Like so many other arts institutions, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to put our summer in-person theater programs on hold until further notice. We will be back in the studios in the future, but, before that happens, it’s really important that we take thoughtful, judicious action in crafting protocols that will keep performers safe. If you would like to read more about why we are making this decision, please see the bottom of this page.

In the meantime, our team has worked hard to develop an exciting virtual program, which we hope will ignite the creativity, joy, community and passion that are the benchmarks of the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre. In designing this initiative, we have taken the issue of screen-time into account, so that each offering allows a healthy balance of on and off-screen activity. Of course, online classes cannot replace the powerful experience of being onstage together. That being said, we feel strongly that our summer programs will provide your children with stimulating, engaging, and fun learning opportunities that will keep their spirits up and minds and bodies working, and will give them tools that will serve them long after this difficult period ends. We hope you can join us! 

AGES 7 to 18
One Week Programs: Triple Threat Experience - Mon, Wed and Fri - 6 hr/week

6 Sessions:  $500        3 Sessions:  $260        1 Session: $90

Bring the magic of Broadway home! Dive into your favorite Broadway musicals – singing, dancing and diving into the scripts of your favorite hits of the Great White Way. Join us every week for a new show. We will utilize Zoom’s “breakout room” option for acting work, separating students up into small groups.

Ages 7 - 13: AM Sessions  -  Ages 11 - 18: PM Sessions

June 22 – June 26, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: Annie
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Waitress
12:30pm – 2:30pm
June 29 – July 3, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: Matilda
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Hamilton
12:30pm – 2:30pm
July 6 – July 10, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: Disney Week
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Dear Evan Hansen
12:30pm – 2:30pm
July 13 – July 17, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: Shrek
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Be More Chill 
12:30pm – 2:30pm
July 20 – July 24, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: The Spongebob Musical
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Mean Girls
12:30pm – 2:30pm
July 27 – July 31, Mon/Wed/Fri
Triple Threat: Mary Poppins
10:00am – 12:00pm
Triple Threat: Rent
12:30pm – 2:30pm
AGES 11 to 18
Four Week Afternoon Programs

Summer Session #1

Character Impressionist Class Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:30pm June 23 – July 14

You’ve heard those amazing impressionists who can make their voice sound like celebrity actors, cartoon characters, Broadway divas, and everyone in between. How do they do it? Learn to create an entire cast of characters with just your voice alone with the amazingly talented Forbidden Broadway star, Michael West. In this class, we’ll explore the world of voice acting, from animated movies to video games to theatrical characters. At the end, every student will create a short voiceover reel to share with their family and friends. 


Summer Session #2

Playwriting Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:30pm - July 21 – August 11

Write your own short play in just four weeks! Learn the basics of story structure and the nuances that distinguish a story from a play. Experiment with different approaches to playwriting and enjoy opportunities to discuss and hear your work read aloud by your teacher and peers.


Songwriting Thursdays 11:00am – 1:00pm – July 9 – July 30

Take those words that have been in your head and turn them into song. Learn song structure and elements of composition, explore different writing prompts to create lyrics, and collaborate with a professional composer to record an original song.




There is a possibility that Rockland County will reach Phase 4 of its reopening during the 3rd week of July and art and education businesses might be able to resume a controlled in-person business with social distancing, masks, limits on group size and other limitations. However, none of this is concrete. We don’t want to promise your children that rehearsals will resume in our studios and then have to cancel again. Or, offer them the promise of the return to the studios only to find that the limitations far outweigh the positives. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that vocal singing and acting in small spaces is some of the most high risk activity during the pandemic. This is why Broadway and every other professional theaters in the region are closed and have not even begun to reschedule rehearsals yet. Even if we are given the go ahead to open later this summer, social distancing and wearing masks during rehearsals is not realistic when rehearsing or performing a theatrical piece. And, we must also face the horrible possibility of having to be forced to cancel our programs while in progress if any student or staff member is exposed to someone who is sick with Covid-10.

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