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.

Financial aid available! For more information, questions or comments email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS IS NOW OPEN!

This Summer, 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, including classes for adults!

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!”

SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Program Age Date and Time Instructor Fee
“EL RIO” (“The River”) Bilingual Theater, Music, and Dance! Grades 5-8 Monday –  Thursday

12:30pm – 5:30pm

Friday 9am – 2pm

06/24/2019 – 06/28/2019

ArtsLatinoNY $420 Register Now!
Explore theater through movement, music, and Spanish verse. Led by ArtsLatinoNY renowned artists—actor and director German Jaramillo of ID Studio Theater, pianist and composer Pablo Mayor of Folklore Urbano NYC, and choreographer and dancer Daniel Fetecua. Participants will come together to create a mini-production to be premiered on the final day of the intensive. Participants should have some prior knowledge of Spanish, although the work will consist of both Spanish and English.
Dance Day Grades 3-6  Monday

9am – 3pm

07/01/2019

Joel Sherry $85 Register Now!
No dance experience needed for this very special day – just a desire to get up on your feet and find out what your body can do! Young people entering grades 3 through 6 will get a chance to work with dancer/choreographer Joel Sherry and members of his contemporary dance troupe throughout the day Joel specializes in physical storytelling: using the body to express emotions and tell stories. You’ll be amazed at what you can do in just a few hours!
Improv Day Grades 5-8

Tuesday

9am – 3pm

07/02/2019

David Neilsen $85 Register Now!
No scripts today, just up on your feet fun! Learn the joy of thinking on your feet, of saying “yes”! Improv Master David Neilsen leads kids in grades 5-8 in rounds of wild and fun theater games
Shakespeare Day Grades 7-12

Wednesday

9am – 3pm

07/03/2019

Peter Royston

$85 Register Now!
Get your Bard on today! Academy Director Peter Royston leads kids in grades 2 – 5 in exploring the world of Shakespeare! Learn about stage combat and magic, Shakespeare’s stories and language and the mysterious, beautiful world of Shakespeare’s theater! No experience necessary – just come and have fun! What an enriching way to learn about the greatest playwright in history!
Frozen JR. Grades 2-8

Monday –  Friday

9am – 3pm

07/08/2019 – 07/19/2019

Peter Royston

$840 Register Now!
The enchanting modern classic from Disney is coming to the Music Hall stage this summer! Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is a perfect cool treat to brighten up your summer!
The Lion King Grades 2-5

Monday –  Friday

9am – 3pm

08/05/2019 – 08/09/2019

Peter Royston

$420 Register Now!
Disney’s “The Lion King” has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world, and now it’s coming to the Music Hall stage! This one of a kind musical is a perfect summer theater experience – and all in one week! Watch the African savannah come to life before your eyes as Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Featuring such now-classic songs as “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “The Circle of Life,”
Circus Week Grades K-12

Monday –  Friday

9am – 3pm

08/12/2019 – 08/16/2019

Westchester Circus Arts

$420 Register Now!
Be “The Greatest Showman” this summer and run away to the circus! Westchester Circus Arts teams up with the Music Hall Academy 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. Beginner through advanced level students welcome. No experience necessary. Circus week ends in an exciting student showcase for families to attend.
Adventure Week: Monkey King Rocks! Grades 2-5

Monday –  Friday

9am – 1pm

08/19/2019 – 08/23/2019

Peter Royston

$280 Register Now!
Academy Director Peter Royston guides young performers through the Chinese myth of The Monkey King in MONKEY KING ROCKS! Based on an ancient Chinese myth, MONKEY KING ROCKS is the magical adventure story of a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers and immortality while always holding on to his mischievous personality. Through his wild adventures, and his friends like Piggy (half Pig, half human, all heart!) and Sandy (a man-eating sand demon, but don’t worry, he’s cool to his friends!) the trickster monkey flies through the clouds, fights monsters, and tricks dragon kings – all the while finding new friends and ruling his Monkey Kingdom with kindness, good humor – and ice cream! MONKEY KING ROCKS is a wild and breathless adventure of friendship and magic – come join us this summer to be part of the rocking monkey fun!
Adventure Week: Greek Myths Come To Life! Grades 5-8

Monday –  Friday

1pm – 5pm

08/19/2019 – 08/23/2019

David Neilsen

$280 Register Now!
For years, director, writer and Improv expert David Neilsen has thrilled and tickled the funny bone of the Rivertowns with his annual “Rockin’ Hood” shows – now he bring the madness to the Music Hall stage! This year the theme is Greek Mythology! Young people weave rock, pop, broadway, and more into a half-­hour romp of heroes, villains, sword fighting, wand waving, and sheer lunacy. Campers will help select the songs they sing, or they can choose not to sing at all. They will also be involved in painting and creating the show’s sets and props.

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Yoga for Actors Grades 7-12

Saturday, April 27rd, 10am – 12pm

Julia Schonberg

$45 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Yoga and Acting are very different. Yoga focuses on quieting the mind and finding zen: an almost reset-like button on the mind. Acting is about imagination and impulses. However, in many ways, Yoga and Acting are the same. Each of these pursuits calls for an intense focus of the mind and body, hyper awareness, release of tension, a strong instrument, and the ability to be open and vulnerable to incoming impulses. In this course, we will practice both yoga and acting techniques, and discover the similarities and differences between them. Throughout the course, we will alter our yoga practice to include what is needed of us to perform as actors, and students will gain a set of diverse tools to apply to scenework, monologue work, vocal work, character work, as well as in rehearsal and performance of a play.
Improv Weekend Workshop Grades: 4-7

Saturday, May 4th, 10am – 2pm

David Neilsen

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Spend a Saturday morning working on advanced improv games with David Neilsen! This class is great for kids new to improv or for those who have improv experience under their belt.

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

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!