All rehearsals are held at The Random Farms Performing Arts Center in Elmsford. All dress rehearsals and performances are held at the Tarrytown Music Hall (unless otherwise noted), where RFKT is the resident children's theater.
These are large-scale, high-budget, commercial productions that are put on twice a year - once in the winter and once in the summer. They run for two weekends at The Tarrytown Music Hall. Participation is by audition only. Auditions are held in the fall for the February show and in the winter for the August show.
Rehearsals are held in the evenings (4:00-8:30 in the winter, 5:00-9:00 in the summer) 3 times a week (depending on role) for three weeks before the show opens, plus every night the week before the show.
Auditions are open to anyone in elementary school through college, regardless of whether or not you participate in the Workshops. No prior experience is needed to audition. RFKT typically has 150-300 actors audition for its Mainstage productions. 4 casts of 35 are cast in the show. The casts rehearse two at a time but perform separately (each cast does approx. 2 shows).
The Mainstage cast is made up of principal and ensemble roles. Actors cast in a principal role will have speaking lines and/or solos. Actors in the ensemble sing and dance as part of a group but do not always have individual lines or solos.
The workshops are RFKT's most popular program! We have taken classic Broadway shows and condensed them into easy-to-learn "mini musicals" that give everyone a chance to shine. It is the perfect place to hone your skills. The workshops are appropriate for kids with all levels of experience. The goal is for children to obtain musical theater training while rehearsing for a show. The "process" - especially teamwork and self-esteem - is stressed as much as the "product" - a 35-55 minute performance for family and friends.
The Workshops are open to children in 3rd-5th grade and 5th-8th grade.
The workshops are divided into sections (Group A, Group B, Group C, etc.). Each section has 22 children in it. Each section puts on its own performance. There is no double casting or chorus - everyone has a featured part.
A Workshop is comprised of approximately 10 sessions. Each session is 2 hrs. 15min. long. The first session is the audition. Although everyone will end up with a speaking and singing role, going through the audition process is an important part of the learning experience. The next seven sessions are the rehearsals. The ninth session is a dress rehearsal at the theater. The tenth session is a final dress rehearsal, followed by the performance. The ten sessions are usually spread out over a 6-12 week period. A typical workshop will rehearse either on Saturdays or on Sundays (weeknights are sometimes offered as well). When choosing a group, parents can pick the time and day that is most convenient for them
There is a Workshop in the fall (September/October/November), winter (January/February/March) and spring (March/April/May). Summer Workshop Intensives (9am-3pm) are held weekly at the beginning and end of the summer.
This program was created for kids in Kindergarten through second grade. It is just like the regular Workshop, in that every child will get a part with speaking lines, solos and a terrific costume. However, the actual performance will be much shorter, and the rehearsals will have a greater emphasis on creative drama and improvisation.
Rehearsals are once a week for 1hr. 15min. There are a total of ten sessions: the role placement, seven rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and a final dress rehearsal and performance.
RFKT tours educational shows throughout the tri-state area, traveling to schools within one hour of Central Westchester. These 30-60 minute productions are professionally produced and feature young people in all the roles. Open auditions for the tour are held yearly and, if cast, there is no fee to participate. Performers in the show must be able to miss up to two mornings of school a month and parents must be able to drive their children to the venues.
Random Farms On Tour offers schools an affordable and exciting opportunity for their students to see live theater - performed by actors their own age, at their own school!
The shows deal with relevant and age-appropriate themes. Random Farms brings the actors, sound system, costumes and an adult facilitator to mediate discussions after the show.
Every year, RFKT, in conjunction with Marc Tumminelli and the Broadway Workshop, presents a showcase in NYC for top youth agents, managers and casting directors. This is an excellent opportunity for kids and teens who are interested in pursuing theater, film or television professionally. There is no fee to audition or participate in this program. It is by audition only. Auditions are typically schedule in March in both Elmsford and NYC.
If selected for the showcase, there is one rehearsal in Elmsford, followed by the performance for one night at a NYC theater (also in March).
Past showcases have proven a terrific way for kids to get exposure to NYC industry, and many past participants are currently performing on Broadway, in film, television, commercials, or were introduced to their agent or manager through this program. MORE INFO
KIDS FOR A CAUSE
The Kids for a Cause (formerly Kids Who Care) are a group of young people, ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old, who are using their talents to make a difference in the community. The Kids for a Cause perform a 30-minute musical revue, filled with songs and dances from classic Broadway musicals. They are available to entertain at hospitals, senior centers, community events or wherever they can brighten someone's day! MORE INFO
PRIVATE VOICE, ACTING AND PIANO LESSONS
Voice: RFKT offers private voice lessons, where students work on proper voice technique, improving projection, breath support, performance quality, auditioning, expansion of repertoire and healthy belting. Participation in the recital in December and/or June is highly encouraged.
Acting: private acting coaching is now available with Julie Schwartz. Schedule weekly lessons to strengthen technique or come once to prepare for an audition.
Piano: Chip Colvin, resident Music Director for Mainstage and Edge shows, teaches voice and piano. With his breadth of education and professional experience, he teaches his students a blend of technique, repertoire knowledge, and artistic interpretation that is specifically tailored to meet their needs and goals.
Voice: RFKT offers weekly group voice lessons for students in grades K-3 and 5-8.
Dance: Mastering the Dance Audition. (More info coming soon.)
Acting: Work on acting techniques through scene-work and monologues. Classes are offered to students in grades 2-4 & 5-9.
Audition Technique: Students will learn how to most effectively put together their audition book and the best techniques for "audition room etiquette." Classes are available to students in grades 2-4, 5-8 & 9-12.
Many of the programs at Random Farms seek to provide enhanced arts education opportunities for local schools and community groups. The arts are an powerful vehicle for social change, character-building, and increasing diversity within the arts and within our communities. The following programs fulfill our dedication to positively impacting our communities via the arts.
If you know your child wants to participate in a Workshop, it is best to sign up early. The regular Workshops and Jellybeans often start to fill within the first twenty minutes of registration!
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for every show. For a scholarship application, click here. To apply for a payment plan, click here. (link for payment plan coming soon. Please email
Prices are subject to change depending on the costs associated with each show. Please refer to the webpage about each upcoming show for the most accurate tuition.