About Homeschool Performing Arts
Homeschool Performing Arts (HPA) brings together a community of homeschool families in which students and parents work together using the talents that God has given us, to produce music, drama, and musical theatre productions that glorify and honor the Lord. Parents and students working side by side toward a common goal; this is the very nature of homeschooling and the strength of HPA.
Homeschool Performing Arts began in Grand Rapids in 1997, grew to include Kalamazoo in 2004, and Lansing in 2008. God has certainly blessed us! We began with a few students in drama classes and HPA has now grown to include:
- Multiple Drama and Musical Productions in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing
- Drama Classes in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
- Summer Performing Arts Camps in all three cities
The focus of HPA classes and shows is on developing quality performances, glorifying to God and with aesthetic value. The goal is to help individuals develop as actors and people, through instruction and personal experience.
HPA Executive Director
Brad Garnaat is a former homeschooler and a graduate of the teacher education program at Cornerstone University.
Brad has been very involved in music and drama for most of his life, performing in many shows and choirs in high school and college. He directed the Caledonia Community Players production of Jack and the Beanstalk, played the role of Perchik in The Fiddler on the Roof, and appeared as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Master Arts Theatre. In 2007, he performed the role of Gaston in Caledonia Community Players production of Beauty and the Beast.
Brad and his wife Tanya homeschool their four children.