Rise Musical Theatre

Rise Musical Theatre

Fall 2024 Offerings

Cabaret Musical Theatre Classes

RISE Cabaret was designed to take your artists’ gifts to the next level. In this 12 week workshop style course, students will develop their technical performance skills by studying musicals and musical songs selections from the contemporary cannon of musical theater.

Each class will feature training in acting, dance, and voice for musical theatre by RISE instructors who specialize in each of these disciplines.

We will conclude our class with a cabaret show featuring solos, duets, scenes, and dance numbers from some of our favorite Disney musicals like Lion King, Hercules, Moana, Beauty and The Beast, Frozen, High School Musical, Mulan and much more.

RISE Cabaret Group

Class Day & Time


Class Link

Foundation: Ages 7-9

Mondays @ 4pm-6:30pm

August 19 - November 16

Foundation: Ages 7-9

Saturdays @ 10am-12:30pm

August 24 - November 16

Emerging: Ages 10-14+

Tuesdays @ 5pm-7:30pm

August 27 - November 16

Christmas Play


RISE Youth Theatre

This Fall 2024 play features advanced onstage and backstage training in acting concluding with fully produced performances of the Christmas play Just in the Nick of Time!

In this Christmas whodunit, ace detective Red Mistletoe is retained by the citizens of the North Pole to find Santa Claus, who has disappeared at the height of the season. If losing Santa wasn’t enough, the heretofore colorful citizens are losing their Christmas spirit and their holiday hues. As Christmas draws near, the elves, rather than carefree in color, are glum in gray; Doctor Green, no longer sporting green, is bitten by a reindeer; and Purple Gumdrop’s not purple anymore! And the costumed children, rehearsing for Mrs. Claus’ annual “Santa Send-off Celebration,” begin to look like they’re in an old black and white movie. It’s up to Detective Red Mistletoe, now in shades of gray, to get some answers in black and white.

Could the three suspicious new arrivals, Bob Humbug, Fruitcake (Humbug’s sidekick) and Holly Wreath (Santa’s new red-headed secretary) know anything about Santa’s whereabouts? Do they really hail from the South Pole as they claim, or will their caper be uncovered by Red—helped by a now-repentant and soft-hearted Holly Wreath? Can Red save Santa in time to bring a colorful Christmas to the children of the world and even find a little romance along the way? Of course he can—Just in the Nick of Time! This show features comedy with witty dialogue and plenty of holiday warmth, making it perfect holiday fare for kids and families. Premiered at the Dallas Children’s Theater.

*Please Note*

This is an audition-based performance class. Auditions will be held on Saturday October 5th at 1pm.

Students must attend the audition to enroll; the audition is the designated time for the RISE Theatre team to meet the students and make casting decisions.

    Audition Date Details:

    • Date: Saturday October 5th @ 1pm-4pm
    • Location: RISE at the Warehouse
    • Ages: 8-14
    • An email with instructions on how to best prepare for the audition will be sent upon enrollment

    Class Details:

    • Ages
      • 8-14
    • Play
      • Just in the Nick of Time
    • Audition Date
      • Saturday October 5th @ 1pm-4pm*
        • Mandatory 30-minute parent & student meeting @ 3:30pm-4pm
    • Class Dates & Times
      • Thursday October 10th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Saturday October 12th @ 1pm-4pm
      • Thursday October 17th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday October 24th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday October 31st @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday November 7th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday November 14th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday November 21st @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday December 5th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Thursday December 12th @ 5pm-7:30pm
      • Saturday December 14th @ 1pm-4pm
      • Thursday December 19th @ 5pm-7:30pm
    • Dress + Tech Rehearsal Dates
      • Friday December 20th @ 5pm-8pm
        • Please pack a hearty snack!
      • Saturday December 21st @ 10am-1pm
        • Class lunch included!
    • Performance Dates & Times
      • Saturday December 21st @ 1:30pm-2:30pm
      • Saturday December 21st @ 6:30pm-7:30pm
      • Sunday December 22nd @ 3pm-4pm
    • Tuition
      • $450
    • Production Fee (costumes, props, scripts, scenic elements)
      • $200

    Group Acting Classes

    We are proud to offer acting classes to help students improve their acting skills and technique!

    Our Mini Play Acting Series for students ages 7-12 provides essential acting technique training with immediate application in a 10-minute mini play to conclude the 8-week class.

    Dun, Dun Dun! In our Fall 2024 Mini Play Acting Series we will explore stories of mystery, adventure, and a lot of mischievous fun! Together we will crack the mysterious Big Top circus conundrum and rage on against the perilous pirate sea in search of buried treasure!

    For students ages 10-14+ we have two 8-week acting classes:

    • Comedy, Improv & Pantomime (Quarter 1)
    • Acting for the Camera (Quarter 2)

    In Comedy, Improv & Pantomime class students will explore comedic timing and storytelling by creating improv scenes and pantomimed stories! This class will conclude with an informal showcase featuring original scenes.

    Lights, camera, action! But how? In Acting for the Camera students will learn basic on-camera acting technique and film terminology such as marker, cut, framing, storyboard and focus. This class will conclude with an informal “film festival!”

    Click the button below to learn more about each of our acting classes this semester.

    Imagine & Play Theatre Class

    Our Imagine & Play class focuses on developing your child’s receptive and expressive communication skills through dramatic play, crafts, song and dance! In this fun-high energy class, students will explore, create, imagine and of course play.

    The Fall 2024 semester Imagine & Play classes will feature classic Disney songs that your children know and love.

    Specific skills & techniques include:

    • Imagination exploration: Learn how to access your imagination through role playing and games.
    • Imitation and Recreation: Explore and recreate physical behavior, and movement
    • Sound imitation: Listen and reproduce sound to develop receptive communication skills.
    • Body awareness: Learn how to use the body in relation to other people in space.
    • Expressive Movement: Learn how to use your body to make shape, gestures, pictures and stories.
    • Dramatic Play: Learn how to use movement, physical gestures and facial expressions to create a story.

    Private Acting Lessons

    For students looking to truly hone their acting skills, we provide one-on-one acting lessons with our Theatre Program Director, Shenyse Harris.

    Shenyse is a Houston, New York-based actress, acting coach, and producer. She holds a master’s degree in Acting from Brown University and has been working professionally in New York and Atlanta since 2018.

    Some of her credits include CBS Blue Bloods, Verizon, Dallas Theatre Center, Trinity Repertory, Virginia Stage Company.

    Private acting lessons allow students to further develop their technique and see much quicker improvement, especially when focusing on specific areas of their craft. Lessons are offered on a semester-basis and meet weekly.

    Musical Theatre Dance Class

    Our Musical Theatre Dance class is for musical theatre students ages 8 and older who would like to develop their dance skills and abilities.

    This is a season-long dance class that performs in the Spring 2025 dance recital. The primary objective of the class is to improve the students’ Jazz technique with the ultimate goal of helping musical theatre students receive more well-rounded training.

    The class can accommodate students of all different skills and levels. Students from beginner to advanced are welcome!

    Our Instructors

    Shenyse LeAnna Harris

    Shenyse LeAnna Harris Director of Theatre at RISE. She is a Houston, New York-based actress, acting coach, and producer. She holds a master’s degree in Acting from Brown University and has been working professionally in New York, and Atlanta since 2018. Shenyse’s acting journey began in Alief ISD. There she learned how vital it is to have art education and equity in black and brown communities. This ignited her passion/mission for theatre education, talent cultivation, and the creation of SLProductions LLC; a multifaceted production company that serves its community through the ministry of theater, film/television, and arts education.

    Some of her credits include CBS Blue Bloods, Verizon, Dallas Theatre Center, Trinity Repertory, Virginia Stage Company. Shenyse is very excited to work with the RISE family and is excited to see what we can create together as a community.

    Emmy Carys Smith

    Emmy Carys Smith was born and raised in the Greater Houston area. She developed a passion for performance at the age of two, while dancing alongside the street performers in Belgium, Europe when her family lived there for about a year. She jokes that her pretending to be a mime with a bucket for coins sitting in front of her was what tipped her parents off that they would be enduring a life full of show-tunes.

    Emmy started doing fully produced musicals at various theaters all over Houston at 9 years old and started training collegiately in dance, acting, and voice at 15 years old. At 17, she pursued her BFA in Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University.

    In addition to being onstage, Emmy has developed a passion for directing, initially making her directing debut with Constellations by Nick Payne in April 2021. Emmy loves all opportunities to impart her training to the young students at RISE! Outside of theatre, Emmy also loves photography, baking, and being the best dog-mom to Pepper!

    Emily Buesing

    Since graduating in 2020 with a degree in Theatre and Dance from Lamar University, Emily Buesing has had the opportunity to work in theatre in multiple capacities. Primarily an actress, some of her favorite performance credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Judy), Luna Gale (Cindy), The Birds (Julia), and most recently, her role as Frau Hilda in The Garden Theatre’s workshop production of While Childhood Slept.

    Emily has also had the pleasure of working as choreographer, assistant director, and teaching artist with multiple children’s theatre companies including LiFT, Beaumont Community Players Kidmunity, and AD Players education department.  

    In the classroom Emily is a compassionate and dedicated teacher that aids in bringing the creative ideas of students to life!

    Lauren Orsak

    Lauren Orsak is twenty years into a deep love connection with story telling and the stage! Lauren started her work at the age of six, and continued to grow her craft through high school as a student performer with the A.D. Players Academy. Lauren attended and received her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis on Acting/Directing from Sam Houston State, and has had the privilege of working as an arts instructor and actor for the A.D. Players since graduating. A few of her most valued credits include Cinderella (R&H Cinderella), Alice Beineke (The Addams Family), and Judy Hanes (White Christmas).

    Lauren draws on her lifelong love of theatre and on-stage experience to teach the next generation of theatre students!

    Our Facilities

    We offer 3 spacious studios for our musical theatre students to learn and prepare for productions:

    • Studio A is 1,500 sq. ft.
    • Studio B is 1,200 sq. ft.
    • Studio C is 600 sq. ft.

    All of our studios feature high ceilings, mirrored walls, and in-wall speaker systems. Studios A & B are separated by a floor-to-ceiling acoustical floating partition that allows the studios to open up into one large performance space for in-house productions complete with theatre curtains and premier theatre lighting.

    Studio C is a smaller, fully-mirrored space ideal for our acting classes.

    Teaching Methodology

    RISE Musical Theatre follows age-appropriate curriculum for each class and only performs family-friendly productions.

    We offer introductory Musical Theatre classes for beginners that teach the foundations of Musical Theatre and beginner terminology. We also offer production classes that give students valuable experience performing on the stage.

    Additionally, RISE offers various levels of Acting classes from beginner-level to advanced for students looking to learn practical skills that can immediately improve their performance techniques.