Who We Are
Glorifying God through Performing Arts
Homeschool Performing Arts (HPA) is a program of Vessel for Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization. HPA's purpose is establishing a community of homeschool families in which students and parents work together to produce music, drama, and musical theatre productions that glorify and honor the Lord. Our mission is for students to experience spiritual growth, personal growth including the areas of commitment, responsibility, self-confidence, composure, interpersonal communication, social understanding, conflict resolution and work ethic, as well as artistic growth in their performing abilities, including public speaking, singing, dancing, and acting.
HPA Executive Staff
Brad Garnaat founded HPA in 1997 and serves as the Executive Director. Brad 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. Aside from directing most of the HPA productions, he directed the Caledonia Community Players production of Jack and the Beanstalk as well as played the role of Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof and 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. He has most recently been seen in the feature film Beyond Acceptance.
Tanya Garnaat, Brad's wife, is an executive officer for HPA who has been faithfully serving behind the scenes since it's inception. Brad and Tanya have homeschooled their four children, two of whom are now graduated.
Beverly Bishop, HPA's Business Manager, has been involved with HPA since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from St. Cloud State University and has taught adult, college, high school, and middle school computer classes. She also has a published book named My Friend with Autism. Beverly grew up performing in community theater with her family and toured with EPIC Ministries International presenting the Gospel in mime during her college years. Beverly and her husband, Thad, homeschooled their two children. Beverly also loves being executive director of Unmuted Arts and producer of the evangelistic musical production produced by Vessel for Arts.
CJ Pletcher serves as an advisor to the HPA board. CJ grew up in the theatre with her family in Pennsylvania, acting in church musicals and community theatre where she performed in The Sound of Music (Louisa), The King and I (Tuptim), and Carousel (Julie Jordan). At Calvin College, CJ studied voice and theatre while getting her BA in Special Education. Since college, CJ has been busy fulfilling her calling as a wife and homeschooling mother of three children. Continuing to be drawn to the theatre, God provided opportunities to play the roles of Meg in Brigadoon, Maria in The Sound of Music and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Of all the theatre experiences she views assistant directing as her most treasured role.