“I can’t think of a better place to grow up as a theatre brat"       — Joe Levy

We do more than simply bring talented performers to the Depot, we grow them here, too. Our youth programs, offered year-round, give young kids and teens from the area a chance to let loose their creativity on stage, back stage, among the costume racks and in the lighting rig.


First-ever Playwrights Festival for Depot Youth. July 19 & 20. Plays as original as the kids writing them. Click here for tickets.

roald dahl’s matilda the musical

July 25 & 26 at 7 p.m.; July 27 at 4:30 p.m.; July 28 at 3 p.m.

Presented by the Philipstown Depot Theatre Teen Players. Directed by Katie Bissinger. Musical direction by Paul Heckert. Click here for tickets.



Aug. 1-4

The Philipstown Depot Theatre Youth Players present Matilda, their take on the Roald Dahl classic. Directed by Christine Bokhour; musical direction by Paul Heckert. Click here for tickets.

Announcing Spring and Summer 2019 youth programs at the Depot:

Grades 8 and up
: The Art Thieves Conservatory steals Nunsense
Art Thieves Conservatory is a hands-on, fully immersive theatrical experience for the brilliant and sneaky. Includes improv, singing, dancing, monologues, and writing. Performance: June 9th. Instuctor: Bill Coelius
. Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. 
April 9-June 9. Register now 845-424-4618

Grades 8 and up: Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical Directed by Katie Bissinger, with Paul Heckert, Linda Speziale and Kalista Parrish. Plus Playwriting with Nicole Chiverton. Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m. starting June 24. Performances: July 25-28. Play reading: July 28 at noon

Grades 4-7: Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical Directed by Christine Bokhour with Paul Heckert, and Kalista Parrish. Rehearsals: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. starting July 1-Aug 4. Performances: August 1-4

Grades 4-7
: Summer Playwrights Festival July 1-20, Monday-Fridays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Cold Spring and Depot Theatre. Instructor Nicole Chiverton and guest artists. Kids write, cast, direct and act in their own mini plays. Performances July 19 and 20.

Grades 1-3
: Stories for the Stage
 Instructors: Kalista Parrish and Laura Danilov. Week One: August 5-9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Week Two: August 12-16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring classes can register now. Summer registration starts March 11 at 8:30am 845-424-4618

For more information about these and other Philipstown Rec. Dept. activities, click here.

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Our youngest students, kids in first through third grades, are introduced to theater through a series of fun, interactive classes: Stories for the Stage; Making a Play; and Twisted Tales. Older participants, in fourth through seventh grades, perform scripted plays in the spring and fall. In our Teen Mentor program, teens meet with theatre professionals over the course of a year, study the many facets of staging a play, including directing, set design, costumes, choreography, stage-managing, marketing and development, and put what they learn into practice.

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Each summer we stage a pair of ambitious musicals: one stars middle schoolers and is produced entirely by the members of our teen mentor program; the other stars teens under the guidance of experienced directors, choreographers and set designers.

The kids and teens who participate in the Depot’s youth programs get hands-on experience in a working theater. They feel the incandescent thrill of putting on a show. And they learn a lot, too. In addition to the singing and dancing, kids develop their speaking and listening skills. They learn the value of preparation and how to handle the unexpected. They learn how to stand in the spotlight and work together as part of a team toward a common goal. And they have plenty of fun.

To learn more, write membership@philipstowndepotheatre.org or call (845)424-3900.

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