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 SPRING PROGRAMS IS NOW OPEN!

This Spring, 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!”

 

 

 

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Program Age Date and Time Instructor Fee
DANCING THROUGH THE WORLD Grades K-1 10 classes on Mondays starting Feb 25

3:30pm-4:30pm

Jill Lifflander $200 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Take a journey! Dancer, artist and educator Jill Liflander takes kids in grades K and 1 on an imaginative trip around the world! Each week you’ll visit a new land and learn about its customs and culture through silly and fun stories, dances, music, song, games and arts and crafts! Brazil! Japan! India! The only limit is your imagination – for adventurous kids only!
SHAKESPEARE PLAYGROUND PRESENTS MACBETH Grades 2-5 10 classes on Mondays starting Feb 25

4:45pm-6:45pm

Peter Royston $395 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Join the spooky fun! Witches! Ghosts! Sword fights and battles! Along with Academy Director Peter Royston, kids take on Shakespeare’s most thrilling play in this new accessible adaptation for very young actors.
ACADEMY SHOW CHOIR Grades 2-6

10 classes on Tuesdays starting Feb 26

3:30-5:15

 Katja Otero $395 Register Now!
Limit: 25 students
Show choir blends choral singing of Broadway hits with choreography, Glee-style! Learn harmony, voice technique and fun choreography in this 10 week program.
SUPERHERO THE MUSICAL! (DUAL-LANGUAGE) Grades 4-5

10 classes on Tuesdays starting Feb 26

5:30pm-7:15pm

Peter Royston

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 40 students
Hold on to your capes! This brand new musical makes every young performer a hero as they join The Superhero Academy to learn the importance of teamwork and about the superpowers in all of us! SUPERHERO The Musical is a new musical with lyrics in Spanish and English – no language requirements, like the best dual language classes, you learn as you go! Directed by Peter Royston
CUMBIA FOR KIDS Grades 3-5

10 classes on Wednesdays starting Feb 27

3:30pm-5:15pm

Anna Mayor & Pablo Mayor

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 25 students
Folklore Urbano NYC’s Cumbia for Kids, led by local musicians Pablo and Anna Mayor, will take students on a 10-week musical journey through the diverse traditions of Colombia through song, creative movement, and drumming, while exploring the culture and language of Latin America.
WEST SIDE STORY Grades 6-12

10 classes on Wednesdays starting Feb 27

5:30pm-7:30pm

Peter Royston

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 40 students
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This brand new adaptation for young performers makes this iconic musical more accessible and meaningful for young performers. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever; the score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are still widely regarded as among the best ever written; and Jerome Robbins’ choreography endures as one of the most innovative and inventive applications of the medium. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two young, idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Directed by Peter Royston
WEST SIDE STORY: THEATRICAL DESIGN WORKSHOP Grades 6-12

10 classes on Wednesdays starting Feb 27

5:30pm-7:30pm

Stewart Sherry

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 7 students
Young artists in this workshop will take on task of designing costumes, props and set pieces for the Academy’s spring production of WEST SIDE STORY! Working with professional theatrical designer Stewart Lee, young people will get an introduction to theatrical design through creative thinking. Learn the design process from concept to construction! See your designs come to life on the Music Hall stage! Be a part of the collaborative spirit of the theater, with design activities and hands-on building projects! Working behind the scenes in the theater is just as exciting as being on stage – be an important part of this brand new production!
SCENE STUDY Grades 6-12

10 classes on Thursdays starting Feb 28

3:30pm-5:10pm

Julia Schonberg

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Get up on stage in this new scene study workshop! Performers will learn the basic tools for acting a scene through improvisational exercises and traditional scene study. We’ll explore how to use the actor’s voice and body onstage, and how to access the thoughts, feelings, and actions of a character. We’ll dive deep into the given circumstances and story structure of a scene as we work with scene partners on 2-3 scenes from classic and brand new plays. Actors will learn valuable tools for how to tell a clear story and build confidence on and off the stage!
IMPROV WORKSHOP Grades 6-12

10 classes on Thursdays starting Feb 28

5:30pm-7:15pm

David Neilsen

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Spend Thursday afternoons working on advanced improv games with David Neilsen! This class is great for older kids just starting improv or for kids who have some improv under their belt.
CREATE YOUR OWN SHOW – DUAL LANGUAGE THEATER! Grades 6-8

10 classes on Fridays starting March 1

3:30pm-5:15pm

Jamie Vanegas

$395 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
With teaching artist Jamie Vanegas, young performers will work together to create their own theatrical presentation in English and Spanish, combining storytelling, music, movement and dance. No language requirements, like the best dual language classes, you learn as you go!
 

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

 

Shakespeare For Adults Adult

Saturday, January 12th, 9am – 12pm

Peter Royston

$65 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Explore the work of the world’s greatest playwright with Academy Director Peter Royston! Just come on in on a cold winter’s morning, grab some coffee and let’s do some Shakespeare! We’ll play some games, get up on our feet, learn some Elizabethan history, speak some famous speeches and just generally have fun – you know, nothing serious – just Shakespeare!
Find Your Voice! Confidence Boosting Workshop: Auditions, Interviews, Public Speaking and More!  Grades 6-12

Sunday, January 20th, 10am – 2pm

Julia Schonberg &
John Cardoza

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Auditioning for the school play or musical? Going on an interview? Speaking in front of a crowd – or a classroom? Master them all through this workshop! With teaching artist Julia Schonberg and Broadway performer John Cardoza, we will work on monologues and songs, as well as explore improvisational exercises designed to help young people conquer stage fright, gain self awareness, self-confidence, and find their unique voice. In preparation for this workshop, please bring a monologue, song, speech, or one of each.
Voices on Broadway for Adults Adults

Saturday, February 2nd, 10am – 2pm

Katja Otero

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 25 students
Voices On Broadway blends choral singing of Broadway hits Glee-style! Learn harmony, voice technique through Broadway tunes in this weekend workshop!
Find Your Voice! Confidence Boosting Workshop: Auditions, Interviews, Public Speaking and More!  Grades 6-12

Sunday, February 3rd, 10am – 2pm

Julia Schonberg &
John Cardoza

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Auditioning for the school play or musical? Going on an interview? Speaking in front of a crowd – or a classroom? Master them all through this workshop! With teaching artist Julia Schonberg and Broadway performer John Cardoza, we will work on monologues and songs, as well as explore improvisational exercises designed to help young people conquer stage fright, gain self awareness, self-confidence, and find their unique voice. In preparation for this workshop, please bring a monologue, song, speech, or one of each.
Dance Maker Workshops: I Love Dance! Grades 2-4

Saturday, February 9th, 10am – 2pm

Joel Sherry

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Join local dance performance group, teatolocal, in a morning of dance, movement fun and exploration. Led by teatolocal teaching artist Joel Sherry, Dance Maker Workshops give students a chance to discover and build unique collaborative dance and movement pieces using improvisation games and experiments. No dance experience is necessary, only a willingness to explore, move and have fun! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day. Using Valentine themed stories, music, sound, objects and costumes, students will create their own unique dance performances to be presented for an invited audience. Come with your love of dance and your desire to have fun, explore, and move!
Shakespeare For Adults Adult

Saturday, February 16th, 9am – 12pm

Peter Royston

$65 Register Now!
Limit: 15 students
Explore the work of the world’s greatest playwright with Academy Director Peter Royston! Just come on in on a cold winter’s morning, grab some coffee and let’s do some Shakespeare! We’ll play some games, get up on our feet, learn some Elizabethan history, speak some famous speeches and just generally have fun – you know, nothing serious – just Shakespeare!
Dance Maker Workshops: Winter Windup Grades 5-7

Saturday, March 2nd, 10am – 2pm

Joel Sherry

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Join local dance performance group, teatolocal, in a morning of dance, movement fun and exploration. Led by teatolocal teaching artist Joel Sherry, Dance Maker Workshops give students a chance to discover and build unique collaborative dance and movement pieces using improvisation games and experiments. No dance experience is necessary, only a willingness to explore, move and have fun! Celebrate the last days of Winter. Shed your puffy winter coats and come search out and explore stories of Winter using dance, movement, music, and found objects. Get out of the cold and get moving in the Music Hall Dance Studio.
Improv Weekend Workshop Adults

Saturday, March 9th, 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 those new to improv or for those who have some improv experience under their belt.
Improv Weekend Workshop Grades: 4-7

Saturday, March 16th, 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.
Yoga for Actors Grades 7-12

Saturday, March 23rd, 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.
Dance Maker Workshops: Spring Fling Grades 8-12

Saturday, March 30th, 10am – 2pm

Joel Sherry

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 20 students
Join local dance performance group, teatolocal, in a morning of dance, movement fun and exploration. Led by teatolocal teaching artist Joel Sherry, Dance Maker Workshops give students a chance to discover and build unique collaborative dance and movement pieces using improvisation games and experiments. No dance experience is necessary, only a willingness to explore, move and have fun! Celebrate and welcome the beginning of Spring. Dance off the Winter cold and jump into Spring in this one day only creative movement workshop. Join the teatolocal team as we break out of the studio and explore site specific, and multimedia performance making in and around the Music Hall spaces. Spring is in the air. Be a part of this fun day of exploration and discovery.
Improv Weekend Workshop Grades: 6-12

Saturday, April 13th, 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.
Voices on Broadway for Adults Adults

Saturday, April 20th, 10am – 2pm

Katja Otero

$85 Register Now!
Limit: 25 students
Voices On Broadway blends choral singing of Broadway hits Glee-style! Learn harmony, voice technique through Broadway tunes in this weekend workshop!
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.

 

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