“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.

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.

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.

For the Philipstown Rec. Dept. Summer 2017 activities brochure, click here and scroll to page 11.