Seven Programs for Spring & Summer 2022

Programs for Spring/Summer 2022

The first four programs are hosted by our program partners, North Kingstown Recreation Dept, the Quest Montessori School,  and Rocky Hill Country Day School Summer Camp, and directed/produced by RIYT staff members.  The last three (Matilda, The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition, and The Music Man will be fully hosted, directed, and produced by RIYT.

Four Partnership Programs

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. for Ages 7-15

Produced by RI Youth Theatre in partnership with the North Kingstown Recreation Department

CLICK HERE to Register. Registration is now open to North Kingstown residents. Registration opens on April 24th for nonresidents. CLICK HERE for more information

Casting for the program will take place on the evening of Sunday, May 22 at Cold Spring Community Center, 36 Beach St. at the NK Town Beach.

May thru June:  Small group rehearsals by scenes.  See attachment for dates.

Directed by Chelsea Cook and Connor Buonoccorsi

Shows:  7 pm June 25th and 2 pm June 26th at North Kingstown High School

Treasure Island for Ages 12-18 (RIYT Teen Ensemble)

A New Musical produced by RI Youth Theatre in partnership with Rocky Hill Country Day School,(RHCD), 530 Ives Rd., East Greenwich, RI

Limited enrollment.  Fee: $500  for the 2-week program.

CLICK HERE to register through Rocky Hill Country Day School Summer Camps.

Directed by: Rebecca Malachowski and Christopher Lysik (playwright)

Band director: James Himmelmann

July 25-29: 5-9 pm evening rehearsals;  Aug 1-5;  8:45 am-3:15 pm day rehearsals.  Shows on the RHCD grounds. at 11 am and 1 pm on Sat. Aug. 6 with a rain date of Sun. Aug. 7th

All registered students will be cast in scenes throughout the show.

This show will be cast by video audition. 

By July 16th, please email 60 seconds of the student singing a sea chanty a cappella, and a performance of the ATTACHED MONOLOGUE to and

Jayne Hawkins was content with her quiet life- until the mysterious new guest at her mother’s inn reveals a map toCaptain Flint’s fabled buried gold, and she’s whisked across the sea on a daring adventure! But, treachery may be closer than it seems as she and her cohort of sailors discover their ship has been infiltrated by a group of bloodthirsty pirates, led by the villainous Long Jon Silver…Full of suspense, sword fights, and plenty of shanties, Robert Louis Stevenson’s legendary adventure story will be reborn and reimagined in this world premiere m musical adaptation.

Movie Magic Camp, for Grades 2-7

Hosted by the Quest Montessori School and Facilitated by RI Youth Theatre Staff

Fee: $375

CLICK HERE to register for the Quest Montessori School Movie Magic program.

Location: Quest Montessori School1150 Boston Neck Road Narragansett, RI 02882

Camp Session: Monday-Friday, Aug 1-5, 8:30 am to 3 pm

Rock Show:  A New Musical  for Ages 7-14

Produced by RI Youth Theatre with the North Kingstown Recreation Department and  performed with a live band

Fee: $170 residents; $200 nonresidents

CLICK HERE to Register

Directed by: Chelsea Cook and Cooper Cardone

Written by: Mitchell Cardone and Cooper Cardone

CLICK HERE for more information


  • Entire Cast at NK Community Center;  Mon, Aug. 22 through Fri. Aug. 26,  9 am to 3 pm
  • Extended rehearsals TBA for some roles 3 to 5 pm on TU-TH
  • DRESS REHEARSAL:  Entire Cast:  Sat. August 27,  9:00 am- 12:30 pm

Performances at North Kingstown Band Stand at 2 PM and 4 PM on Saturday, August 27th.

Rain date:  Sunday, August 28th

Three “Main Stage” Programs

Sibling discounts and scholarships are available.  Sibling discount information can be found on the registration form. For scholarship information, email RIYT  Executive Director Ann O’Grady to learn more:

Matilda Jr.  for Ages 7-16

CLICK HERE to register for the Matilda Jr. program.

Location: The Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Rd.,  in South Kingstown

Registration fee:  $500

Rehearsals: Monday through Friday, July 11-15, and July 18-22. Program for all students 9 am to 3 pm    Early drop off: 8:30 am

SHOWS:  Friday, July 22 and Sat July  23 at 7 pm.


The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition for Ages 7-16

CLICK HERE to register for The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition program.

Rehearsal & Performance Location: The Historic Park Theatre and Event Center, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI

Registration fee: $500. Scholarships are available.

Regular Program/Rehearsals (All Students):

  • Monday through Friday, July 25 – 29 and Aug. 1- 5
  • 9 am to 3 pm, with  early drop off  at 8:30 am
  • At the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center
Directors:  Kelly Hooper and Grant Whitney
Music Director:  Cooper Cardone


SHOWS: Friday, Aug 5, and Saturday,  Aug. 6 at 7 pm.

Music Man Jr. for Ages 7-16

CLICK HERE to register for the Music Man Jr. program. 

Rehearsal & Performance Location: The Historic Park Theatre and Event Center, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI

Registration fee: $500

Regular Program/Rehearsals (All Students):

  • Monday through Friday, August 8-12 and August 15-19.
  • 9 am to 3 pm, with  early drop off  & staff report time at 8:30 am
  • At the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center
  • (Staff production meeting till 3:30 pm every day)

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PREVIEW: Fri. August 19 at 10 am.

SHOWS: Friday, August 19, and Saturday,  August 20 at 7 pm.

Crack the Code: Stay Tuned for More on This Project in 2022

This project has been made possible in part by a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through the Rhode Island Culture, Humanities, and Arts Recovery Grant (RI CHARG) program. * This program was made possible thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, via funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Rhode Island Youth Theatre Virtual Choir: The Ghost Light Project.

This year, RIYT Virtual Choir introduced 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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