The Jonathan Williams Center for the Performing Arts (JWCPA) was incorporated in December 2016 and the board was organized and met in January 2017. We bring a wealth of knowledge with over 80 years combined experience in music education in the public and private sectors. Although this is our second year as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, we are not new to the performing arts scene in Beaumont and Houston areas. I promised my students over 16 years ago that we would have a performing arts center. It took some time to formally organize because of responsibilities in the classroom. But after retirement in June of 2016, this felt like the right time! Now I can dedicate my time to developing an organization the Beaumont community will be proud to call their own.
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JWCPA is a great organization. Headed by such talent as Mr. Williams, JWCPA has earned my respect as an artist and first time actor. Mr. Williams brings a caring multi-layer approach with professional quality to the stage. I was impressed by all the moving parts, from costume and stage detail, the live music and sound, lighting, quality artistic talent, singing and organization. JWCPA is a hidden gem in our community. If you have never been to one of his plays, participated in or behind the scenes your missing out on a one of a kind opportunity! Mr Williams has definitely redefined performing arts for me and brought positive change to my life through the organization!
My girls are planning to attend camp again this year! They had such a good time last year and are VERY anxious to go back. They have been asking continuously since Spring Break about the program. So I am so happy to see you are planning to have it. I pray all goes well and it will go through as planned.
My daughters (ages 14 and 10) attended the JWCPA Summer Theater Camp for the first time on last summer 2019. It was such an outstanding experience for them - they didn't want the program to end! All year long, they have been sharing memories of their experiences at camp and remembering friends that they met. Some of the friendships have even been close and lasting bonds throughout the past year. They are so anxious and excited to get back to camp this year. And the threat of closures due to COVID-19 has been heartbreaking for them. So we are praying that all goes well and camp takes place as planned.
As a parent, I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication to the students that attend the program. The teachers are committed to excellence and really work with the students. My daughters are usually shy but the teachers who worked with them, pulled out the best in them. The the final product (the performance) is amazing. If you missed it, you missed a treat! Thank you Mr. Williams for all you do!
The Jonathan Williams Center of Performing Arts has changed my daughter's life. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor kidney cancer when she was just three years old. The removal of the tumor and kidney limited activities that she could safely participate in. However, two years ago she attend the JWCPA summer camp and found her niche'. Mr. Williams works tirelessly with the children to do their best and brings out their amazing potential. Along with finding her passion JWCPA has afforded her with opportunities to be featured on the local news, perform for one of the state representatives Joe Deshotel, and even fortune 500 companies like United Airlines. At first she felt like she missing out of a piece of her childhood by not being allowed to be in contact sports. However, the performing arts has opened a never ending window of fulfillment. I am beyond grateful for the work that JWCPA provides to the local community. My other three children also joined in and have developed a taste for theater as well. They have participated in the Lion King Jr., The Gospel According to Scrooge, and Jungle Book plays. The children are making life long bonds, have a safe area to express themselves, and learning the arts. JWCPA simply is a blessing!
Our family had the opportunity to experience a JWCPA production when we saw "Scrooge" in 2018. Our son sat beside our Pastor at the show. For a child that normally doesn't sit still for anything, he was mesmerized and sat through practically the whole show!
He's pretty quiet and enjoys computer technology mostly. So it wasn't a surprise when he didn't want to participate in the JWCPA Summer camp. But... when it was announced that there were tryouts for Scrooge for 2019 Winter show. He ask if he could try out!
Before my eyes I saw a child that typically didn't say much get excited about going to rehearsals. He had passion about rehearsing and took his part very seriously!
As the show got closer, rehearsals were more frequent, he never grew weary. He would rehearse his parts continuously. In fact, he kept his grades up and always wanted to make sure he was on time. I will never forget the smile on his face during one of the dress rehearsals (picture attached).
Mr. Williams showed interest in each child and has a gift of bringing out hidden talents. I would listen as our son shared what he had learned about the set and how to position himself on stage.
Mr. William's and JWCPA has helped transformed a once shy boy... to inspired and passionate about the performing arts.
By the way, he's met new friends that he is in contact with even now and eagerly awaits the next JWCPA Summer Camp!!