Want your young performer and musician to connect with other artists, discover creative potential, and reach for the stars? Enthusiastic professional NYC performers and musicians are ready to guide your student into the spotlight.

Looking forward to the Fall? We are, too!

Fall Semester 2021 Registration is available now. Classes will be back in person at The-Church-In-The-Gardens with a Thursday online option, too. Check our Updates Page for safety protocols and updates on masks, etc.

We have Two Semesters to create a Full School Year Experience.

You don’t need to take both semesters to get a lot out of this experience, but we love to become a theater home for our students to come back year after year, first as students, then as assistants, and coming back to visit as guest artists when they are professional performers!


(exact dates at the bottom of the page)

Semester 1 October through January (13 Weeks) + a December Sharing Day & January 23rd Concert

Semester 2 January/February through May (13 Weeks) + Sunday Rehearsals March-May and May 21, 22 Show

Acting Improv, Songwriting, Band Class, and Online classes have a Performance both semesters with no Sunday rehearsals required.

20% discounts available for additional classes per week.  5% discount for siblings.

Class Descriptions

Acting Improv (grades 2-8). Get ready to move your body, express yourself, get silly and learn creative bravery through Yes And, Yes But, Gibberish, Rants, Ad Game, miming, teamwork, thinking on your feet, small groups, and so much more. Increase your confidence and connect to others with zanny ideas and courageous, supportive fun!
Wednesdays 4-4:55pm


Singing & Songwriting (grades 3-8). Come together for singing & songwriting… vocal technique, solfeggio, ear training, rhythm training, learn from musical theater and popular songs, compose your own to share with us and collaborate on a group-written song. Let your songwriting creativity flow, guided by professional composer, songwriter, band leader, performer and educator Betina Hershey. Culminating in a recording of our collaboration. Led by Betina Hershey.
Wednesdays 5-5:55pm  


Band Class: University of Rock, Raga to Bach (grades 4-8). Dive into being part of a band… exploring a wide variety of music of the Beatles to Bach, Queen,Indian Raga, Jimi Hendrix,  Bob Marley, plus world rhythms and composing your own original music. Learn ensemble playing, follow your musical interests, develop musicianship through technique, ear training, improvisation, rhythm, time feel, groove, collaboration and more. Explore with your bandmates. Led by professional multi-instrumentalist Nick Russo. Teacher permission required. Email Nick Russo now.
Thursdays 4-5pm (at our music studio location a 10 minute walk from The-Church-In-The-Gardens)


H.S. Audition Prep (grades 7th and 8th). Receive monologue and song choices, deepen your understanding and technique, understand the audition process, and fine tune your performance. Guided by professional performer and educator Betina Hershey., who attended La Guardia H.S. of the Performing Arts, and has helped students get into La Guardia H.S., Frank Sinatra, Talent Unlimited., PPAS, School of Film and TV, and more.
Thursdays 5:05-6pm  

Rising Stars & Garden Players – Making Musical Theater. Dive into the joy of musical theater, acting, singing, and movement. You won’t be sitting still. Theater games and performing tips from a seasoned pro! Giggling guaranteed. Culminating in a sharing with each performer performing a scene or monologue and being a part of at least one song first semester. Second semester is a fully staged musical performing with sets, costumes, lights, and a professional band on the Community House stage.
Rising Stars (5-9 years) Tuesdays 3:30-4:15pm
Rising Stars (5-9 years) Fridays 3:30-4:15pm 
GP1 (8-11 years) Tuesdays 4:20-5:20pm 
GP1 (8-11 years) Fridays 4:20-5:20pm 
GP2 (10-14 years) Tuesdays 5:25-6:25pm
GP2 (10-14 years) Fridays 5:25-6:25pm

& Sunday rehearsals from March-May between the hours of 1-5pm for the May show.

Garden Players 3 – Advanced Making Musical Theater.  Dive deeper into your performing skills with this longer, challenging class! Work on high school audition material, warm-ups, movement, acting improv, singing, monologues, scenes, and all of the intensity and fun that goes into developing musical theater performers. Culminating in a sharing with each student performing a scene or monologue and being a part of at least one song first semester.  Second semester is a fully staged musical performing with sets, costumes, lights, and a professional band on the Community House stage.
(11-14 years) Tuesdays 5:25-6:25pm
(11-14 years) Fridays 5:25-6:25pm

& Sunday rehearsals from March-May between the hours of 1-5pm for the May show.

Private Lessons. Light the flame of life-long learning: voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums, monologues, audition preparation, writing, songwriting, and more. Learn from enthusiastic NYC professionals, develop technique and follow your interests.
(5-100 years) Contact us to schedule now,

Make Your Own Class. Have a group of kids and want your own small class? Reach out to us and we’ll put something together for you Online or In Person.
Contact us to schedule now.

Class Dates

1st Semester Schedule

Tuesdays (13 classes + Sunday Concert): October 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class Nov 2), 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14 – Sharing Day.  January 4, 11, 18 + Sunday January 23rd Concert

Wednesdays (13 classes):  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, (no class Nov 24) Dec 1, 8, 15 – Sharing Day, (no class Dec 22, 29), Jan 5, 12, 19 + Sunday January 23rd Concert for the songwriting & band classes.

Thursdays (13 classes): Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, (no class Nov 11), 18, (no class Nov 25), Dec 2, 9, 16, (no class Dec 23, 30), Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 – Sharing Day

Fridays (13 classes): October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, (no class Nov 26), December 3, 10, 17 – Sharing Day & January 7, 14, 21 + Sunday January 23rd Concert

2nd Semester Schedule

Tuesdays (13 classes + Sunday rehearsals dates below* with rehearsal fee + Show weekend) Jan 25, Feb (no class Feb 1) 8, 15, (no class Feb 22) March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class April 19), May 3, 10, 17
May Show Weekend May 21st & 22nd

Wednesdays (13 classes): February 2, 9, 16, (no class Feb 23), March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, (no class April 20), April 27, May 4, May 11 – Sharing Day

Online Thursdays (13 classes): February 3, 10, 17, (no class Feb 24), March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, (no class April 21), 28, May 5, 12 – Sharing Day

Fridays (13 classes + Sunday rehearsal dates below* with rehearsal fee + Show weekend) Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, (no class Feb 25), March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (no class April 15 or 22) May 6, 13, (optional Tuesday May 17th), May 20 RS regular class / GP1,2,3 has Dress Rehearsal 5pm-9pm
May Show Weekend May 20th, 21st & 22nd

*Sunday Rehearsal Dates

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, (no rehearsal April 17), 24, May 1, May 8 (Happy Mother’s Day), May 15 – Dress Rehearsal,

Musical Theater GP1,2, 3 will be asked to attend most weeks.
Rising Stars will be asked to attend 3 of these weeks, performing in 1 show.

Sunday Hours
….Rising Stars 1-1:50pm
….Red Cast (Friday GP1, 2/3) 2-3:15pm
….Blue Cast (Tuesday GP1 2/3) 3:35-5pm

Tech Rehearsal
May 20 – Red Cast (Friday Class) 5pm-9m
May 21 – Blue Cast (Tuesday Class) 11am-2:30pm

Show Dates (block off the full days) May 21 & 22
Red Cast (Friday Class) May 21 at 5pm, May 22 at 2pm
Blue Cast (Tuesday Class) May 21 at 7:30pm, May 22 at 5pm

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