29 Years of Award-Winning Educational Theatre Programs

alt2Rhode Island Youth Theatre has grown into the largest youth theatre program in RI, producing a summer musical series, after-school programs, original plays for educational venues, and an apprenticeship program for students interested in theatre-based careers. Over the past 29 years, we have produced more than 200 shows, featuring more than 12,000 students. For more information about RIYT, click here.

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RIYT Receives Moss-Hart Award for The Outcast of Sherwood Forest!

Group shot250wRhode Island Youth Theatre’s production of its original musical, “The Outcast of Sherwood Forest”, was selected as the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) Moss Hart Memorial awardee for 2014-2015.  The presentation of the award took place at the annual awards banquet during the NETC Convention in Westford, MA.

This new musical started as a concept by student Mitchell Cardone,a participant in the Young PlayRIYTs program,and has been further developed over the past two years by RIYT students, alumni, and staff.

The Outcast of Sherwood Forest:

  • Book and Concept by Mitchell Cardone.
  • Music and Lyrics by Catie Flynn, Lauryn DeCrescenzo, Brooke Fennell, Nancy Hillner, Patrick McCrossan, Ethan Miller,  Christine O’Grady, Jeffrey Roberts, Brian Roque, Harry Valentine

The annual Moss Hart Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of Moss Hart, dramatist and director, for his wit and sensitivity, for his unconquerable enthusiasm for life and for his work in the theatre; and to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of playscripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit, and which in their productions, exemplify fresh, imaginative, creative treatment within the intent of the playwright. The New England Theatre Conference, in making the annual Moss Hart Memorial Award, seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre.

For more information about the August 2015 premier of The Outcast of Sherwood Forest, see the front page article that appeared in the Providence Journal on August 16, 2015.

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RIYT Rents its Beautiful Costumes, Props, and Sets to Local Groups

Is your theater group planning a musical production this year?  RIYT may have the costumes, props, and sets that you are looking for — all at an affordable price.  For more information, visit our gallery, or contact Ann O’Grady at (401) 447.0458 or ann@riyt.org.


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Thank You to Our Generous 2016 Sponsors!

Thanks to our generous summer 2016 sponsors for their help in funding our scholarships and community outreach programs! To learn more about our sponsors, click the logos in the left-hand panel. For information about future sponsorship opportunities, send email  to annjogrady@aol.com, call (401) 447.0458, or click here.

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Pinocchio — For Cast Sizes Ranging from 12 to 60

TPinocchio Logo RIYThis RIYT original musical adaptation has been licensed and performed by many school and youth groups over the past 14 years. We recently submitted it to PBS for broadcast. It was written with elementary school students in mind, but older students or adults can also perform the show for children. The package includes the script, a production CD, the musical score, a production book with suggestions for staging, and a set of activities keyed to the National Education Standards. Show runs 1 hour.  Email ann@RIYT.org or click here for more information

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Your Donation Matters! Help Continue Award-Winning Educational Programs

Our 2015 Young PlayRIYTs program, The Outcast of Sherwood Forest, won the prestigious Moss Hart Award in 2015, but we need your help to continue providing high-quality educational programs. Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to continue our tradition of offering free blocks of tickets, partial scholarships, full scholarships to students and families in need, and teen participation in the writing, workshop, and production process. Use the button on the right or click hereRIYT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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RIYT Musicals: Teamwork, Friendships, Memories that Last a Lifetime.

How to SucceedFor the past 29 years, RIYT has provided thousands of children and teens with opportunities to perform and participate in our fully-staged and costumed musical series–during the summer and throughout the year. All roles are cast at the beginning of each session, so each student has a chance of landing a role that is a perfect fit.

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