About Us

Our History

Brightstone originated as Cornerstone Productions in 2006. Justin and Sharon Carter both love theatre and saw a need in the Oconee community where families could enjoy performing theatre together.

Justin and Sharon met while performing theatre in Virgina. After moving to Watkinsville, they were in a couple of shows together, but since they had a child it was tough to do shows together and travel all the way to Athens for every rehearsal and performance.

They began producing faith-based Christmas shows since there were none of these in the area: only one show a year for five years. However within a couple of years of the Christmas productions, people began asking for more productions.

The first Mainstage production Cornerstone produced was Hello, Dolly! in 2013, and the first Secondstage production the same year was Seussical, Jr. In 2016, Cornerstone Productions changed our name to Brightstone in order to maintain a unique identity in the area.

Our Vision

Where are we going now?

Brightstone has many dreams for the future. We would like to continue quality community theatre by building our year-round classes. We will continue performing live theatre via musical and straight plays. We have been asked to take groups on overseas mission trips and performance trips. We are planning in the near future to host domestic theatrical trips to NYC, Disney, and SETC.

We have recently moved into our own theatre space located at 560 Jerry Smith Drive in Watkinsville.

Our Team

Portrait of Heather Arnold

Heather Arnold

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Heather Arnold is has been a part of Cornerstone Productions since the beginning and is so excited to watch God work through everyone involved. She is working towards her Early Childhood Education degree in hopes of teaching elementary school one day. She has been doing theatre since age seven and dancing since age three. Some of her favorite roles include: Georgie in Jingle in the City, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Eddie in The Christmas Letter and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly.

Portrait of Andrea Berry

Andrea Berry

Administrative Assistant; Music Director

Andrea Berry, Music Director/Administrative Assistant, has a B.A. in Church Music, Piano Emphasis from Moody Bible Institute. She has been playing piano for 27 years and has been involved in a choir for as long as she can remember. Andrea has been a member of the Raleigh Ringers, enjoys singing in large and small ensembles, has fun conducting, and loves being an accompanist in church and for friends. She has been the music director for 11 shows with Brightstone, Disney's "The Little Mermaid", "God Bless Us, Everyone", and "Tuck Everlasting" being among her favorites. Currently, she serves on the praise team and in choir at her church and teaches private piano lessons out of her home.

Portrait of Justin Carter

Justin Carter

Producer

Justin Carter, Producer, has a B.A. in Business from Liberty University. Justin has performed in numerous shows in both Virginia and Georgia. While in Virginia, he toured with the musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel." He was in the Virginia and Canadian premiere of the show. He also starred in the world premiere of SETC's 1999 best new play, "April Morning," at the Renaissance Theatre Company. Justin and the show were both featured in the SETC Magazine. He also performed Roger in "Grease" and Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with the Academy of Fine Arts. Justin is the owner of Justin Wayne Casting. He is the sole casting director for Cannon Financial, Sabotage Films, and FA Entertainment in LA. In 2013 and 2014, Justin was brought on as a theatre advisor for the Virginia Christmas Spectacular in Lynchburg,VA.

Portrait of Sharon Carter

Sharon Carter

Program Director

Sharon Carter, Program Director, has an B.M. in Vocal Performance from Liberty University and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from UGA. Sharon has been trained in numerous styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and modern and has been dancing for 35 years. Sharon began her theatrical career on the stage as Tess in Crazy for You and Nancy in Oliver. In film, she was the choreographer for Consumerism, the Musical. She has choreographed for various groups between Georgia and Virgina, including Virgina School of the Arts. Currently, Sharon directs Little Prince Players at PACS and is a vocal coach in her own Voice Studio.

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Lizzie Charlton

Acting Teacher

Lizzie Charlton graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, with a B.A. in Theatre while also developing a passion for improv/comedy. Upon graduating, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in Theatre, Film and TV in the area, while also studying improv and sketch comedy at The Groundlings Theatre and School. She currently lives in Athens, GA and works for Connect Ministries as the Programming Specialist for WinShape Camps for Communities and creates all the programming for their Day Camps. She has performed in a variety of shows like, Jane Eyre, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Godspell, Othello, and a one woman show she wrote called, Strawberry Fields Forever. Most recently, you might have seen her as Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, or Ursula in The Little Mermaid, all through Brightstone Productions.

Portrait of Rebecca Ommendal

Rebecca Ommendal

Dance Instructor

Rebecca Ommedal's passion is helping other people discover the power and beauty of their own bodies. This passion led her to study Dance Science at the University of Georgia, where she received training in dance technique and composition, as well as the fundamentals of training the body for ease of movement and expression. She will graduate with her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance Science this December. Her style of teaching places an emphasis on creating a strong physical foundation and connecting the mind with the body, while still gaining mastery of beautiful technique. She is so excited to be working with Brightstone. When she's not in the studio, you'll most likely find her wrist deep in some dirt in the garden or some dough in the kitchen.

Contact Us

Directions

  1. Go south on Main Street through Downtown Watkinsville
  2. Take a slight left at the five-way intersection by Jittery Joe's on GA-15
  3. In less than a mile, turn right onto Jerry Smith Drive
  4. Brightstone Productions is located at the very end of the road on the cul-de-sac

Our Physical Address

Brightstone Productions
560 Jerry Smith Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677