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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 Workshops

We are SO EXCITED to offer Spring Workshops with our new instructors, Grant and Chase Andreae! They are professionals in their fields and are excited to pass along their knowledge to our Impact students! This is a GREAT opportunity for kids to focus on their individual skills outside of the rehearsal process of our productions! They will also be directing "High School Musical Jr." this summer!!!
SPRING WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: See the link below for our spring offerings, how to pay, and to read more about Mr. Grant and Mr. Chase.
You can choose one or several workshops....whatever fits your schedule. There is no prerequisite to take any workshop (for example, you don't have to have taken the Acting 1 workshop in order to take Acting 2....sign up for what works for you!)
Spring Workshops

Summer Camp Shows! 

High School Musical announcement
AAladdin announcement
Drowsy Chaperone announcement


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.

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Erika Cuevas


Erika Cuevas is a native of Longwood, Florida, and a graduate of Lake Brantley High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in Theatre from Franklin and Marshall College. Erika spent 15 years living all over the country while her husband served as a Marine Corps Officer. She works as a Student Support Specialist at The Christ School where she enjoys helping students reach their full potential in and out of the classroom. Additionally, she has spent the last decade as an alto singer with the  American Military Spouses Choir. Erika’s professional credits include performances on America’s Got Talent, at The Kennedy Center, the residence of then Vice President Joe Biden, and most recently the halftime show at a San Francisco 49ers game.  Erika loves producing youth theater;  she has assistant directed The Lion King Jr. and High School Musical Jr. and co-directed Willy Wonka Kids, Jungle Book KidsAnnie Kids, and Moana Jr. Additionally, she has music directed 101 Dalmatians Kids and Finding Nemo Jr. Her greatest joy is seeing kids' confidence grow on and off stage through their experiences in theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time at the beach with her husband and four children.


Amy Sink

Music Director



Grant Andreae


Grant Andreae is a singer, dancer, actor and balloon artist living and working in Orlando, Florida. Grant received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Missouri in 2019. After meeting his now husband in Australia, Grant has most recently worked 2 cruise ship contracts with Celebrity Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. 

Grant began his theatre, choir, and band work in elementary school and continued faithfully until graduation. He also participated in multiple community theatre programs in his hometown, Kansas City. After fostering his love for theatre throughout his entire education as a child, he knew a life of theatre and performance was the path for him. 

Grant is also an entrepreneur. He began a balloon decoration and event entertainment company, Andreae Balloon Studio, in 2023. He enjoys bringing color and joy to spaces that need it. You can check out all the fun at or @andreaeballoonstudio on Instagram and TikTok.

In his free time, Grant loves to take walks, spend time with family and friends, and hangout with Mickey Mouse. He is thrilled to join the Impact Theatre team and begin bringing stories to life with students just like you.

Chase Andreae


Chase Andreae is an experienced performer who recently relocated to Florida with his husband, Grant, in 2023 after working for 2 years performing on cruise ships. Chase has cultivated his passion for the arts in his home state, Indiana, obtaining a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University. There he had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed talents and directors including Broadway star, Sutton Foster.

His career has taken him to various stages, including performing at 5 theme parks and various professional theatres. Growing up, he has been a part of a children’s touring theatre for seven summers. In 2018 and 2019, he was a counselor for theatre workshops with Pickleville Playhouse in Utah. 

When he’s not immersed in the world of theatre, he enjoys indulging in reality TV, exploring the enchantment of Disney, and cherishing quality time with his nephews. 

Finding Nemo Jr.

Kids Grade K-6  March 2024

Little Mermaid Jr.

Kids grade 6 - 12 March 2024

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."
"High School Musical Jr."
"Aladdin Jr."
"The Drowsy Chaperone 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.