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The Family YMCA at Tarrytown After School Enrichment program, in conjunction with The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and Washington Irving Intermediate School, is joining schools across America with a production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

from Broadway Junior, with performances on March 2nd (at 8:30 am) and the 3rd (at 9:30 am and 7 pm) at Washington Irving School located at 103 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.

Funding for YMCA After School Theater programming comes from Westchester Community Foundation, the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, and the YMCA. This musical production, with actors in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, will be directed by Peter Royston, assisted by Steve Tubin. YMCA School of Dance’s Audrey St. Vincent will choreograph the show, assisted by YMCA Childcare Director and former dancer, Nicole Bernardone, as well as 5th and 6th grade dance captains, all of whom will help the students bring to life these memorable ensemble pieces.

Based on a popular television show, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! is a hip and fun educational show that teaches students and audiences of all ages that learning can be fun. Tom, a schoolteacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV. Suddenly, the Schoolhouse Rock bunch appears in his building’s rec room and proceeds to show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. The beloved SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK songs include “A Noun Is a Person Place Or Thing,” “Three Is a Magic Number,” and “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior offers the vast majority of students their first experience with one of America’s truly unique art forms: Musical Theatre. Freddie Gershon, chairman of New York-based Music Theatre International (MTI), began developing the program in 1995 with the first production opening in 1998, motivated by his belief that musical theatre could be translated to life-enhancing experiences for children. Teachers, parents, school administrators and friends have witnessed students changed permanently and positively by learning life and behavioral skills – ranging from communication, collaboration and time management to creativity, imagination and confidence – from the experience of participating in a musical theatre production. Over 3,500 people are members of the Family YMCA at Tarrytown, which serves communities from Hastings-on-Hudson to Peekskill. Members vary from preschoolers to people in their late 80’s, including both families and individual members. The Family YMCA at Tarrytown is a local charity, and does not receive funding from the YMCA of the USA. Over 350 people a year benefit from our scholarships for YMCA membership and programs.

For information, or to make a donation, contact Barbara Turk at 631-4807 or visit the Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s website at www.ymcatarrytown.org.

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