The historic Tarrytown Music Hall has joined forces with theater educator Peter Royston in creating The Music Hall Academy under the motto “Art For Life.” Based on traditional concepts of creative mentorship, The Music Hall Academy provides young people with an artistic home where they can develop vital life skills through the performing arts, learning from theater professionals, theater educators, members of the community and from each other. Providing an arts education in a real working theater, The Music Hall Academy immerses young people via a curriculum for theater-making, including set, costume, lighting, directing, playwriting and tech, as well as acting, song and dance. Academy students explore all the different parts of the theater in an open and nurturing  environment.

Questions?  email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org with questions or comments.

REGISTRATION FOR FALL PROGRAMS IS NOW OPEN!

This fall, the Music Hall Academy is offering a variety of classes after school to kids entering grade 2-12, and to adults.  See a complete list of our programs below, including classes for adults!

Program Age Date and Time Instructor Fee
Academy Shakespeare Playground Entering grades 2-5 10 classes on Mondays starting Sept 24

3:30pm-5:15pm

Peter Royston $385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
“Really, the right time to learn Shakespeare is when children are fearless, when they are used to trying out new language. You need to get them before they lose the habit of singing songs and have had the fairy dust shaken out of them.” – Michael Boyd, former Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.  At The Music Hall Academy’s Shakespeare Playground, kids entering grades 2 through 5 get a great head start in exploring Shakespeare the way his work is meant to be enjoyed: on your feet in fun and exciting games and storytelling! By the time younger kids get through digging into Shakespeare’s characters (Kings! Queens! Wizards! Warriors! Monsters!) and his stories (Battles! Magic! Life and Death!), the language is easy!
Introduction to Standup Comedy Entering grades 7-12

10 classes on Mondays starting Sept 24

5:30pm-7:30pm

TBD $385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
Students will learn the art of standup comedy through a variety of writing, performance and improvisational exercises. Over the course of the class, each student will work on his/her own five-minute standup set. Through this process, students will discover their own unique comedic voices and learn to express themselves with confidence.
Theater History for Adults 18+

10 classes on Wednesdays starting Sept 26

7:45pm-9:00pm

Peter Royston $385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
Peter Royston offers this on-your-feet book club, where every week the class explores a new play in a progressive timeline, from the past to the present. We start with the Greeks, then move up through history to the present. Every week, Peter talks about the history and importance of the play and the class prepares a scene from that play and performs in class.
Academy Show Choir- Jr. Entering grades 2-6

10 classes on Tuesdays starting Sept 25

3:30-5:15

 Katja Kullander $385 Register Now!
Limit: 16 students
Blending choral singing with dance, show choir blends choral singing of Broadway hits with choreography, Glee-style! Learn harmony, voice technique and fun choreography in this 10 week program.
Academy Show Choir- Sr.  Entering grades 7-12

10 classes on Tuesdays starting Sept 25

5:30-7:30

Katja Kullander $385 Register Now!
Limit: 16 students
In this Glee-style class, older kids will have a blast as they work together to perform Broadway favorites with advanced choreography and and vocal techniques.
Say Something! Theater Entering grades 8-12

10 classes on Tuesdays starting Sept 25

7:30-9:30

Jan Valle
Brigid Brady

$420 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Want to change the world? Feel passionately about what’s happening around you? Put it on the stage! For thousands of years, playwrights have based their work on current events and ideas. Now it’s your turn! Teens brainstorm, devise, write and perform an original play centering around a current issue.
Transforming Stories Entering grades 5-8

10 classes on Wednesdays starting Sept 26

3:30pm-5:15pm

Peter Royston

$385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
Bring your favorite book or story to life on stage in this unique acting/playwriting workshop! Academy Director Peter Royston will lead young people through the adaption process: how to magically bring the words of your favorite book to life on stage! Science Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Horror, nothing is too strange or weird for this workshop – they’ll all come to life on the Music Hall stage! Peter is the author of “Dolphin Island,” a dramatic adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke.
Introduction to Acting with Rik Entering grades 6-12

11 classes on Wednesdays starting Sept 19

5:30pm-7:30pm

Rik Walter

$450 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
Join professional actor, producer and theater educator Rik Walter in this ten-week workshop designed to introduce young actors to the basics of acting. Using the theories of the legendary theater teacher Uta Hagen as a foundation, Rik will work with his actors to develop and sharpen their self-awareness, observation and creative imagination, while building and heightening honesty, making choices and actions not to “show” any acting but to truly be in the moment.  This is a perfect class for both beginners looking to understand the imaginative process of acting, and for more experienced actors looking to hone their craft. Part Two of this workshop will come in the spring, when actors use the tools Rik has given them for in-depth scene work.
Shakespeare for Adults 18+

5 classes on Thursdays starting Sept 27

7:45pm-9:00

Peter Royston

$250 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
In this 5-week program led by Academy Director Peter Royston, adults can explore their love for the Bard, learn new things about theater, and meet people with similar passions!
Introduction to Improv Entering grades 3-6

10 classes on Thursdays starting Sept 27

3:30pm-5:15pm

David Neilsen

$385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
David brings his tried and true improv class to the Academy!  Kids learn the fundamentals of improv and practice a wide variety of progressively complex theater improv games in order to build acting, public speaking, listening and observing, brainstorming,  decision-making skills and confidence. And have fun!
Improv for Teens Entering grades 7-12

10 classes on Thursdays starting Sept 27

5:30pm-7:15pm

David Neilsen

$385 Register Now!
Limit: 12 students
Spend Thursday afternoons working on advanced improv games with David! This class is great for older kids just starting improv or for kids who have some improv under their belt.

ABOUT PETER ROYSTON

After a career creating educational materials and programs in which he wrote over 50 study guides for Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, and co-founded Broadway Classroom, the educational theater program for Broadway.com, Peter Royston has spent fifteen years as a well-known theater educator in Westchester. Through various organizations and school districts, he has directed countless in-school theater residencies and productions of musicals, plays and Shakespeare with young people of all ages. A certified New York State drama teacher, Mr. Royston has a Masters in Theater Education from the City College of New York.

 WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE ACADEMY

“I like the way the programs are framed, and that you provided a full theatre experience- not just acting.”

“I love that my child has the opportunity to work with professionals on a big stage!”