New Crowdfunding Campaign for The Spirit of Rocky Point!

The Spirit of Rocky Point is a new musical developed by the Young PlayRIYTs program, a cosmic roller coaster ride through history. In order to help us stage our first performances, we just initiated a crowdfunding campaign, and we need your help to make it a success! Our goal is to raise at least $3,500 to help pay for this premiere production. Your tax-deductible donation will fund the venue rental and performance rights. For more information, and to donate, please visit the campaign site:–2#/


From its opening as a Sunday school picnic ground, to its golden age as one of the country’s most popular amusement park destinations, to its heartbreaking closing in 1996, Rocky Point Park has held a special place in RI’s history.  Now, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the amusement park’s closing, and in celebration of Rocky Point’s rebirth as a coastal state park, we are looking to celebrate the history, stories, and resilience of this gem by the sea by presenting a brand new musical revue.

RIYT Original Show: The Spirit of Rocky Point

We ask for your support to produce another original show this summer!  Mitchell Cardone, the 17 year-old writer of last year’s award-winning show, has teamed up with RIYT alumnus Christopher Lysik to create a brand-new, 90-minute musical revue about RI’s most famous landmark of yesteryear, Rocky Point Park!  The show, developed through our Young PlayRIYTs program, includes such diverse hits as “Wind of Change,” “Space Oddity,” “Buffalo Gals,” and “By the Beautiful Sea,” and celebrates an amusement park loved by generations of Rhode Islanders.


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There is Still Space in Our Summer Camp Programs!

Join RIYT for our 2016 summer camp program, with well-known musicals, like The Music Man, Oklahoma, and Les Miserables, and the next RIYT original musical, The Spirit of Rocky Point. For more information click the buttons to the left, or click the links below:

Click to access registration form for The Music Man

Click to access registration form for Oklahoma! G2K

[Les Miserables summer program is now FULL]

Click to access registration form for The Spirit of Rocky Point (RIYT Original Musical)


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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. This year’s project, The Spirit of Rocky Point, will celebrate the special place that Rocky Point Park has held in the hearts of RI. Your tax-deductible donation will help us to fund teen participation in the writing, workshop, and production process.  Use the button on the left or below. High school students may sign up now to be part of the Young PlayRIYTs development team by emailing

Donate today.  Your tax-deductible gift will help us fund the development of a new, original musical, The Spirit of Rocky Point!


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RIYT Announced as Recipient of the 2014-15 Moss-Hart Award for Production of The Outcast of Sherwood Forest!

Group shot250wRhode Island Youth Theatre’s production of its original musical, “The Outcast of Sherwood Forest”, has been selected as the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) Moss Hart Memorial awardee for 2014-2015.  The presentation of the Moss Hart Trophy will take place at the annual awards banquet during the NETC Convention, October 24 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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Rhode Island Youth Theatre Announces New Sponsor

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26 Years of Award-Winning Educational Theatre Programs

Rhode 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 26 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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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 or click here for more information

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Donate to Our Community Outreach & Scholarship Fund

Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to continue our tradition of offering free blocks of tickets, partial scholarships, and full scholarships to students and families in need. Use the button on the right or click hereRIYT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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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


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RIYT Summer Camps: Teamwork, Friendships, Memories that Last a Lifetime.

For the past 26 years, RIYT has provided thousands of children and teens with opportunities to perform and participate in our fully-staged and costumed summer musical series. 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. Click here for more information about this year’s programs.

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