formerly Steeple Players Theatre

Student Programs

The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company is pleased to announce our upcoming Audition Workshop for Adults (14 yrs. And Older). Classes will be held at HPAC, 260 West Main St. in Hendersonville and will be held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 on August 18th, August 25th and September 1st. The workshop will be led by Terry Farren (Bio Below). Tuition is $100 for the entire program. For more information on the program or to view Mr. Farren’s bio or to sign up, please visit our website at Below is a little more information about this program:

How to Audition Adult Class (14 yrs. And older)

This class will dive into and provide a technique into the art of auditioning. Overall, we will spend a fair amount of time discovering ‘what not to do’ in an audition environment. We will cover all different types of auditions so you are more prepared for the different formats that will come your way. Each week we will cover a different piece of the process, from selecting the right materials, how to find authentic if not unique choices in breathing life into a reading, as well as proper slating, cold reading, and perhaps develop a monologue for each student if the overall group agrees.

Success is most often had when preparation meets opportunity. Having your own monologue allows you to highlight your strengths as an actor. It’s your piece so best to select material that speaks to you personally. The overall goal is to help you walk in the room confidently and know how to successfully present yourself in the best light possible.  

Expectation from the Student;

Be on Time for the Class

A commitment to fully immerse yourself in the process and practice constructive criticism with your fellow students

Personal homework is required between each weekly class for you to reap the most benefit

All cell phones are to be in airplane mode if not turned off during class time

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Audition Workshop
Terry Farren Bio

Terry Farren


As a Director at South Bend Civic Theatre, credits include two of Mamet’s classics, American Buffalo and earlier Glengary Glen Ross.  His favorites over the twenty five years in South Bend venues include A Piece of My Heart, Of Mice & Men, The Elephant Man and more recently One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  While here, he has served as high school Drama Director at John Adams for several years as well as Director of the Adult Ministry Drama team for Clay United Methodist for almost ten years. In the Summer of 2017, he directed a highly regarded production of True West at the Acting Ensemble.      


He worked in Los Angeles for over ten years as a professional actor/director in film/TV and most notably theatre, and was soon selected as a member into the prestigious ensemble, The Company of Angels, the oldest Equity Waiver theatre in LA.  He is most fond of serving as their Casting Director for several seasons as well, shaping the dynamic ensemble and casting productions.  As an Ensemble Member he performed in a several award-winning productions, such as Waiting for Lefty, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, and Curse of the Starving Class.   He was also active as a free-lance Script Developer working hand in hand with several playwrights as a dialogue coach and developed their work to fruition as a full production.


Prior to that Terry worked and performed in summer stock from the Midwest to Cape Cod.  Terry received a BFA in Theatre Arts with an acting emphasis from Ohio University and studied for two years with the MFA Studio Acting program (a classic Method approach). 


Terry officially joined the educational staff of South Bend Civic Theatre in early 2018 as an Acting teacher and spearheaded the task of creating an Adult Curriculum.  The focus was to work with college bound and adult students to hone their skills and foster their individual growth. 


To kick off last year’s season at SBCT, he directed A Few Good Men.  A recent project of passion is the development of an original work involving residents from the Indiana Dept of Corrections Re-entry Center called Heartless. It’s a story of incarcerated men, their journey to redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.  This heartfelt piece recently earned national CBS coverage on several of their news broadcasts and is gaining attention from many not-for-profits whose mission is to combat mass incarceration if not target ‘at risk’ youth.  


He has always been more excited about theater with a powerful message, original if not cutting edge and the more socially significant the better!  His passion for teaching is a heart for sharing and caring, focused on a safe place to risk if not fail and is summed up in his overall approach with students…


‘Pursue your passion, please yourself and practice your craft’         


He is excited to be living in the Nashville area as of October 2019 and is honored to have the pleasure of teaching the adults of HPAC.     

 Vocal Lessons

The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company is excited to announce that Cherish Lee will be partnering with HPAC and will begin offering private Vocal Lessons beginning August 2, 2021. Ms. Lee brings a wealth of experience and talent to the table at HPAC and we are so excited to partner with her in this new project. To view Ms. Lee’s full “Bio” please visit our website at and please fill free to also click on the application for more information regarding costs, availability, etc.

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Cherish Lee Bio

Daughter of entertainment icons, Johnny Lee (Urban Cowboy's "Lookin' for Love") and Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing on hit TV show "DALLAS"), Cherish Lee has been around the lime light her entire life.

Cherish was born in Los Angeles, CA. Raised in the performing arts and musical theater scene, she studied voice and was under the tutelage of Seth Riggs, Eddie Sayegh and Suzanne Kiechle expanding her vocal range from opera to rock/blues. Cherish has stared in several musical theater productions such as Into the Woods, Singing in the Rain, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, Mame, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and many more. As she began writing and recording her own music, she ventured out on the road performing her original songs in prestigious venues and festivals all over: Stagecoach, CMA Festival and Tin Pan South Songwriter's Festival as well as legendary songwriter spots like Bluebird Café, The Listening Room, Third & Lindsley and performing with her father at the infamous Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. Some of her original music has landed featured spots on Blake Shelton’s “Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas”, Young and the Restless, and more. Cherish is one of Billboard’s Top Country Artist to Watch, Buzz Feeds Top Artist to Watch, Independent Female Country Artist Entertainer of the Year and has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Boot, NashFM's The Ty Bentli Show, Seacrest Studios, WSM and several magazines. She was also inducted into Country's Unbroken Circle on RFD-TV.

While not on the road singing her music, this mother of two took everything she has learned from her coaches and her personal experience singing with live orchestras and bands, she began vocal coaching students from ages 7-60’s. Lee says “Each student is different and completely unique. It is invigorating to teach! The student and I witness immediate growth within every lesson. Even the very first one. I’ve come up with my own methods that have helped me not damage my voice while performing 8 musical theater performances a week OR on a 14-day tour, in loud venues singing with a 7 piece band being exhausted.” Cherish has even gone on writing music for some of her students, producing their music and music videos helping bring to life their creative dreams.

Cherish says “It is an honor to be a part of watching people flourish”.


These Classes are now Full