ARTS, THEATER, MUSIC AND DANCE
LET YOUR STAR SHINE
Arts programming at the Y sparks creativity in our youth. They learn to express themselves in ways they never knew possible. We offer all types of programs to build future artists: Drama (play writing, comedy, improve, full-scale musical and theatrical performances), Music (solo and group lessons), Dance (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop), Fine Arts (painting, ceramics, crafts, and photography).
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Theater Arts Company
YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
The Y Theatre Co. produces full scale musicals and plays for young actors ages 6 & up in Salem, Haverhill, and in conjunction with public schools in Swampscott and Manchester/Essex. Each production offers students an opportunity to join a supportive and talented theatre community where every role is given a chance to shine. Technical components including lights, sets, props, costumes and live musicians give a professional experience to new and experienced actors.
PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES
From Mommy & Me creative exploration classes, to Mini Magic Musicals for our kindergarten and elementary age actors, to specialized teen acting and triple threat classes, the Y Theatre Co. offers opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to express themselves. Program offerings vary by session so be sure to check your local Y's guide for current classes.
TECHNICAL THEATRE INTERNSHIP
(Boys and Girls, Age 12-18 years)
Gain hands on experience in Theatre Production. Assist in building sets, costumes, props, lighting, and sound. See your hard work come to life for the Y Theatre Company’s Performances! Join our tech crew and gain professional experience. Fee varies based on time commitment and previous experience.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Let us know! We have lots of opportunities in all kinds of way! All skills sets are welcome and can be put to use!
We also offer Private Lessons!
YouTube. Animation. Magazines. Television. Posters. Film. Photography. Radio. Podcasts. Abundant forms of media have become staples of our everyday lives, in front of us wherever we turn.
That’s what SAYMedia is all about. Students choose from multiple tracks of study, including, but not limited to video production, animation, graphic design and audio engineering.
At SAYMedia, students learn to create digital media, and then apply these skills by working on real video marketing projects for the YMCA, community events, and public services in Salem.
Students are taught advanced computer skills, camera operation, and how to use professional editing software. The majority of SAYMedia's instruction occurs during real-world circumstances. Students and staff work throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts, shooting whatever video required.
They then edit the video footage captured and distribute it to whomever the client may be. On-site, students learn to make challenging decisions: camera and microphone placement in relation to subjects of interest.
Our goal is to give youth and teens the opportunity to experience music through free instruction, development, creation, and performance of various music and production elements during after school hours. This is about much more than the music; it’s about inspiring and encouraging youth to serve their community with greater awareness. Through our state-of-the-art sound engineering facility, music instruments and equipment, as well as partnering with local and professional musicians, we are striving to maintain a degree of excellence that we believe every student deserves.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz or Hip Hop! Take part in the wonders of dance! With classes for preschoolers, youth and teens, all members can participate in our movement programs. Our Sterling School of Dance is our year-round dance program, dedicated to offering studio quality classes, in a small setting. At the end of the year a recital will take place to show off all they have been working so hard on.
Art classes provide are excellent opportunities for youth to gain exposure to a significant aspect of our culture. Through the arts, participants experience activities that foster self-expression and build self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking, and valuable social skills. Exposures to the arts develop progressive skills that help us connect and understand other people and express our ideas, while providing a unique entertainment experience.
YMCA Theatre Camps offer a great opportunity for creative fun during the summer! Our fantastic staff loves spending the summer with kids age 6+, growing confidence, building friendships, and of course, having a blast! We offer programs in Cape Ann, Haverhill, Beverly, Marblehead, and Salem. Camps run in one week sessions with the exception of our production camps which run in two consecutive week sessions.
Ames Hall Rentals
Located in historic downtown Salem, Massachusetts, Ames Hall is an ideal venue for weddings, private parties, theatrical and musical performances and other special events. The restoration of Ames Memorial Hall was completed in 2014. Most recently used as a basketball court, the venue was brought back to its “turn of the century” use as a performance venue. The space is used by the YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Co. for performances, as well as other arts programming. The venue, with direct access to Essex Street through a grand entrance staircase, is situated in the heart of Salem’s downtown. Restaurants, shops, hotels and public transportation are all located within minutes walk from this state-of-the-art venue. In addition to the hall itself, additional rooms, lighting, sound equipment, a baby grand piano and experienced staff are available for a fee. Ames Hall is handicapped accessible and air-conditioned. 250 stack-able chairs are included in a rental. Performing Arts Rentals Private Rentals Wedding Rentals
For more information and to rent Ames Hall, contact Carissa Gerber, 978.744.6846, email@example.com.