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.

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The Music Hall Academy is offering a variety of classes after school to kids in grades K-12, and to adults.  See a complete list of our programs below!

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.

THE MUSIC HALL ACADEMY – FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS! 

The Music Hall Academy is offering FREE online workshops for kids of all ages during this difficult time. Starting next Tuesday, March 24, young people can take part in one hour workshops on Shakespeare, Creative Writing, Science Fiction and more! Admission is FREE but space is limited – RSVP today to proyston@tarrytownmusichall.org 

De-Coding Shakespeare: 
Tuesday (3:30 – 4:30 Grades 3-5, 5:00 – 6:00 Grades 6 – 12)   Read and act an entire Shakespeare play with a respected Shakespeare director! Learn to read the Shakespeare “code” and use clues within the language to appreciate some of the greatest plays ever written!

Creative Writing:  
Wednesday (3:30 – 4:30 grades 4-6)  Students will create their own plays and stories and get feedback from  the teacher and from each other. 

Fractured Fairy Tales:
Thursday (3:30 – 4:30 grades 2-3) Create and perform a play (online!) based on a story that sees your favorite fairy tales in new and exciting ways! 

Science Fiction Roundtable:
Friday (3:30 – 4:30 grades 6-12)  Read and discuss the classics of science fiction literature – works by Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson and more – with a group of fellow science fiction lovers!

SPRING WORKSHOPS

THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYGROUND PRESENTS: JULIUS CAESAR
Price: $395 | Grades 2-5 | Instructor: Peter Royston
Mondays starting 3/23 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm
Class dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 , 6/1, 6/8 & 6/15
No Class on: 4/6, 4/13, 5/25
Performance: Monday, 6/15 at 5pm

The Academy’s Shakespeare Playground program continues to introduce the world’s greatest plays to young actors in an accessible and fun atmosphere! JULIUS CAESAR is Shakespeare’s adventure story of political ambition, corruption and betrayal, as Roman senators Brutus and Cassius lead a group effort to assassinate the powerful Julius Caesar, then battle with Mark Antony over control of the state!

JESSICA QUICKSILVER AND THE CLOUD PIRATES OF TOMORROW! A NEW PLAY OF ADVENTURE AND EXCITEMENT!
Price: $395 | Grades 3-6 | Instructor: Peter Royston
Tuesdays starting 3/24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Class dates: 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 & 6/2
No Class on: 4/7
Performance: Tuesday, 6/2 at 7:00pm

WHO IS JESSICA QUICKSILVER?! Explorer, adventurer, reporter, and the best friend you’ll ever have, Jessica is always on the move with her friends – a cowboy, a computer wizard and a sidekick android – but ever since her father disappeared, she’s been looking to fill the void in her heart. Working as an investigative reporter for her school newspaper THE WATCHMAN, Jessica is always looking over her shoulder for her enemy, Granny Misery and the mysterious dark figure pulling all the strings! JESSICA QUICKSILVER AND THE CLOUD PIRATES OF TOMORROW is a wild new adventure story take off on comic books, cartoons and anime! Join Jessica this spring and speed through adventure after adventure, fighting horrible villains, meeting strange and wonderful creatures!

SUMMER WORKSHOPS

MAKING MOVIES
Price: $420
Grades: 4 – 8
Instructor: Peter Royston
Dates: July 6 – July 10, 9am – 3pm
Performance: Friday, July 10th at 3pm

It’s Hollywood on the Hudson this summer at the Tarrytown Music Hall! Learn the basics of movie making, from script writing to casting to storyboards and then make your own movie, using the historic Music Hall as your setting and inspiration! The workshop will be broken up into smaller teams, and each team will brainstorm, write, plan, rehearse and film their own short movies! The week will end with a “Film Festival” as these masterpieces are shown on the big screen at the Music Hall! Come be a part of the movie magic!

MUSICAL THEATER WEEK (In Partnership with Rivertown Dance)Price: $280
Grades: 3 – 5 & 6 – 12
Instructor: Peter Royston & Rivertown Dance Academy
Dates: July 13 – July 17, 9 am to 1 pm: Grades 3 – 5
July 13 – July 17, 1 pm – 5pm: Grades 6 – 12

Performance:
July 17, 3 pm: Grades 3 – 5
July 17, 5 pm: Grades 6 – 12

It’s a TRIPLE THREAT WEEK as kids learn SINGING, ACTING and DANCING from professionals. Kids will be assigned (or pick their favorite!) songs or scenes from classic Broadway shows and dig deep all week to create their own unique scenes with the help of professional directors, choreographers and voice coaches. Experience the Musical Theater rehearsal process – all in one week!

SHAKESPEARE CABARET
Price: $280
Grades: 3 – 5 & 6 – 12
Instructor: Peter Royston
Dates:
July 20 – July 24, 9 am – 1 pm: Grades 3 – 5
July 20 – July 24, 1 pm – 5 pm: Grades 6 – 12

Performance:
Saturday, July 25th, 10am – 12pm at Patriot’s Park

Welcome to the Shakespeare Cabaret! It’s a week devoted to the greatest writer who ever lived as kids explore, speak, memorize and most important, get on their feet and ACT the Bard’s most famous monologues and scenes. But along with learning these famous words from expert Shakespeare teachers, kids will take ownership over Shakespeare’s work, creating songs, improvisational scenes and artwork, all based around Shakespeare’s plays! The Shakespeare Cabaret will perform where Shakespeare should always be done: under an open sky at Patriot’s Park as part of the TASH Farmer’s Market!

MOANA JR.
Price: $420
Grades: 3 – 12
Instructor: Peter Royson
Dates: July 27 – August 7, 9 am – 3 pm
Performance: August 7, at 3pm

MOANA JR. features all the beloved songs from the now-classic film, written by Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Mirand, Opetaia Foa’I and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Along with the legendary demigod Maui, Moana embarks on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie and learns to harness the power that lies within. MOANA Jr. is sure to bring out the hero within all of us!

CIRCUS WEEK (In Partnership with Westchester Circus Arts)
Price: $575
Grades: 3 – 12
Instructor: Westchester Circus Arts
Dates: Aug 10 – Aug 14, 9 am – 3 pm
Performance: Friday, Aug 14, 3 pm

The Circus returns to the Music Hall this summer! Last summer’s Circus Week was a great success and this year will be even better! Westchester Circus Arts teams up with the Music Hall Academy again for a wild and breathtaking week of circus fun! Real circus performers coach kids in all the exciting skills of the circus including Aerial Arts, Wire-Walking, Juggling, Acrobatics, Clowning, and more. Special workshops include Aerial Silks, Lyra, Hula Hooping, Tightwire, Contortion, and physical comedy. No experience necessary! New features this year include the Chinese Pole and the German Wheel! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

FAIRY TALE ROCK
Price: $420
Grades: 2 – 5
Instructor: Peter Royston
Dates: August 17 – 21, 9 am – 3 pm
Performance: Friday, August 21, 3 pm

This musical adventure is full of fractured fairy tales sure to knock your socks off! The story is set at Mother Gooses cottage on her 100th birthday celebration. She invites all of her dearest friends from her favorite fairytales to join in the fun. Once they are all in one room, it is revealed that some of the guests feel misunderstood, particularly the fairy tale villains. Come rock out with favorite characters from “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella” in this cool musical that mixes rock and pop with 1950s feel-good do- wop tunes!

A WIND IN THE DOOR (In Partnership with Rivertown Dance)
Price: $420
Grades: 2 – 12
Instructor: Peter Royston & Rivertown Dance Academy
Dates: Aug 23 – Aug 27, 9 am – 3 pm
Performance: Friday, Aug 27, 6 pm

Be part of a WORLD PREMIERE! Academy director Peter Royston was commissioned by the estate of Madeleine L’Engle to write a play adaptation of A WIND IN THE DOOR, the sequel to her famous novel A WRINKLE IN TIME. Now this beautiful science fiction adventure story will come to life on the famous Music Hall stage! In A Wrinkle In Time, Meg journeyed to outer space to save the universe, but in A Wind In The Door, her destination is inner space! Meg struggles to save her brother’s life by shrinking down to explore the universe between his cells and atoms, confronting an evil spreading across the universe. A breathtaking science fiction adventure story, A Wind In The Door speaks to the growing separations between US and THEM and how we can bridge the gap between people.

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE!

For more information email us at academy@tarrytownmusichall.org or click here for bilingual financial aid forms.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!