THE MUSIC HALL ACADEMY NEWS – 2023

A Year In Review (August 2022 – November 2023)

ONGOING VOICE LESSONS

Academy students are offered ongoing voice lessons with:
Ashley Brown who originated the role of Mary Poppins in Broadway’s production of Mary Poppins and who portrayed Belle in Broadway’s Beauty & The Beast.

ONGOING VOICE LESSONS

Academy students are offered ongoing voice lessons with:
Lauryn Ciardullo who played Jasmine in Broadway’s original production of Aladdin.

ONGOING MUSIC LESSONS

Academy students in grades 4-college are offered ongoing music lessons (cello, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, trumpet, percussion, ukulele, violin, etc) by teachers with degrees from such schools as Juilliard, The Manhattan School of Music and Eastman School of Music.

ONGOING THEATRE CLASSES

Academy students in grades 3-college are offered ongoing acting and playwriting classes.

ONGOING AERIAL SILKS CLASSES

Academy students in grades 2-college are offered ongoing aerial silks classes.

MUSIC HALL ACADEMY BENEFIT 2024

On January 28, 2024, Broadway performers Lauryn Ciardullo (Aladdin) & Analise Scarpati (Mrs Doubtfire) performed alongside eighty Academy students in grades 2-12 to benefit the Academy’s free residency, Pay-What-You-Can and scholarship programs.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 2023

On December 2, 2023, fifty Academy students in grades 2-12 performed for hundreds of people at The Tarrytown Tree Lighting Ceremony in Patriots Park.

PETER PAN JR FREE SCHOOL RESIDENCY

In November 2023, The Music Hall Academy presented a free school theater residency involving eighty Washington Irving School and Sleepy Hollow Middle School students (grades 3-8).

THE TARRYTOWN HALLOWEEN PARADE

Academy students, portraying haunted children, marched in the Tarrytown Halloween Parade on October 28, 2023 and won Best In Show!

THE HALLOWEEN PARADE – PRE-PARADE PERFORMANCE

Academy music, theater and aerial silk students performed in front of the Music Hall prior to the Halloween Parade.

Music:
Nicolas, 1st place winner at The Carnegie Hall Music Competition last spring and student of Academy guitar teacher Sean Satin, performed.
Bobby, Celeste, Dylan, Parth and Rachel, under the direction of Joyce Balint, played solos and duets.

Theater:
Theater students in grades 2-12, led by Kevin Kearins and Jordan Singer, sang and danced musical theater numbers.

Circus Arts:
Aerial silks students Audrey, Ella, Gianna and Maggie, students of Nicki Miller and Jesse Cody, defied gravity with skilled performances. A shout out to Hilary Sweeney of Westchester Circus Arts, Jesse R, crew, and The Tarrytown Police Department, and a huuuuge thank you to Stiloski’s Towing for providing a tow truck from which the students could hang!!!

HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL

Two casts of 9th-12th graders performed Heathers, The Musical on October 19 and 26, 2023.

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL

Two casts of 3rd-8th graders performed Matilda, the Musical on October 11 and 12, 2023.

MASTER CLASS WITH ASHLEY BROWN

Ashley Brown, who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, popped in at The Music Hall Academy’s Mary Poppins Theatre Camp on Tuesday, August 1, 2023! She coached singers including 10th grader Kerry Hunter who played Mary (left), critiqued dance numbers, held a Q&A and graciously signed autographs. Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring day, Ashley!



CIRCUS ARTS CAMP – week #2

Academy students in grades 1-8 participated in a week-long Circus Arts Camp in collaboration with Westchester Circus Arts in August, exploring aerial arts, juggling, acrobatics, prop manipulation, tightwire, rola bola, hula hoop and more. A demonstration for parents and friends was held on on August 25, 2023.



CIRCUS ARTS CAMP – week #1

Academy students in grades 1-8 participated in a week-long Circus Arts Camp in collaboration with Westchester Circus Arts in August, exploring aerial arts, juggling, acrobatics, prop manipulation, tightwire, rola bola, hula hoop and more. A demonstration for parents and friends was held on on August 18, 2023.



LITERARY ARTS CAMP

Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade brought books and stories to life through music, theater, movement and art in August 2023.



MYTH DETECTIVES CAMP

Myth Detectives Camp involved Academy students in grades 4-8 and the performance was held on August 11.

MARY POPPINS THEATRE CAMP

Academy students in grades 2-12 participated in a two-week theater camp which culminated in a performance on August 4.



BRING IT ON

In July, 2023, Academy students in grades 9 through college from all over Westchester performed in Bring It On with a live professional band.



& JULIET – BROADWAY EXPERIENCE

Broadway Trip #2: Kevin Kearins, the Academy Director, took Academy & KJK Productions students to see & Juliet on Broadway on July 18, 2023!

MASTER CLASS #4

In June 2023 and in collaboration with The Helen Hayes Youth Theatre and Two Worlds Entertainment, students were treated to a triple threat audition experience with Broadway performers Michelle Aravena (Beetlejuice, Jersey Boys, Rocky, A Bronx Tale, A Chorus Line) & Chris Rice-Thomson (The Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman, Hamilton US Tour)

THE METRO AWARDS

The 2023 Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards (The Metros), founded in 1999 by Danielle Ruddess and hosted by Broadway performers Kerry Butler and David Josefsberg, took place on Monday, June 12 to a packed Music Hall. The event involved 56 participating high schools and 223 nominations! 6/12/23 LOHUD article by Peter Kramer.



FARMERS MARKET PERFORMANCE

On June 10, 2023, Academy students and Metro Award nominees performed at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market.



HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2

On June 9 and 15, 2023, 3rd – 12th graders performed in productions of High School Musical 2.



MUSIC RECITALS

On June 3 and 4, 2023, Academy and Mozartina music students performed at the Music Hall (cello, guitar, mandolin, piano, violin, etc)

WICKED – BROADWAY EXPERIENCE

Kevin J Kearins (Music Hall Academy Director) and Jordan Singer (Director) took Academy students to see Wicked in NYC on May 7, 2023! For some, it was their first Broadway experience. We look forward to the next Broadway outing!

13, THE MUSICAL

In April 2023, three casts of teenagers performed 13, The Musical.



SPRING 2023 VACATION CAMP

In April 2023, Academy students had the opportunity to workshop and perform in a week-long vacation camp.



ANNIE JR SCHOOL RESIDENCY

In March 2023, The Academy held a free school residency for Washington Irving and Sleepy Hollow Middle schools.



SHAKESPEARE CLASSES

In March/April 2023, Academy students were offered Shakespeare Playwriting classes.



WINTER 2003 VACATION CAMP

In February 2023, Academy students had the opportunity to workshop and perform in a week-long vacation camp.



THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

On January 28, 2023, over 80 Academy students had the amazing opportunity to perform alongside Kennedy Caughell (Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Show, Paradise Square), Michele McConnell (the longest running Carlotta in the history of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera), & Duane McDevitt (Perfect Crime)! The performers also held a Q&A for students before the performance.



MASTER CLASS #3

In January 2023 and in collaboration with Helen Hayes Youth Theatre and Two World Entertainment, students were treated to a masterclass with Broadway performers Collins Conley (Mean Girls) & Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill).

THE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

In December 2022, The Academy performed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

THE TARRYTOWN HALLOWEEN PARADE

In October 2022, the Academy won “Best In Show” at The Tarrytown Halloween Parade.

MASTER CLASS #2

In October 2022 and in collaboration with Westchester Circus Arts, Academy aerial silks students had the special opportunity to learn from professional circus performers in the Legends circus tent!

THE WIZARD OF OZ SCHOOL RESIDENCY

In November 2022, The Academy offered a free school theater residency to Washington Irving School students.



THE ADDAMS FAMILY

In October 2022, Junior and Teen casts performed The Addams Family.

MYTHOLOGY PLAYWRITING CLASSES

In October/November 2022, Academy students participated in Mythology Playwriting classes.



MASTER CLASS #1

In September 2022 and in collaboration with The Helen Hayes Youth Theatre and Two Worlds Entertainment, students were treated to a masterclass with Broadway performers Kennedy Caughell (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Paradise Square) & Clay Rice-Thomson (Moulin Rouge, Newsies).

CIRCUS ARTS CAMP

In August 2022 and in collaboration with Westchester Circus Arts, students took part in a week-long circus arts camp.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC CAMP

In August 2022, Academy students participated in a two-week camp of The Sound of Music.


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The Academy’s programs and scholarships are generously supported, in part, by:
Anonymous Donor
ArtsWestchester & Westchester County government with  the support of County Executive George Latimer
Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Howard Ashman Trust for Theatre Arts Inc
The Kids’ Club of the Tarrytowns
The Miles Hodsdon Vernon Foundation Inc
The Tammy & Keith Anderson Foundation

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