PYTv! Developing Character

Our Drama Division has something for every young performer. PYT’s program cultivates the Voice, the Body and the Imagination through drama and provides a solid base to those students excited about learning the art of Acting.

This year has brought the unexpected to our doorstep and asked us to respond in unconventional ways. The importance of hand washing, use of sanitizer, social distancing and mask wearing are just a few things that helped us face the present. Yet, in all of this, there are still core services our PYT family is expecting. Thinking about the future forced staff and artists to implement the one guiding principle that outlines our approach to the performing arts: CREATIVE THINKING.

After analyzing guidelines from multiple sources, the decision was made to develop a reopening plan utilizing a hybrid schedule. Significant modification to our normal schedule is necessary to fulfill the needs of our students. Emphasis on their health and safety, as well as that of our faculty and staff, are at the center of our plan.

Drama Division will remain virtual for the Fall of our 2020-2021 season.  This decision was made for the following reasons:

  1. To limit the number of PYT students in the building.
  2. Masks are required at ALL times in the building. Acting is based primarily on facial expression, which is impossible when wearing a mask.  Vocal work is also seriously inhibited.
  3. Due to the potential amount of aerosols generated while singing and projecting, Actors and Singers are at high risk for transmission of COVID-19.
  4. Drama is an interactive and collaborative art form. With students required to stay in a 6 ft. area at all times, students’ ability to perform scenes, create stories or even play games is hindered.

IF and WHEN it is safe to return to in-person classes/lessons, we will make that determination for January.