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Impact Theater

of Longwood Hills Congregational Church

Impact Theater is an outreach program of Longwood Hills Congregational Church.

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Impact Theater of Longwood Hills Congregational Church

Impact Theater is a community theater for youth grades k-12 located in Longwood, FL and is sponsored by Longwood Hills Congregational Church. We produce three seasons of drama productions each year for varying age groups.

Impact Theater provides instruction in theater, music, and dance and gives youth the opportunity to perform. Values taught include: teamwork, time management, mutual respect, self-confidence, inclusion, and healthy body awareness. We strive to have a cast and crew that mirror the community from which we draw. Our goal is for any child who desires to participate to have a place on our stage no matter their previous experience or financial status.

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Spring shows 2024


For more information on the shows or to register your student please contact Impact Theater.

All who audition are able to participate in the shows.  Auditions are to assign roles only. 

Payments can be made by cash, check made out to LHCC or credit card. 


Our Directors

Gail Bartell

Director of Impact Theater

Gail Bartell has been singing, acting, coaching, teaching & directing in Central Florida for over 30 years. Prior to creating Impact Theater, she taught drama for 8 years at Orangewood Christian School for grades 5-12. She served as the Education Director at the IceHouse Theatre in Mt. Dora and the Civic Theatres (currently the Orlando Family Stage). Gail has directed children's productions at OCS, The IceHouse Theatre, The Jewish Community Center and several churches in Florida and Wisconsin. She has played lead roles with many Central Florida theatres and has served as a Florida State Thespian adjudicator for 20 years. Gail received her BFA in Voice Performance from SUNY at Buffalo and is a lead vocalist on the Orlando Philharmonic Pop Orchestra’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Collections CDs. She currently sings with the Praise Team at Longwood Hills Congregational Church and enjoys attending and supporting local theatre productions.

Erika Cuevas



Amy Sink

Music Director


Moana Jr.

Kids Grade K-6 June 2023

Frozen Kids

Kids Grade K-6 June 2023


Kids grade 6 - 12 July 2023

History of Impact Theater

Impact Theater began in 2017 under the leadership of Gail Bartell, a member of Longwood Hills Congregational Church. Mrs. Bartell had recently 'retired' from teaching and saw a desire among some members as well as former students to 'put on a show' utilizing LHCC's spacious stage in the Sanctuary. Our first production, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" had a cast of 31 adults and children from our congregation and the community. From there, we offered summer camps without full productions and fall and spring full productions. Our numbers grew and after our production of "The Lion King Jr." with 46 children in the cast, we started offering productions for two age groups each season. Erika Cuevas and Amy Sink joined our team to direct and choreograph the younger age group. Impact has been privileged to have several wonderful music directors such as Linda Wagoner, Elaine Ashley, Scott Kinkead and Craig Willson. We have always been open and inclusive to the community, providing any child who wants to participate, the opportunity to do so. Our auditions are informal and are specifically to assign roles. We also have produced several adult productions and musical reviews.
Year Show 
2017 "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

"Seussical Jr."

"Moana & Maui High Seas Adventure" Summer Camp

"Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Castle" Summer Camp

"Descendants Disney Villain Drama" Summer Camp

"Shrek Jr.,"
"Frozen Jr.,"
"Lion King Jr."
"Almost, Maine" (Adult)
"Lead With Love" (Adult)
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Adult)
*Covid 19
"Willy Wonka Kids"
"Hairspray Jr."
"Jungle Book KIDS"
"Into the Woods Jr."
"Dr. Newheart's Neck-Up Check-Up"
"Annie KIDS"
"Newsies Jr."
First Annual Broadway Night Scholarship Fundraiser
"101 Dalmatians KIDS"
"Matilda Jr.," "Moana Jr."
"Frozen KIDS"
"Anastasia: Youth Edition"
Second Annual Broadway Night Scholarship Fundraiser
"Finding Nemo Jr."
"The Little Mermaid Jr."


Contact Us

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For more information about Impact Theater or to learn how to donate to Impact Theater's Scholarship fund, please use the link below to contact Gail Bartel.