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.

Up Next: The Little Mermaid Jr. Production Camp

July 24-August 12      9am-2pm

The location of the camp for the first two weeks, (July 24th-August 4th)  will be at North Salem High School 230 June Rd., North Salem. The final week, (August 7th-12th) the location will be at The School House Theater, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls.

These locations are 5 minutes from each other.

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"The Little Mermaid Jr." Casting Information

The Story

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. 

Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway productionDisney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She’s in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." 

Character Breakdown

Ariel:  Ariel the heroine of our story, who is a little mermaid who longs to be human. This role requires a strong singe rand a strong actress. Gender: Female/Vocal range top: Eb5/Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Prince Eric:  Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel's heart. Requires a charming performer with a sensitive nature, a strong actor. Gender: Male/Vocal range top: D5/Vocal range bottom: B3

Sebastian:  Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel s:afe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! Requires a strong singer who can also handle Sebastian's emotional range. Sebastian can be played by a boy or girl. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: D5/Vocal range bottom: A3

Flounder:  Flounder is Ariel's sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in "She's in Love." Flounder can be cast with a girl or a boy with an unchanged voice. This may be a wonderful role for a younger performer who is ready to take the next step into the spotlight. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: Db5/Vocal range bottom: G3

King Triton:  King Trition rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent. Requires an actor who is a mature performer who feels comfortable playing father to Ariel and the Mersisters. Gender: Male

Mersisters:  (Aqata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, & Allana). The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel's siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters. Gender: Female/Vocal range top: G5/Vocal range bottom: G3

Ursula: Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. This role requires a mature performer who can bring out this villain's humor while finding texture in Ursula's complexity. Ursula's songs can be challenging, so this role needs a strong singer who will feel comfortable with Ursula's solos.  Gender: Female/Vocal range top: C#5/Vocal range bottom: F3

Tentacles:  The Tentacles are extensions of Ursula, perhaps the poor unfortunate souls who are now trapped in her lair. Requires performers who work well together and can move as a unit. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: C#5/Vocal range bottom: C4

Flotsam:  Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula's slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: C#5/Vocal range bottom: C4

Jetsam: Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula's slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls.  Gender: Both/Vocal range top: C#5/Vocal range bottom: C4

Scuttle: Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel's expert on humans. He is funny and off-beat. While a good singer will rock "Human Stuff," this song can easily be spoken in rhythm. Requires a performer with good comedic timing who is willing to have fun with Scuttle's eccentricities. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: E5/Vocal range bottom: B3

Gulls:  The Gulls are Scuttle's flock of zany "back-up singers" who help explain human stuff to Ariel. Gender: Both/Vocal range top: G5/Vocal range bottom: B3

Grimsby:  Grimsby is Prince Eric's prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. Requires a strong actor. Gender: Male/Vocal range top: C5/Vocal range bottom: E4

Chef Louis:  Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer.Gender: Male/Vocal range top: C5/Vocal range bottom: A3

Chefs:  The Chefs are Chef Louis's assistants. The music in "Les Poissons" can be challenging, so good choral singers are a plus for this group. Chefs can also double as members of the Sea Chorus. Gender: Both

Carlotta:  Carlotta is the headmistress in Prince Eric's palace and Ariel's greatest human ally. This non-singing role needs to be warm and maternal to make Ariel feel welcome. Gender: Female

Princesses:  The six Princesses try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric. Since none of them possesses the voice Prince Eric is searching for, cast actresses who can create an exaggerated and comedic personality through song. The six Princesses can double as the six Mersisters. Gender: Female/Vocal range top: G5/Vocal range bottom: E4

Pilot:  The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric's ship. This nautical expert who entertains the sailors with wild tales of the sea presents an opportunity to highlight a developing performer. The Pilot has dialogue, but his singing voice is most important. Gender: Male/Vocal range top: C5/Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Sailors:  The Sailors are the crew of Prince Eric's ship. They are eager for adventure and ready to tackle a storm. The Sailors can be played by boys or girls and can double as Sea Chorus. Gender: Both

Seahorse:  The Seahorse is the court herald for King Triton. This non-singing part is a good role for a young performer with a clear speaking voice. Gender: Both

Sea Chorus:  The Sea Chorus is responsible for creating each world within the show. It requires performers who can move gracefully and are capable of being part of the show's under sea world. This can also be an opportunity to showcase skilled dancers. The Sea Chorus can double as Merfolk, Sea Creatures and Lagoon Animals. Gender: Both

Sea Creatures:  The Sea Creatures are the ensemble under water animals in King Triton's court. There are several moments to showcase both dancers and singers in "Under the Sea." Gender: Both

Merfolk: The Merfolk of King Triton's Court and can double as Sea Creatures.Gender: Both

Lagoon Animals:  The Lagoon Animals try to convince Prince Eric to kiss Ariel. This ensemble can double as the Sea Creatures. Gender: Both

Some actors may have the opportunity to play several roles! What fun!






Preparing for Auditions

Upcoming Audition  

Monday, June 5th   4-6pm

@ 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.

Come be a part of our world!

Theatre Arts Studios 2017

Three Week Summer Musical Theatre Camp 


July 24th -August 12th


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. Most recently John was cast in Steven Spielberg's new film, The Post, staring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. 




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

Join us for our next production camp, The Little Mermaid Jr. which is casting now.

We'd love to hear from you!

Email: theatreartsstudio@gmail.com

Phone: 914-584-8201

Mail: PO Box 893 Croton Falls, NY, 10519