rose, which she recorded on the Erato Label. She has also sung with the Atlanta Symphony as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as other works, and has had the pleasure of singing under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano.

     Theresa has been blessed to enjoy a varied career, she’s worked Off Broadway, on some of the world’s most prestigious concert and opera stages, she even sang backup for New Kid’s on the Block once! After living in New York City for ten years, Theresa now resides in Conyers. Her interests include cooking, reading, writing children’s books. She published her first children’s book, HERO Finds His Voice! in 2018. Today, two of her favorite roles are Wife and Mother.

 

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