Summer Camp Programs

RIYT Summer Camp Program

The recently-announced, relaxed Covid-19 guidelines for summer 2021 have enabled RIYT  to resume limited in-person programs in July and August.

CLICK HERE to register for 2021 summer programs

At Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI

August 2-13, Ages 12-17: Teen Program: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
One Performance: Friday, August 13 at 7 pm
Tickets: $12 (A small service charge is included to cover processing fees)
Purchase tickets online or at the door: (Masks are required for all audience members.)

Location TBD

August 18-20: Treasure Island: A playwriting workshop for ages 12-18. Three full days, 9 am to 3 pm.

At the Warwick Public Library (Central Location on Sandy Lane)

August 18-20 (This program is FULL):
  • Fractured Fairy Tales for ages 7-11. Three full days, 9 am to 3 pm.  Early drop-off is at 8:30 am.



July 8-29, Ages 10-17: Thursday evening vocal performance workshops with Helena Widmann.

In collaboration with the North Kingstown Recreation Dept

Aug 23-28 ages 7-14: Pinocchio. NK residents: visit the NK Rec Dept webpage for registration information. CLICK HERE for ages 7-11, or CLICK HERE for ages 12-14.





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Rhode Island Youth Theatre Virtual Choir Debuts the Result of The Ghost Light Project.

RIYT Virtual Choir is proud to introduce an original song composed and arranged especially for our company by instructors Helena Widmann and Nikita Zabinski with RIYT teens Molly Wren, Thomas Fitzgerald, and Sadie Swanson. The original composition includes four-part backup harmony as well as solo performances.  This initial songwriting portion of the project was supported in part by a grant made available to RIYT through the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA).


ghost light is an electric light on a stand that is left turned on the stage of a theater to cast light when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. With theatres now closed, we chose this symbol to be the inspiration for our song.

Instructors (See bios below.)

Helena Widmann, (B.A. RIC; studied vocal performance at Berklee School of Music) and

Nikita Zabinski (B.M The Boston Conservatory, M.A. Berklee School of Music)

Instructor Bios

Nikita Zabinski is a classical pianist, composer and sound engineer. He earned his B.M. in Piano Performance from The Boston Conservatory and M.A. in Global Entertainment and Music Business from Berklee College of Music. A seasoned and dynamic music industry professional, Nikita is highly regarded for his superior technical expertise, passion for developing artists, and using his vast musicological knowledge to create effective mechanisms for instruction and promotion. In 2017 Nikita worked as Content Creator and Producer for Disrupcion Records, where he managed A&R, marketing, and social media content for the record company. As a sound engineer, Nikita has produced and composed music both independently and in collaboration with clients throughout Providence, Boston, NYC, LA and Valencia, ES. Currently, Nikita holds a position at The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School where he is a piano and music theory faculty member.

Helena Widmann is a Rhode Island-based contemporary singer-songwriter and vocal teacher with 20 years of performance experience. Her career started at the age of 5, when she began acting and singing in musical theatre productions with Rhode Island Youth Theatre. Throughout her high school and college career Helena studied classical voice. She was a member of the jazz select choir for her high school and was the lead singer for jazz combo groups at Rhode Island College (RIC). She also sang in concert, chamber, and select choir, frequently auditioning and being chosen for solo performances.  Her interest in jazz and contemporary music influenced her decision to audition for and later study voice at Berklee College of Music.

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