Bravo! To the wonderful cast of Seussical Jr. who delivered three energy packed performances this past weekend at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls. Well done!
Theatre Arts Studio will soon post their upcoming musical theatre programs.
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 rehearse and perform a full 45min - 1 hour long musical theatre show, while workshops offer students the chance to explore the characters, music and dance from selected scenes and songs.
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 are the Role Placement/Casting Days?
A. The Role Placement/Casting Days take place before camps/workshops start. It is when the children are given the chance to sing, dance and read lines. We can then assign each child the role best suited for them.
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 placement/casting is done, we distribute the scripts and music to the children so they have time to get familiar with the material 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. 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.
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 Director of Theater Operations at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, NY.
Susan King - Musical Director
Susan's lifelong love of theatre and music has made her a vertern perfomer. She has played a wide range of characters over the years from The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz to Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. She has performed in theatre and concerts throughout NYC, Weschester, Connecticut and Rockland Counties. She has appeared at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Danbury First Night and most recently at the Schoolhouse Theatre in their production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds. Susan has recorded a CD for children, "Mara and Sue's Family Vacation" which was featured on WHUD radio. She has attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC and has an M.A. degree in Music and Education from New York University.
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 and Orange is the New Black. He currently is in his 2nd season as the Director of the CIA in House of Cards, and plays Lynn Goodnough in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
We'd love to hear from you!
Mail: PO Box 893 Croton Falls, NY, 10519
In person: Dates available for in-person registration will be available periodically. Hours will be listed on the Upcoming Camps/Workshops page with more information.