In the programs at Drama Kids International, youngsters learn more than how to fake-cry. Since 1999, the drama company has defined "drama" loosely, focusing more on the general goal of helping kids tap into their imaginations. The team does just that with their after-school programs and summer camps, which teach kids ages 3-18 to feel at ease on stage, whether they're starring in a comedy or making a speech. Some programs touch on behind-the-scenes skills, too, from stage managing to writing plays better than Hamlet 2: Shark Hamlet.
Though their photography and videography has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, husband-and-wife duo Preston and Holly didn’t develop their skills overnight. Before the advent of digital photography, Preston labored in an old-fashioned darkroom, mastering the ins and outs of his craft, while Holly filmed sporting events at Cypress Ridge High School. As time clicked by one frame at a time, the duo built their skills and their vision, eventually laying the foundation of Injoy Media Productions.
Today, Preston and Holly lead four trained shutterbugs who capture the personalities of families, children, and seniors in their natural habitats—whether that be in a backyard or an aluminum-foil castle. The photographers' specialty, however, remains weddings, and to capture couples' vows and ceremonies they travel across the state and oceans. Snapping their shutters for upward of four hours, camera-wielders preserve memories with prints as large as 16”x20” and commemorative items such as press-printed albums. Meanwhile, two videographers film the proceedings for up to 10 hours before splicing footage into a highlight reel and an edited movie set to music or a choir of sobbing in-laws. To further enliven receptions or other events, Injoy Media Productions rents out photo booths accompanied by trunks of props, unlimited 4”x6” prints, and scrapbooks made onsite.
While most kids her age lost themselves in the digital mazes of video games, Deloris Madison wrote plays. Years later, in search of a new career, Madison remembered her theatrical roots and joined the cast of a local theater production. The call of the stage remained strong, and Madison answered. She dedicated herself to helping young people benefit from the values of the theater, such as teamwork, self-confidence, and jazz hands. Now the proud owner of Deloris Madison Productions, she and her team of professional acting instructors guide fledgling thespians toward their goals while simultaneously helping them grow spiritually and emotionally.
One A'Chord creates sweet sounds through instrument and voice lessons. Its instructors help students achieve their highest potential with a focus on technique and devotion to the craft. In addition to offering regular lessons, One A'Chord performs in local venues and hosts Summer Quake, a six-week summer arts extravaganza designed to help young artists pursue writing, music, dance, and other creative interests.