About LifeLight Youth Theatre
"Building Character on Stage"
LifeLight Youth Theatre is a not for profit organization and a dynamic group where children and youth will find training and experiences in the performing arts, a sense of what excellence requires, valuable friendships, connection to community, and honor for God, the family, and the individual. We strive to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and the community through experiences in the performing arts within the atmosphere of positive Biblical values.
Why LifeLight .... LifeLight is passionate about building character in children and young adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Biblical values.
• Placing the maximum worth on people and treating each individual with respect and significance.
• Developing character values in individuals including commitment, discipline, self-esteem, confidence and integrity.
• Supporting the family unit through the direct involvement of each family member's talents, interests and abilities.
• Providing a quality product without compromising a wholesome environment.
• Being a godly role model promoting the awareness of a higher accountability.
• Offering the best in quality instructors, most are highly accomplished professionals in their field and who are committed to excellence and to the families we serve. Our instructors all understand our mission statement, values, objectives and goals and are humbled by the support of each and every family who has let us share in the education of their child.
• LYT is a not for profit organization and we know the cost of providing a well -rounded education, and we strive to offer the best instruction and keep tuition reasonable. We offer family discounts and even greater discounts for our homeschool families.
•Public performance opportunities for students, so they can bring joy by sharing the gifts they have been blessed with.
•Course syllabus for theatre classes- we have developed a high quality drama curriculum; we do not just play theatre games!
•Parent observation days for our Creative Drama and Creative Movement classes.
•**BRAND NEW HARLEQUIN DANCE FLOORS- Semi- sprung floor reduces fatigue and protects from injury.
Our Talented Instructors
Performing Arts Instructor Bios-
Michelle Beasley (LYT Artistic Director, Drama, Musical Theatre)- veteran homeschool mom of 2 who founded LifeLight Youth Theatre in 1999 and has had the joy of educating over 1000 students in theatre arts and has over 25 years theatrical experience (performing, stage managing, teaching and directing) in the secular and sacred arenas. Her students are continually awarded scholarships and accepted to renowned university theatre programs and many students have gone onto theatre careers. LYT alumni are professional actors with local companies such as The Muny, Opera Theatre of St Louis, New Line Theatre, Missouri Ballet Theatre and St Louis Ballet and with well- known regional and national theatre companies such as Boothbay Playhouse and Musical Theatre of Wichita and many are sharing with the next generation by being theatre educators. Her directing and choreography credits include but are not limited to, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and The King & I, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Godspell, Annie, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Seussical and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Michelle is so grateful for the opportunity to mentor young people by guiding them to find God's purpose for them through their gifts and doing it for the glory of God.
Sheri Sabbert (LYT Music Director, Group Voice & Intermediate & Advanced Private Voice) - has a lifelong background in instrumental and vocal music. She has studied and performed various instruments, has directed several choirs, and was the founder and director of a large church drama ministry. She has worked in musical theatre for over 20 years and has trained hundreds of students in good vocal technique. Sheri’s passion for music centers around a love for communicating messages in song and she is excited to work with LYT students on the vocal techniques and skills that will equip them to think beyond the notes and words to make each song something the audience doesn’t just hear, but something they experience!
Lauren McCart (LYT Choreographer, Ballet/Jazz)- received her training at St Louis Ballet with Gen Horiuchi and Ellen Costanza, She continued her training at North Carolina Dance Theatre as a merit scholarship student and attended Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive with a merit scholarship from the Dance Council. Lauren was also accepted into the prestigious School of American Ballet summer training program. After graduation Lauren was asked to join the Saint Louis Ballet company as a professional ballerina and also danced 3 seasons with Missouri Ballet Theatre. She has performed professionally the lead in George Balanchine's "Valse Fantasies", Pas de Trois in "Swan Lake", The Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", as well as in various roles in "Giselle", "Cinderella" and "The Sleeping Beauty". Along with her passion for ballet, she loves musical theatre and trained with LYT and has been seen on stages around St. Louis including The Muny.
Alyssa Arnold (Beginner Private Voice) – received her voice training at LifeLight Youth Theatre under Sheri Sabbert and Jenifer Jenkins.
Tabitha Coffman (Tap dance)- is beginning her 2nd year teaching with LYT.
Tell me more about LifeLight Youth Theatre….
Director with over 20 years experienceThere are many groups out there claiming to teach drama, but with LifeLight you are getting an experienced instructor with a commitment to excellence. We do not just play theatre games or rehearse for plays. With the curriculum and scope & sequence developed by LifeLight, students are learning a craft while still having FUN!
Siblings receive discounts of 15% off monthly drama tuition fees.
SCCHE support group- Mondays at Grace class
LYT is a not for profit organization and we know the cost of providing a well -rounded education, and we strive to offer the best instruction and keep tuition reasonable. We offer family discounts and even greater discounts for our homeschool families.
Public performance opportunities for students, so they can bring joy by sharing the gifts they have been blessed with.
Course syllabus for theatre classes- we have developed a high quality drama curriculum; we do not just play theatre games!
A public speaking unit is included in Beginning Drama class.