Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department unifies the theatre and music credit programs with the performing arts opportunities for youth and community members. The department attracts and serves students with various levels of interest, experience, and talent in the performing arts.

With the 400-seat theatre, multiple studios, two scene shops, and private lesson rooms, the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building is home to our theatre and music classes, as well as numerous performances and concerts throughout the year.

Whether you are a young artist at the beginning of your artistic journey, a college student looking to pursue a degree or advanced training in the performing arts, or a community member who has found the arts as a fulfilling part of your life, the Performing Arts Department has a way for you to be involved!

For additional information on any of our programs, please contact Amy Scheers, Director of Performing Arts, at ascheers@stchas.edu

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Theatre Credit Programs

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Music Credit Programs

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Center Stage Theatre

Center Stage Theatre

Center Stage Theatre presents dramas and musicals with student and community member performers. Enjoy some of the most welcoming theatrical experiences in our region!

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Musical Ensembles and Concerts

Musical Ensembles and Concerts

Music performances entertain all audiences in a variety of genres, from the choirs, bands, opera, and orchestra, highlighting the talents of the music students and community members.

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Young People’s Theatre

Young People’s Theatre

Young People's Theatre continues their 30-year tradition of quality musical theatre productions with extremely talented 8 to 18-year olds!

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Young Artist Training Program

Young Artist Training Program

Young Artist Training Program develops the skills needed to become a well-rounded musical theatre performer while encouraging creativity, self-expression, and exploration of all the performing arts.

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Meet the Performing Arts faculty and staff

Amy Scheers, Director of Performing Arts

Amy Scheers is currently the Director of Performing Arts for SCC. Amy served as the Executive Director of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. During her time with the Foundation, Amy produced many performances at the Fabulous Fox, including the inaugural productions of the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards, directed and expanded the portfolio of programs, and oversaw the re-branding for the organization. Prior to this position, Amy was the Director of Program Design and Production at COCA – Center of Creative Arts, where she led the organization’s efforts in successfully achieving two national arts accreditations. For the 10 years prior, she was COCA’s Director of Dance and the founding Artistic Director of COCA’s Ballet Eclectica. Preceding her tenure at COCA, Amy taught at Alexandra School of Ballet and was their company manager and ballet mistress. She began teaching in New Jersey in 1995, at Montgomery Dance Arts and assisted in the founding of the Belle Meade Ballet. Amy earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University, and went on to perform with Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania under Artistic Directors Trinette Singleton and Nana Badrena. Amy has also worked in development and special events for many nonprofits, including Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, where she successfully assisted in redesigning their fundraising strategies and internal processes.

Becky Thorn, Assistant Professor of Music, Department Chair Director, Chamber Choir

Becky Thorn serves as Music Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Music at SCC. In addition to directing choir, she has taught a variety of classes, including opera theatre, music history, appreciation, theory, and ear-training. Mrs. Thorn has taught for Webster University, performed and directed both church and community theatre, developed a private voice studio, and maintained her professional profile as a vocal adjudicator/clinician in the state of Missouri. She is a member of the National and MO Associations of Music Education and of Choral Directors. Mrs. Thorn earned an MA in Vocal Pedagogy from Webster and graduated from MBU with a double-major BA in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Invited back to sing on her alma mater stage several times, her favourites include performing as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and the North American Premiere soloist for Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs. Most recently, Mrs. Thorn was selected as MBU’s Distinguished Alumna 2017 and SCC President’s Council Faculty Award Oct. 2018. She has directed and performed in travelling music ensembles throughout the Mid-West, assistant produced and recorded original songs and arrangements, and participates in local music ministry. Mrs. Thorn is married and has three children.

James A. Martin, Associate Professor of Instrumental Studies Director, Concert Band and Jazz Band

James A. Martin is Associate Professor of Instrumental Studies at SCC, where he directs the Concert Band and Jazz Band. He also teaches Low Brass and courses in Brass Methods, Conducting, and Music Literature. He was the Bass Trombonist with the Buddy Rich Big Band (1985-1987) and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musical of Florence, Italy under Zubin Mehta (1989-1990). Martin has played Bass and Contrabass Trombone as an extra performer with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, including several performances at Carnegie Hall, the 1995 tour of Japan, and on several recordings. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. An active freelancer, he performs regularly at the Fox Theater and the Muny, and is a member of the St. Louis Brass Ensemble. Martin received a BA in Mathematics and BA in Music Education from St. Louis University and the MM in Trombone Performance with additional DMA studies from the Eastman School of Music. His major professors include John Marcellus, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, and Jeffrey Reynolds. An in-demand clinician with area schools and universities, he also co-teaches at the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute.

Lynne Snyder, Professor of Theatre, Department Chair

Lynne Snyder is a professor of theatre at SCC. She has also taught at Hiram College and was head of the dance program at Millikin University. In St. Louis she has choreographed several productions for Webster University, as well as for the Mid-American Theater Company. Notable SCC Center Stage directing credits include Catch Me if You Can, Proof, It Shoulda Been You, You Can’t Take it With You, The Penelopiad, Lend Me a Tenor, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Addams Family, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, On Golden Pond, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The 39 Steps, among many others. Lynne also directed and choreographed summer stock productions at Huron Playhouse in Ohio and the Sullivan Little Theatre in Illinois. Lynne received her MFA in dance from Case Western Reserve University, her MA in theatre from Bowling Green State University, and her BFA in theatre from Texas Christian University. She is currently serving as Chairman of the SCC Theatre Department.

Samantha Stavely, Director of Young People’s Theatre & Young Artist Training Program

Samantha Stavely is the Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre at SCC, where she has been a staff member since 2017. She received her BA in Arts Management with an emphasis in Theatre and her MAT in Speech and Theatre Education from Lindenwood University. As Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre, Samantha works with youth ages 8-19 to learn all aspects of theatre and perform high quality productions. Young People’s Theatre has been nominated for over twenty awards from Arts for Life and continues to be to be one of the leading performance groups for youth in the area. In addition to working as Artistic Director, Samantha is in charge of the Young Artist Training Program at SCC, where she programs classes and workshops to educate students on acting, singing, and dancing. Samantha resides in Chesterfield and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their goldendoodle.

Contact Information

Amy Scheers,
Director of Performing Arts
636-922-8721
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Jean Deimund,
Box Office Specialist
636-922-8050
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