by Rick Pezzullo –
The Tarrytown Music Hall is teaming up with theater educator Peter Royston to offer summer workshops to aspiring youth.
The Music Hall Academy, utilizing traditional concepts of creative mentorship, will help youngsters develop vital life skills through the performing arts and an arts education in an historic theater with a curriculum that will include set design, costume, lighting, directing, playwriting, technical aspects, acting, singing and dancing.
Music Hall Executive Director Bjorn Olsson said the Music Hall Academy is part of a vision to transform the facility from a theater and music venue to a “full service performing arts center.”
“As long as I have been working here at the Music Hall, I have longed to start an educational program,” Olsson said. “The Academy fits perfectly into this vision. It will begin as a theater program, (and) the plan is to expand from other to other performing arts disciplines. It will be so much fun!”
Royston concurred, noting the workshops will be created for students in grades two through 12.
“We have a very exciting summer planned, with our theater educators setting up sessions on mythology and fairy tales, stage combat, dance, improvisation, tech and backstage work, costume and set design, musical theatre and Shakespeare!” Royston stated. “The Tarrytown Music Hall is a beautiful and mysterious building but it’s also a real working theater, and kids in the Music Hall Academy will not only be able to rehearse and perform on its stage, but have a chance to watch theater professionals at work every day. Not a bad way to spend your summer!”
Royston said plans are underway for the Music Hall Academy to become an ongoing program with after-school sessions starting in the fall.
For further information on the Music Hall Academy, visit www.tarrytownmusichall.org.