HeARTbeat Theatre


Meet HeARTbeat Theatre

Founded by three veteran Calgary actors and drama instructors (60 years of combined professional experience), this brand new children’s theatre company inspires kids to explore, uncover and foster the unique talent within each one of them.

Mark Holmes’ 30 year career highlights include a tv role in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and working with children’s theatre groups Quest Theatre and Evergreen Theatre.

Rebecca Schnell worked as a children’s pastor in the Midwest USA for 10 years and has taught drama to children for 20 years, including Quest Theatre in Calgary.

Melissa Dorsey’s list of notable projects includes launching three new theatre companies, performing six shows with Jubilations Dinner Theatre, touring with professional acappella group HOJA, and writing/directing over 20 productions around Calgary.

Please contact us if you wish to see an extensive resume of the performers’ experience as actors and children’s drama instructors.

HeARTbeat Theatre Quick Facts

  • A combined 60 years of professional experience as actors and kids’ drama instructors
  • Storytelling, comedy, music, and puppetry, all encouraging fun audience participation
  • Students are encouraged to see others in a positive way and make a difference for others
  • Faith-Based presentation for Christian schools
  • Themes: Identity, Acceptance, Co-operation, Creativity


Download a PDF summary to take to your committee or admin


• The Secret of Castle Othrenee

When Mea happens upon a mysterious old castle, she unearths the age-old legend that one day, a true heir of the lost kingdom will return. A personal sense of responsibility leads Mea to follow the instructions of the friendly caretaker, while she waits for a ride home. When another castle occupant throws down the gauntlet, Mea’s sense of self- awareness, ability to show respect, and patience are all put to the test in an ultimate face off. This fantastical, imaginative, and interactive story will challenge students to believe that each of them has the ability to change someone’s world, by just being the best version of themselves.

Grade Suitability: K–8
Duration: 55 mins.

• Backwards Kingdom  (Faith-Based)

Follow Mea on an unexpected journey in the Othrenee Castle, where her undiscovered, but true identity as redeemed royalty is put to the test in a series of challenges only the castle’s janitor seems to understand. Can Mea win the final gauntlet while demonstrating the virtuous character of royalty? Based on Matthew 5:14-16 and Colossians 3:12- 14, this imaginative, fun, and interactive story will challenge students to embrace who God has made them to be, to shine brightly, and to inspire change for all the world to see.

Grade Suitability: K–8
Duration: 55 mins.

• Drama Workshops

In addition to your presentation, HeARTbeat Theatre can also provide drama workshops for small groups of students. All three performers have extensive experience instructing students of all ages through a variety of organizations including Quest Theatre and Evergreen Theatre. Please call to discuss options (including number/length of sessions, age/size of groups, etc) and a workshop package can be tailored for you.

Grade Suitability: K–8


These fee ranges include a $100 discount for casting your vote in our short artist survey. If you have not already done so, click below to rank the top three artists you’d like to see tour to your area. There‘s no obligation to book, doing so will simply register your school for the discount and help us co-ordinate artists’ tours where there is the most interest for them.

Fees are listed as a range because the exact fee is determined by your area and number of shows in a tour. Once you’ve cast your vote, we can let you know the exact fee and possible dates for your preferred artists.

If your school is facing severe budget challenges please inquire about qualifying for our assistance program.

Register your school to receive the discount.

The Secret of Castle Othrenee

$650–$900 + GST

Backwards Kingdom (Faith-Based)

$650–$900 + GST

Drama Workshops

Please contact us to discuss the number and length of workshops to tailor a workshop package for you.


How interactive the performers were with the students! The story plot was easy to understand for younger students, which allowed them to stay engaged. Very enthusiastic crew with a great message to share with the students, parents and staff. We really enjoyed the performance. Thank you for coming to our school to share your message and talents.

Cynthia Grykin, St. Dominic Catholic School, Cold Lake

Everyone at the school had favorable comments about your show. The students especially loved the costumes and masks.

Dave Murphy, Our Lady of Fatima, Calgary

HeARTbeat Theatre was really good, and the show went over very well. The teachers could see how the story lines in the play were headed towards being based in the bible, and your explanation at the end helped our students understand this revelation as well. We were completely pleased and have no suggestions for improvement.

Will Baker, Holy Cross Elementary, Cold Lake