Rise Musical Theatre

Rise Musical Theatre

Spring 2024 Offerings


Willy Wonka Kids

Ages 6-10

Mondays 4pm-6:30pm

January 8 – March 24

Concludes with a 30-minute performance

Get to know the show by listening to its songs and reading the summary below

Follow enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.


Once Upon A Mattress Youth Edition

Ages 6-10

Tuesdays 5pm-7:30pm

January 21 – April 7

Concludes with a 45-minute performance

Get to know the show by listening to its songs and reading the summary below

Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? This spin on The Princess and the Pea provides plenty of laughter and fun.


Mary Poppins JR

Ages 10+

Tue 7pm-8:30pm & Thu 5pm-7:30pm

March 19 – May 26

Concludes with a 60-minute performance

Get to know the show by listening to its songs and reading the summary below

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two.


Musical Theatre Classes

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.