Our mission is to empower, educate and enrich the lives of students through creative arts training and performance opportunities.
About DeArmon C.A.S.T.
DeArmon Creative Arts School and Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides excellent instruction in the arts to students of all ages, abilities and levels of interest. Each class is taught with loving encouragement and discipline. Each art form is pursued with a focus on service to the Creator, returning His gifts to Him with praise, and performing from a selfless, giving point of view rather than solely seeking approval for self.
Bringing experienced, degreed instructors together in one convenient location, C.A.S.T. offers courses in Stage Crafts, Musical Theatre, Dance, Music Theory and Appreciation, Art, Private Instrumental Instruction, and of course, the ever-popular Drama and Theatrical Production! These productions provide excellent performance opportunities for the students as well as affordable, wholesome entertainment for families and the community.
C.A.S.T. integrates art and faith by presenting theater that reflects the experiences and value important to members of the Christian faith. C.A.S.T. is committed to providing a safe, Christian environment for creative arts education for the home school community. Our mission is to empower, educate and enrich the lives of students through creative arts training and performance opportunities.
History of C.A.S.T.
Sharon DeArmon's service to Tampa children's drama began nearly 15 years ago at Temple Heights Christian, a private school in Temple Terrace, where she taught drama and hosted a summer acting camp for two years. In 1997 Mrs. DeArmon realized she was being called to serve the home school community.
For the next decade her popular drama program, Acting Up For Him, increased in size so rapidly that the productions annually outgrew venues. The Vineyard, Narrated Park District, Carrollwood Players Theatre, Northside Assembly of God, Grace Family Church, and Van Dyke United Methodist Church have all contributed to the development of C.A.S.T.
Mrs. DeArmon has built her program by challenging students, parents, and herself to reach a little higher each year. She has introduced new elements to her productions as she and her students were ready. Through C.A.S.T., Mrs. DeArmon continues to offer excellent creative arts instruction to students and alumni, as well as quality dramatic productions to the community.
Faculty & Staff
Sharon DeArmon holds a B.A. in Speech & Theater Arts with a minor in Religious Studies. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has become well known for presenting excellent musical and dramatic productions. She has taught speech, drama, high school English, Bible, music classes and various theater classes. For the past 12 years, Mrs. DeArmon has specialized in teaching and offering the theater experience to the Home School community in the Tampa Bay area. She has a passion for teaching students to discover their God-given talents and for encouraging them to use those talents for His glory. Many of her students claim Mrs. DeArmon’s classes and productions are the highlight of their school year. Mrs. DeArmon and her husband, Chip, have two children.
Pam Tyrrell has been involved in some aspect of the Arts since she was a child. She has experience in dance, theater, various aspects of musical performance, painting, sewing and more. Over the past 20 years, she has had a very eclectic career which has included Children’s Creative Arts Ministry, owning an Arts & Crafts company, Construction and Remodeling with her husband, not to mention motherhood, homeschooling… She is amazed at how God has used each of her unique experiences to come together, allowing her to be able to be a part of creating beautiful environments for our performances and to teach the students the art of Stagecraft. Pam her husband have three beautiful daughters.
Katrina Payne is a Tampa native with a love for theater and the arts. She recently graduated from the University of South Florida with her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. In 2001, she began taking classes with Sharon DeArmon as her theatre teacher, and has continued to be involved with CAST since then. Since graduating high school, she has directed multiple church plays, worked with community theatre and directing CAST alumni. She has been blessed with the opportunity to offer CAST alumni further opportunities to use their God-given talents to shine His light.
Kym Perrault earned a B.A. in Business Administration and is an experienced arts administrator and dancer. Kym Perrault coordinates the office and business management of C.A.S.T. She also assists with dance instruction and choreography. The Perrault's have two daughters.
Intermediate &HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Queens, NY, soprano Vanessa Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida in 2011 and holds a Florida Teaching License for grades K-12. She has been in the Tampa Bay area for the last seven years performing as an opera ambassador for Opera Tampa since 2012 and performing with local and out of state opera companies such as: St. Petersburg Opera, Florida Opera Theater, Spanish Lyric Theater, Hubbard Hall Opera and Winter Opera St. Louis coming up this fall! Ms. Rodriguez has been teaching voice lessons from her private voice studio for two years and is excited for the opportunity to be working at CAST with such a talented and wonderful group of students!
Jake Ford oversees our media, graphics and web content as well as photographs all of our shows. He earned a degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from Liberty University. Jake has a background in theater and was part of a traveling improv comedy team during his time at Liberty, where he met his wife Katie. Jake & Katie have their own photography business and enjoy traveling the country photographing weddings and events.
ELEMENTARY MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Katie Ford, daughter of Sharon DeArmon, earned a bachelor's degree in Religion at Liberty University. She has learned much from her mother and has acquired her niche for the arts. Katie has a background in theater and improv comedy. Her creativity and unique eye when it comes to art sets her apart as an important part of the C.A.S.T. faculty. She has a desire to help students develop their passions for the glory of God. Katie, and her husband Jake, have their own photography business and enjoy traveling the country photographing weddings and events.
TEIL REY GUILFORD
Teil , a native of Tampa, is the daughter of nationally renowned choreographers Frank and Betty Lee Rey. At age five she made her professional debut in the Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green’s Common Glory. Over the next several years she was lead dancer in Mr. Green’s outdoor dramas Cross and Sword, Lost Colony and Drumbeats in Georgia. As a member of the Florida Ballet Theatre she was a soloist in many ballets. In 1978 she was the youngest member to teach master classes in ballet and jazz at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Her published choreography for those classes received national recognition and were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Other noteworthy accomplishment include directing, acting and dancing in numerous commercials for Walt Disney, Holiday Inn, Frank Rey Dance Studio, Florida Ballet Theatre as well as a role in John D. MacDonald's movie “A Flash of Green” directed by Victor Nuenez.
Meghan Cuthbertson was homeschooled for 11 years before earning a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a minor in English Literature from Wheaton College (IL). Involved in DeArmon C.A.S.T throughout high school, she is grateful to have the opportunity to be back with the C.A.S.T family again. As an artist, she is interested in exploring a variety of mediums and encouraging others to enjoy the creative process. Above all, she sees the arts as a way God reveals His nature and a means to bring Him glory.
Paul Stoddart began playing guitar when he was 12 and began teaching at 14. He studied classical guitar, jazz, rock and songwriting and graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. For over a decade, Paul taught rock school at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Currently, he teaches intermediate and advanced guitar classes and private lessons. Paul has played guitar in several musical theater productions and is on staff as the lead guitarist at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. He has written over 500 songs and is now recording his eighth solo album in his home studio. His solo work has encompassed the styles of jazz, rock, classical, reggae, blues, pop, fusion, and folk, all with an inspirational foundation. He lives with his wife, Diane, her flute and their two dogs.
Located on Nebraska Ave in Lutz, C.A.S.T. is convenient to Rt. 41, Interstate 275, and Bearss Avenue.
Our building provides ample classroom & rehearsal space, study rooms and play areas for students and families. For your convenience, free wireless internet access will be available throughout.