*Heather Kline, Acting is Elementary and Musikgarten instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
From the time we are born and throughout every stage of our development, music impacts our lives. Music helps us learn about the world and ourselves. It brings us joy, comfort, and nurtures and heals our souls. At the age of 11, I said that I wanted to be a teacher. Little did I know that this desire would lead me to mentoring young people in more ways than I could imagine as a teacher and a counselor. My journey has maintained one common theme of using my musical talents to help children and teens. As a teacher my goal is to help my students, from the young toddler to the young at heart, develop confidence, fulfill their musical potential, and find their purpose in life, be it music related or otherwise.
After graduating with a B.S. in Music Education with a concentration in voice and a minor in Theatre, Heather’s first job was working as the Creative Ministries Leader for a parish of four churches. In this role, she created and directed a dance, music, and drama troupe comprised of students ages 10-14 that traveled to perform at various churches, dinners and festivals. She also established and managed The Storm Cellar, a Christian coffee house where local bands would play, providing teens and young adults with “a place to be, to belong, and to be loved.” Since then, her life has lead down many roads, including obtaining a M.Ed. in School Counseling. In 2005, she co-created a theater company called Front and Center Stage and was the music director for several productions, including Godspell and a Christmas Cabaret. Heather has over twenty years of Regional and University theatre experience including roles as Roxy in “Chicago,” Sandy in “Grease,” Mark’s mom/chorus in “Rent,” Winnie in “No, No Nanette,” and Sister Sophia in “The Sound of Music. Recently, she found the joy of singing choral music again with the Mercersburg Community Chorus.
*Jeffrey Noll, piano instructor, Cumberbunds & Voice and Drama Camp director
Bachelor of Sacred Music, Baptist Bible College. Further study at Towson State, Md. Accompanist for many area instrumental and vocal soloists. Served as musical director for various children’s musical productions at CVSM and is the Minister of Music at Hagerstown Bible Church.
*Richard Shoap, Acting and Improvisational Theater Class instructor, Director of Fall Play and Spring Musical at St. Maria Goretti
Studied Theater and Drama at Bucknell University. He has taught acting and improvisational theater classes at CVSM for a number of years. Previously, was also an adjunct instructor in Acting at Wilson College. For CVSM he has taught Young Actor’s Workshop; Voice & Drama Camp; Showstoppers Musical Theater Camp, and Shakespeare Camp. Recent directing projects at St. Maria Goretti High School include The Hypochondriac (adapted from Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid), Annie, Harvey, and Man of La Mancha. He has been active for over 30 years as an actor and director with various area theater groups, most notably Chambersburg Community Theater, and The Conococheague Players.