Mrs. Brenda Opie
Brenda Opie has been inspiring students for over 30 years in bringing their dreams of
performing to a “live stage.” She has directed or co-directed over 75 musical productions ranging from Tom Sawyer, Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Cinders and the King, Jungle Book, Oliver, Peter Pan, and Grease, A Kid’s Version. Her goal is to share her passion for performance with every child who wants the opportunity to participate in the magic of lighting up the stage with their unique talents. Many of her actors and
actresses have continued their love of acting by being a part of their middle, high school, and
community drama programs. Some have chosen to study acting/theater in college. She believes once that love of performing has found its place in the hearts and minds of those students with whom she has worked, this love of the theater will stay with them always, even if it is just to enjoy live productions.
For 25+ years she taught 4th and 5th grades in Tennessee, Oklahoma, California, and Georgia. For all of those 25+ years, the children in her classrooms were given many opportunities to learn the joy of performance. In 1996, she began a new phase of her educational career as the Instructional Lead Teacher for Shallowford Falls Elementary School in Cobb County, GA. That same year she was instrumental in organizing the first drama club for this wonderful school. For 16 years, the drama club was called the Shallowford Falls Drama Club; but, in 2012, the name was changed to Drama Kids Unlimited. This club’s most recent production, The Sound of Music , earned rave reviews from the near sold-out audiences who came to see one or more of the productions. She is thrilled to be working with the multi-talented Diane Marco as a
Co-director and Jennie Opie as the Director of Choreography.
Besides her passion for working with youngsters creating fabulous productions for others to enjoy, she has earned several honors for her classroom teaching of 4th and 5th graders. In 1986, she was named the Georgia State Teacher of the Year while teaching 5th grade at Tritt Elementary in Cobb County, GA. She also received the Honor Teacher Award from The Atlanta Journal and Constitution the same year. In 1990, she was named Georgia State Elementary
English Teacher (GCTE), and in 1995 was the recipient of the State of Georgia Hall of Fame Award (GAE and Turner Broadcasting). Other honors or awards include: Who’s Who Among America Teachers: 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. She is also an author for Incentive Publications, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, where her middle grades series, Masterminds Riddle Math, has been on the best seller list.
She is married to her childhood sweetheart, Earl, and has 3 wonderful children: Tish, Jennie, and Nathan, and 4 fabulous grandchildren: Tyler, Maddie, Jazzy, and Cooper J. Full-time
retirement is out of the question- there’s simply too much left she wants to do that she hopes will create a better world for all the youngsters she enjoys now and in the many years to come.
involved in her high school’s drama club and performed in musicals and dramatic plays. Her love of theatre followed her to college. When Ms.Marco began her teaching
career in the San Francisco Bay Area (some 20+ years ago), she loved to have her classes use the dramatic arts to bring her lessons to life. Ms. Marco moved to Georgia in 1991 and began her teaching career at Shallowford Falls Elementary School in 2001. There she met the incomparable Mrs. Brenda Opie, and a fabulous partnership was formed. Ms. Marco has directed many musicals with the Shallowford Falls Drama Club — including Oliver, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Ms. Marco and Mrs. Opie started Drama Kids Unlimited two years ago. Drama Kids Unlimited still directs and produces musicals with the 4th and 5th grade students of Shallowford Falls, as well as carrying on the tradition of letting kids of all ages shine on the stage during their Summer Drama program.
needed — be it moving props from place to place to performing onstage when one of our actors got sick at the last minute. Jenna is the guru of our sets and props. Oh, and Marlee and Eloise are two of our newest actresses! I couldn’t do what I do without them!
Ms. Jennie Opie
Jennie Opie has been acting, singing, and dancing beginning at the age of 3. She studied dance with the renowned Marcus Alford, and acting with the Atlanta Workshop Players. Her voice training was with Valerie Kennedy, who has had students perform on Broadway. Jennie is an accomplished vocalist singing numbers such as The Queen of the Night by Mozart, and The Phantom of the Opera. She uses her talents to work with our students on their vocal numbers.
She became the Director of Choreography for the Shallowford Falls Drama Club and Summer Camp Productions in 1996. Since that time, her actors and actresses have wowed audiences with her unique ability to get all students to dance. Some of her biggest fans are boys who beg for more dances with the fun-loving Ms. Jennie. She has been the choreographer for Grease, A Kid’s Version, Tom Sawyer, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Oliver, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Cinders and the King, and Jungle Book.
Jennie’s passion for working with children is like artwork in motion. She brings out the best in our kids, builds the confidence in all children, and is their most ardent cheerleader. She is looking forward to being the choreographer for many more productions to come.