Welcome to Theatre Arts Studio

Performing Arts training for students ages 5 and up. 

*Our mission is that all participants may grow in their love and appreciation for the arts.*

Theatre Arts Studio's production camps and workshops provide a fun, nurturing environment where students of all musical theatre levels can hone their skills in music, dance and acting. Production camps offer an opportunity to learn, among many things, the show's time period, how to best utilize the rehearsal process, and the art of performing.  Workshops offer students the chance to explore the characters, music and dance from selected scenes and songs.






Preparing for Auditions

Upcoming Audition  

Workshop Schedule Coming Soon!

@ Pequenakonck Elementary School,

173 June Road, North Salem, 10560

 You can also audition by appointment   Email: theatreartsstudio@gmail.com   Call: 914 584 8201

All registration forms and payments must be complete prior to students participating in casting day. 

Parents and Actors: Please be familiar with the show, prior to audition/casting day.

1. All performers should be familiar with THESE SONGS for the upcoming Casting Days. Please use the link for lyrics and clips of the songs.

2. Please note that there will likely be multiple students interested in each of the roles. We encourage you to work with your child to learn and prepare songs and be familiar with the show so that they will be confident and have fun with the process.

3. If you have a particular interest in one or two roles, please practice one of the songs that your character sings in the show.

4. You will be asked to read lines, or a scene from the show. 

5. Please dress appropriately to dance and move freely. Flip-flops and sandals are not permitted.  Dance shoes or sneakers please. 

6. Please wear your hair back off your face.

7. If you have a picture and resume, please bring it with you. If not, a picture with your name on it is perfect.

8. Miss Alison, our costume designer, will be measuring for costumes at the casting day.

Our casting process is relaxed, fun and an opportunity to learn more about the show. We offer a mix of acting, singing and dancing during the casting days and everyone who registers will be cast in the show.


Upcoming workshops soon to be posted!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Does the child need experience to participate?
A.   Absolutely not. The programs are designed for students at all levels - from beginners to the budding professional.

Q.  What is the purpose of the Auditions?
A.  The Auditions take place some time before the camp or workshop starts. It  is our opportunity to meet the students and have the chance to see them sing, dance and act, which then allows us to assign each child the role that is best suited for them. This is also called casting day.

Q.  What is a deciding factor in which roles they get to play?
A.   Our deciding factor and goal for casting is to challenge the child yet not overwhelm them.

Q.  How does the cast learn the show in such a short period?
A.  Once role casting is accomplished, we distribute the scripts and music to the children so they have time to  memorize their lines and songs and be familiar with the show before camps/workshops start.

Q.  What do they need to wear to camp?
A.  Comfortable clothing that they can easily move in. Dance shoes are preferred for safety reasons, but not mandatory. Flip-flops and sandals are not permitted. Hair should be pulled back out of the student's face.

Q. What is a typical day at a camp/workshop like? 
A. We begin with vocal, acting and dance warm ups. We then divide into smaller groups to learn choreography, music, scene work, and have costume fittings.  Then the groups rotate. Late in the morning we have snack and recess time outside. Towards the end of the day we re-group and review what we have learned that day. Our days also include theatre games, improvisational exercises, and tons of fun!

Meet the Theatre Arts Studio team

The staff at Theatre Arts Studio are professional musical theatre performers and educators. Our goal is to encourage and support each young performer to shine to best of their ability.


Barbara Rue - Founder and Choreographer

Barbara began dancing at the age of 3. Her professional career began at 17. Her credits include national tours, commercials, modeling, television, the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and, on Broadway, in the original productions of Sugar Babies and 42nd St. In recent years she has devoted herself to choreography and educating children and young adults in Musical Theater.  Barbara is now choreographing  Lin Manuel's In The Herights with The Actor's Studio of Westchester. Barbara is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AGVA and Actors' Equity Association.


Alison Hublard Hershman - Founder and Costume Designer
Alison has over 30 years experience designing, draping and creating costumes for Dance, Theatre, Opera and Film.  Her work has been seen throughout the Tristate area from Community Theatre to the Broadway Stage.   In addition to her design work, she is a Faculty member at Purchase College in the Theatre Arts – Design/Technology Department, teaching and collaborating with students and professionals on seven productions a year.


Lindsay Higgins - Director

Lindsay has her B.A. in Theatre from New School University in NYC and completed 2 years in Theatre/Film Acting Studies at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She has more than 10 years experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and acting classes throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Recent youth productions include: Aladdin, Jr., The Drowsy Chaperone, Suessical, Les Miserables, Godspell, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  She currently serves as House Manager for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY.


Shannon Gaffney - Musical Director

Shannon Gaffney will graduate in 2018 from the Manhattanville College honors program with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English/Creative Writing. She has performed with Musicals at Richter, Brewster Theatre Company, and Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, just to name a few. She music directed Seussical JR with Theatre Arts Studio, and in past years, she has served as a music instructor and counselor for the St. Lawrence O’Toole Theatre Camp. 


John Rue - Artistic Consultant

John trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and for the past 35 years has appeared in commercials, film and TV. His film credits include The Departed, Imaginary People, Labor Day, and You Don’t Know Jack. On television he played Moe Stubbs on One Life to Live and has had featured roles in Law and Order, Damages, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black and Elementary. He also had a featured role as  the Director of the CIA in House of Cards, and also plays Lynn Goodnough in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. He is also known as the ESPN Santa.  John is also  the international voice for Mercedes Benz. He just finished a film playing the role of Gene Patterson, the editing manager of the Washington post, in Steven Spielberg's new film, The Papers, staring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Most recently will make a guest appearance in the opening episode of "Bull" this coming fall's TV season.




Past performances include A Little Bit of Broadway, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Aladdin Jr., ANNIE Kids, and Suessical Jr.


We'd love to hear from you!

Email: theatreartsstudio@gmail.com

Phone: 914-584-8201

Mail: PO Box 893 Croton Falls, NY, 10519