While there’s no word yet from the state on when the Argyle Theatre can reopen for shows, the Babylon Village playhouse has been given the green light for its Argyle Academy of the Arts Summer Intensive.

This children’s program focus is building singing, acting, and dancing skills for students aged between 8-17.

“We’re really excited,” said Dylan Perlman, co-owner of the theatre. “We didn’t know if we could even do it this year.”

In its third summer, the program will be adjusted in accordance with New York State guidelines. This means there will be small groups of 10 kids or less in each class. The facility will also be cleaned extensivly on a regular basis.

The smaller classes help provide a hands-on experience, says Kate Keating, head of children’s educational programming.

“We always want to have an intimate experience,” said Keating, who also runs the children’s theatre. “Our focus is on learning technique and improving.”

There will be two sessions for the Summer Intensive, which is being sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Session 1: July 13 – July 31 (3 weeks) for $1,190 per student

  • Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session 2: Aug. 3 – Aug. 21 (3 weeks) – $1,190 per student

  • Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Both sessions: $2,250 per student

At the end of the each session, the students will have the chance to perform on the big stage for a showcase performance.

“It’s a fun, rewarding, and educational experience,” said Perlman. “Not only are the students learning from professionals in the industry, but they also get to see what is going on behind-the-scenes in a theater.”

For more information, email info@argyletheatre.com.

Check back at GreaterBabylon for more news on Argyle Theatre’s full reopening of shows.