We are delighted to have Sophia Moyer working at CCAA. Sophia has not only served on our staff before, but she was also one of our first campers. Sophia’s experience with Cairn Community Arts Academy (CCAA) began with the very first theater production, a retelling of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. (At that time we were Hilltown Creative Arts Academy) Both Sophia and her brother had been invited to fill in, Sophia as ‘The Ghost of Christmas Present’ and her brother as ‘Fred’. Sophia tells me, “Our parents couldn’t afford tuition, but thankfully both my brother and I had an anonymous sponsor.”
Sophia wore many hats at the Academy where she had the opportunity to do an assortment of jobs in the following shows (Costuming, Stage Crew/Manager, Props, Facepainting, Set Design/Construction etc.):
- A Christmas Carol Retold – Ghost of Christmas Present
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Multiple Productions)- The Professor/Mr Tumnus/Dryad/Rabbit
- Pilgrim’s Progress – (Filled in last minute as a Maid)
- Snow White Retold (Multiple Productions) – Queen Arabella/The Huntsman/Bossy
- Cinderella Retold – Bird
- Willy Wonka Jr. – Mrs Bucket/Chief Oompa Loompa
- Anne of Green Gables – (Filled in as ‘Bessy’)
- The Selfish Giant – The Giant
- The Invitation (Dinner Theater) – Detective Shorfoot
- The Magician’s Nephew – Rabbit/Tuna
- The Ugly Duckling – The Queen
After graduating in 2009, Sophia was also involved in a variety of experiences that took her far away from Hilltown, PA and the Academy.
In May 2010 to May 2011 she volunteered with Wycliffe Associates in Cameroon, Africa. In 2011-12 she spent one year at school in Capernwray Hall, England.
Upon her return she rejoined the academy for a year to work as Costumer, with ‘Annie Jr.’ as her first costuming production. She then returned to Capernwray Hall to serve as the IT/AV Assistant in mornings, working mainly photography or in the lecture recording studio. In the evenings, she was a pool attendant (an unofficial lifeguard, with cleaning duties on rotation).
Sophia then returned to the states again in June 2014 and assisted in the CCAA productions of “Charlotte’s Web” and then performed in the alumni fundraiser of “Snow White Retold”.
It seemed that whenever Sophia was in the area, she would come back to be a part of of CCAA. Sophia says, “CCAA has been a place of acceptance and growth for me, it has been my ‘mission field’/ministry, the students have been as younger siblings, and Christine Koch has been my dear friend, sister, and mentor.”
The transition from being a student at CCAA to becoming an Assistant Teacher brought mixed feelings for Sophia. “Not really considering herself to ever be a teacher” she was both feeling of intimidation and excitment.
“Having taken on this role, it has the feeling of promotion and, as I told my family when going to my first Faculty meeting, I felt like I was some kind of superhero; I imagined I should be wearing a cape that said ‘Cairn Faculty’ on it. Now, likely faculty meetings are meant to be private, but I would like to say, I am looking forward to this new aspect of being at CCAA; I look forward also to being more involved/aware of the other teachers and courses offered at CCAA. “
If you want to get to know Sophia better, along with other faculty, mark your calendars, as in February, you’ll have a chance to meet more faculty at our very own ‘Faculty Recital’!