TCHA holds two musicals every year: a summer musical camp for elementary students, and a fall musical for middle/high school students. We are focused on giving every student the opportunity to be on stage while presenting a quality, God-honoring production. Students can expect to gain knowledge and skills in performance, dance, singing, and acting.
The Summer Musical is for home-educated students age 6-12. 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.
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.
Into the Woods Jr.
I am passionately in love with the art of theatre. I grew up in sunny South Florida where I pursued musical theatre training with youth performing arts studios. For some crazy reason I decided to go to college in FREEZING cold Minneapolis, MN.
At North Central University I received a beautifully well-rounded education in theatre. I was able to experience multiple facets of the university’s main stage productions: performing principal and chorus roles, lighting design, costume design, stage management, and assistant directing. Through my theatre, voice, and dance classes I developed a deeper understanding of the art form as well as improved my abilities as a theatre artist.
I love acting and directing equally. I live for the magical sensation of immersing myself into a character and portraying her to a captivated audience. I am filled with exhilaration when breathing life into a script by orchestrating the components needed to effectively portray a story. I LOVE teaching what I know to others. I want to spend my life invested in the art of theatre. I never want to stop learning and growing. I want to play a major role in keeping theatre alive and growing.
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.