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Our 2019/2020 Musical

James and the Giant Peach

Heartbeat Denver and Central Presbyterian Church are offering a free community theater opportunity for kids in 2nd-12th grade, led by local music and drama professionals Dr. Sarah Eaton (voice coach/music preparation), Wil Smith (conductor), Rachel Dempsey (stage director) and Marie Barker (drama coach).

There are still small parts available. Rehearsals will take place most Sundays from October 20 to March 8, 11:30-1 with one free performance on March 15 at 1 pm. All events take place at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street, Denver. Please contact for more information or to schedule an audition.

Rehearsals: Sundays, October 20 through March 15, 11:30am-1pm (rehearsals will be extended closer to the performance date)
Performance: Sunday, March 15, 1pm

Marie Barker began her studies in Musical Theatre at the University of the Arts, but then reset her course toward her true passions and earned her degree in Children’s Theatre from the College of Charleston.  Marie has taught K-8th grade drama in schools and theaters across Atlanta, has directed numerous children’s theater productions in both Georgia and her home state of South Carolina, and has worked alongside drama therapists in Chicago, IL.

Rachel Dempsey has been working in theatre with children and adults of all abilities for twenty years. A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, she also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute and directing at Playwrights Horizons. She served as Director of Early Childhood Arts Education at Imagination Stage in Washington, D.C. and most recently worked as a director and playwright for ArtStream – a theatre company that supports actors with disabilities.

Dr. Sarah Eaton holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, has worked as an opera singer and recitalist, and has taught students at all levels, from Kindermusik to graduate students for over 15 years. She currently serves as Associate Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church and most recently taught voice at Dana V Music in Louisville, CO.

Wil Smith is active as a composer and performer of new music. Called an “Intrepid keyboardist” by the New York Times, Wil regularly performs concerts of newly commissioned works written for him by some of today’s leading composers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in church music and music composition from Florida State University and a master’s degree in music composition from Manhattan School of Music.

Pop Choir

What: “Lifted Me Up” by Michael Engelhardt

Who:  2nd through 12th grade (bring friends!)

When:  Sundays in September starting September 8, 11:30am-1pm. Sing in worship October 6, 10:30am.