Sheri and Michael Melcher have over 25 years of experience working for and directing outstanding performing arts programs in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas. The Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA is based on a model that they were first introduced to back in 1995.  The Melchers worked for a fantastic couple, Mr. and Mrs. O’Riley, at Spring Lake Farm Day Camp in Ambler, PA.  It was such a wonderful environment in every way- nurturing, encouraging, engaging and led by such a professional staff.  The kids came from a variety of backgrounds and spent their days creating, collaborating and building life long friendships. Spring Lake Farm was such a magical place and they knew that we wanted to create something like it one day.

After teaching for over 20 years and doing a good deal of performing and teaching, Sheri and Michael relocated to their vacation home in the Pocono mountains.  After working with the Grammy-award winning singer and composer Harry Connick Jr on his new children’s musical, The Happy Elf, they decided to bring the project to Scranton.  Over forty kids, teens and adults from the area participated in the cast recording and even more performed in the fully staged show the following season. Through that production, they met so many children and families who were looking for a high quality performing arts program.  At this time, they created The Creative and Performing Arts Academy, which is now located at the RITZ BUILDING, 222 Wyoming Ave, Scranton PA.  CaPAA of NEPA offers classes in theater, music and dance and productions throughout the year for kids, teens and adults as well as a vibrant 9-week summer camp program.