Spring (FREE Online) & Summer Vacation Programs

Special April Online Programs — Join Us Today

We’ve canceled our April Vacation Week programs, but our RIYT alumni and staff have been busy creating some free and exciting online classes and activities for you. Stay tuned for additional online classes―Prop-Making with Jessica Still and more options―coming soon!

NEW Classes Added This Week!

Introduction to Technical Theatre: Workshop Series With Tyler M. Perry

Join RIYT alumni Tyler M. Perry, along with special guests, for an exploration of some of the many areas of technical theatre. During each class meeting, we will explore a different area of theatrical production, introducing the ways in which each component reacts to, informs, and enhances a theatrical event or story. No experience is necessary! This class series is geared toward beginners who are interested in exploring some of the many avenues within the theatre industry.

4/08 – 3:30-4:30 pm – Introduction to Lighting

4/15 – 3:30-4:30 pm – Introduction to Sound,  with guest Evan Perry

4/22 – 3:30-4:30 pm – Introduction to Stage Management with guest Kellie Taylor

Classes will be taught via Zoom. Sign up for one, two, or all three of these workshops, please fill out this google form :

Virtual Dance Classes: Workshop Series With Brooke Fennell

Beginner’s Tap Class

This three-session tap class is open to all ages. Tap is a popular dance form presented in musical theater and a fun way to learn about rhythm. Tap shoes are preferred but not required. Although Jazz shoes don’t make as much noise, they are a good substitute. Get moving and learn a new dance style.

Thursdays: April 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 3:30-4:30 pm, via Zoom.  

Intermediate Dance for Musical Theater

Learn all the tips and tricks to make the most of audition dances. This course is a great way to brush up on dance skills and learn three different routines. Ages 10 and up will learn choreography through Zoom classes.

Tuesdays: April 7th, 14th, and April 21st from 3:30-4:30 pm, via Zoom.

Please email brookefennell6@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Ongoing Programs 

Creatures and Heroes: Make your own Puppet, A Month-Long Program Hosted by Melissa Hayes

Learn to design, create, and give character to your very own sock puppet with local puppet master Melie Hayes in a 3-part series of ‘Do it Yourself’ tutorial videos on Facebook!  This class is perfect for creative students in grades 1 through 6 who are interested in the art of puppetry and storytelling. All puppets will be created from materials that you can easily find around the house, and each student will have an opportunity to share pictures of their designs, hero or creature sock puppet creations, and their sock puppets story with the rest of the group! CLICK HERE to join the Creatures and Heroes: Make your own Puppet Facebook group to join the fun, where 3 video tutorials will be posted for students to follow along with at their own pace on Saturday March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th!  

Free On-Line Young PlayRIYTs Program for RI Students–Through the End of the Spring Semester 

Write a scene, song, or draft of a play or musical on your own or with a group that you create and communicate via social media, group chats, or email.

When we can all get together again–once this time of staying home passes–RIYT will host a New Works Festival so individuals or playwriting groups can present a piece of their new works.

Ann will post lessons on playwriting and songwriting on this Facebook page that you might find helpful. Let’s see if we can turn lemons into lemonade together with our creativity and storytelling skills!

First step:  Send send email to RIYT Executive Director Ann O’Grady at ann@riyt.org to commit to the program.  

Next step:  Make a list of story ideas. Just brainstorm and write down as many ideas as you can. Then stop for a while, do something else, and come back to your list and write some more ideas. Just let the ideas flow without judging them. This is called STOP and GO brainstorming. Sometimes the best ideas are generated after taking a break or a shower, or waking up the next morning.

Ongoing: Ann O’Grady and RIYT staff members Jenna Trembley and Christopher Lysik will provide direct feedback to you on the work that you submit. They will also post new lessons frequently.  CLICK HERE to follow the action on our Facebook Page!

Summer Programs

To Register for Any of Our Summer 2020 Programs, CLICK HERE.

Fees for Summer Programs (except Winnie the Pooh, Jr): $ 500 1st Child | $ 250 2nd Child | $ 100 3rd Child

Early drop-off (8:30 am) and late pick-up (3:30 pm) are available, free of charge, for all summer programs.

July 6-18:  Disney’s Aladdin Jr. for ages 7-15 at the Prout School in Wakefield.

Rehearsals: 9 am to 3 pm Weekdays | Shows: July 17 & 18 at 7 pm | Tickets: $12 | Director: Chelsea Cook | Musical Director: Nancy Hillner

July 20-Aug 1: Treasure Island: A New Musical, ages 12-18 at Park Theatre in Cranston.

Rehearsals: 9 am to 3 pm  Weekdays | Shows: July 31 at 10 am  (preview) & 7 pm, August 1 at 7 pm | Tickets: $10 (preview show) & $15 |  Director: Jenna Tremblay | Musical Director: Chris Lysik

July 20-July 24: Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids for ages 7-11 at Park Theatre in Cranston.

Rehearsals: 9 am to 3 pm  Weekdays | Showcase for Family & Friends: July 24 at 2 pm (No late pickup 7/24)

$ 250 1st Child | $ 125 2nd Child | $ 75 3rd Child

This one-week program, created for elementary school children ages 7-11, is perfect for students who are new to theatre or want to participate in a program limited to elementary school-age children.  We are limiting enrollment to 30 children and will have a 1-to-5 student-to-staff ratio.  The program culminates in a sensory-friendly showcase for family and friends.

Aug 3-15: Lion King Jr., ages 7-18 at Park Theatre in Cranston.

Rehearsals: 9 am to 3 pm  Weekdays | Shows: August 14 at 10 am (preview) & 7 pm, August 15 at 7 pm | Tickets: $10 (preview show) & $15 | Director: Caroline Bateson | Musical Director: Nancy Hillner

To Register for Any of Our Summer 2020 Programs, CLICK HERE.

Rhode Island Youth Theatre Policies

  1. Students will not be allowed to attend a casting, rehearsal, or workshop session until they have filled out all forms and paid in full.
  2. All registered students will be cast in scenes throughout the show.
  3. Full refunds are provided until one day prior to the program start date. No refunds will be offered on or after the program start date.
  4. Requests for full or partial scholarships should be emailed to the Executive Director at least two weeks prior to the start of a program. (Please see scholarship details below.) When sibling discounts are available, the discount details will be listed in registration materials.
  5. All RIYT programs are nut-free zones. Due to food allergies, participants should not share food or bring in food for the cast or staff.
  6. Absolutely no photography or videography is allowed at our shows. When RIYT is able to purchase a video license, RIYT will provide a free recording to each student’s family.  In accordance with copyright laws, this recording is for personal use only and may not be posted on the Internet.

Additional Information About RIYT Scholarships:  Who Qualifies?

As a general guideline, participation in the free or reduced lunch program at a school qualifies participants for scholarship assistance. RIYT acquires all its money for scholarships through donations made to our annual fund and ads placed in our program booklets. RIYT welcomes the participation of all families attending our programs in acquiring donations and ads. RIYT is only able to provide scholarships up to the amount that we raise in scholarship donations. We will respond to all scholarship requests one week before a program starts. RIYT asks each family to request scholarships for no more than one program per season.

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Have a question about our mission and programs? Contact:
Ann O’Grady, Ph. D., Executive Director
Rhode Island Youth Theatre (formerly Fantasy Works)
www.RIYT.org  |  401-447-0458 | ann@RIYT.org
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