TARRYTOWN -- The Tarrytown YMCA officially opened registration for classes at its new Y Theater Arts Studio at Tappan Hill.
The new program is a culmination of five years of planning between Barbara Turk, vice president of Marketing and Community Development at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown, and Director Peter Royston.
“Our goal is to offer classes and workshops initially, and then to build within the year to producing full-scale community productions,” says Turk. “We consistently have adults clamoring for opportunities to participate in readings and plays and I really believe it is time for a Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow-based community theater program to be born.”
The vision of the Y Theater Arts Studio centers on different classes working together, so that art students are creating sets for improv and acting classes, acting students are performing plays written in the play-writing class, and so forth. “That’s what theater is,” says Turk. “It’s people coming together and collaborating on multiple levels.”
Another important factor in the studio according to Turk is that every class will culminate in a public performance. “Without that element, the kids and the adults lose out,” she says. “It’s critical that we have a performance.”
Classes are being offered for a wide range or ages, from a “Storytelling through LEGO” class for grades K-2 to “The Comedies of Manners” for adults, and every age in between. There are acting workshops, play-writing workshops, a short-films seminar, a number of improvisation classes, and a class focused on auditioning. Future classes may include dance for theater, music, scenic art, costuming, and other aspects of the performing arts experience.
The full list of class descriptions, along with schedules and costs can be found through the Y Theater Arts Studio link at http://www.ymcatarrytown.org under the Performing Arts header or in person at the YMCA in Tarrytown, which is just off Main Street on Windle Park Avenue. Registration opened on Jan. 4.