TCHA produces four different theatre productions every year: a fall musical, a winter ministry play, a spring classic play and a summer musical camp.
The Fall Musical is open to any home-educated student age 13-18. Students perform a full-length musical theatre production at a local performing arts venue. Coaching in singing, acting, and dancing is given to all performers involved.
Winter Ministry Play
The Winter Ministry Play is open to home-educated students aged 10-18. Productions feature prominent Christian themes and include plays like “Pilgrim’s Progress”, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Warddrobe” or “Ben Hur”.
Spring Classic Play
The Spring Classic play is open to any home-educated student aged 13-18. Students gain experience and exposure performing classic plays such as “Our Town” or “Comedy of Errors”.
The Summer Musical is for home-educated students age 8-13. Students perform an abridged edition of a full-length musical theatre production at a church or community venue. Coaching in singing, acting, and dancing is given to all performers involved.
Michaela Leist is thrilled to direct with TCHA!
She graduated from North Central University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Youth Ministries. Some of her favorite shows to direct in the past have been Robin Hood and Angel’s Trumpet (a story about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald). She also enjoys acting and her favorite role as an actress has been Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
She loves the aspect of theatre that allows people to have an ‘aha!’ moment and learn something new about themselves or about the world around them. She finds joy in being able to artfully tell story, and most importantly, aspects of God’s story.
She resides in NE Minneapolis with her husband, Nick, and cat, Kona. In her free time, she enjoys finding new coffee shops, having game nights with friends, and training for marathons with her husband.
Julie Nelson has always had a love for the arts. She has spent many years acting, dancing, and singing, and majored in Theater at Mankato State University. She is currently teaching Theater at South Heights Christian Classes (since 2011), In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center (since 2010), and in 2013 started her own Homeschool Theater Company, “Acting With Character” which now offers classes and performance opportunities at TCHA and South Heights.
Julie also teaches classes for children and adults with special needs, along with private acting classes, and has developed and taught an intergenerational Theater program for the elders and preschoolers at Ebenezer Care Center. Julie has acted, written, and directed many dramas and plays for various churches, Sunday School and homeschool co-ops. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love for theater with all her students and helping them explore their creativity and develop their unique talents. She is married and has four boys whom she homeschooled for eleven years.