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.

 

The Music Hall Academy will start during the summer of 2018 with two exciting programs.  Click here to be notified of early bird registration!

JULY 2018:  A MONTH OF WORKSHOPS

Choose a one-week themed workshop or one day of theater games and improvisation!  Each week is broken up into separate groups for Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Middle School and High School.   We will accept single day signup for some week-long sessions pending space available .

June 25-29:  LEGENDS WEEK
Be a legend this week! Rehearse and perform an entire story based on a myth, legend or folktale – all in one week! – then perform it on the Music Hall stage. Create props, set pieces and costumes for your story –  hone your storytelling skills! No day sessions available this week.
$420
Grades 2-3 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 4-5 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 6-12 M-F, noon-6pm
Limit: 30 students/session

Mon, July 2, Tue July 3, Thu July 5, Fri July 6:  DAYS OF FUN
Because of the July 4th Holiday, the Academy is offering day classes this week. Each day is a different workshop this week as we have a blast at the Music Hall!  Musical Theater Day! SFX Workshop Day! Improvisation Day! No scripts this week, just up on your feet fun! Learn the joy of thinking on your feet, of saying “yes”! Sign up for all four days or just one day.
$85/day
Grades 2-3 M,T,Th,F, 9am-3pm
Grades 4-5 M,T,Th,F, 9am-3pm
Grades 6-12 M,T,Th,F, noon-6pm
Limit: 30 students/session/day

July 9-13:  STAGE COMBAT WEEK
En garde! The fight is on this week as students learn the  perfectly safe but thrilling art of Stage Combat! Under the watchful eye of a trained and licensed Stage Combat specialist, kids will develop the concentration and patience needed to portray hand-to-hand stage combat and sword-work. Younger kidswill develop and perform short plays using their stage combat training; older kids will work on scenes from William Shakespeare that are heavy on the mayhem!
$420
Grades 2-3 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 4-5 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 6-12 M-F, noon-6pm
Limit: 30 students/session

JULY 16-20:  MUSICAL THEATER WEEK
Local favorite Maria Jacobi returns to the area for this very special musical week! Each group produces its own musical this week: the younger kids work short shows based on science, the older kids fashion their own cabarets, but everyone learns the basics of musical theater, including voice work, songwriting, orchestration, and movement/choreography.
$420
Grades 2-3 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 4-5 M-F, 9am-3pm
Grades 6-12 M-F, noon-6pm
Limit: 30 students/session

AUGUST 2018: SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s most magical play comes to life on the Music Hall stage in three different sessions which rehearse separately then come together to perform this Shakespeare classic on the Music Hall stage! Along with acting in this beautiful and funny play, students will create the costume, set and lighting design: A total theater process from on the boards to behind the boards, a chance to engage with the whole process of creating a play.

THE SHAKESPEARE TEEN INTENSIVE
Young people will work with Shakespeare experts and theater educators to create the unforgettable leading characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Movement, singing and Stage Combat classes are included, along with opportunities to create Sets, Costumes and Lighting design for the production!
$1200
Monday Aug 6th-Monday Aug 27, Grades 6-12, Noon – 6pm
Limit: 20 students

COMEDY WORKSHOP
Working with professional storytellers and theater educators, students will use improvisation, physical comedy, song and dance to explore and create the comic characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set, costume and lighting design work is included!
$1200
Monday Aug 6th-Monday Aug 27, Grades 4-5, 9am – 3pm
Limit: 15 students

SPIRIT WORKSHOP
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Spirits of the Forest come to life in dance, song, magic and mischief! The Spirit Workshop brings the spirits of the play – who are present in almost every scene! – to magical life using dance, singing, movement and beginner’s stage combat! Along with joining a three-week all day session that magically integrates all of the arts, kids will take field trips into the natural environs around the Music Hall for inspiration!
$1200
Monday Aug 6th-Monday Aug 27, Grades 2-3,  9am-3pm
Limit:  the more the merrier!

CLICK HERE TO BE NOTIFIED OF EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION!

 

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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.

 

PEOPLE ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT THE ACADEMY

“How fabulous for the Music Hall and for the whole 10591 community to have this blossoming academy–both to nurture the kids’ creativity and theatrical skills (on all fronts, it seems!) and to help cultivate the next generation of theater lovers and supporters. So bravo to you! We’re excited to be a part of this endeavor from the get go and will support the program in every way we can moving forward.”