WHAT IS LITTLE BARN MUSICAL THEATRE?
Through learning the art of musical theatre, children are able to express themselves with song, dance, and their innate storytelling abilities.
Our goal is for each budding performer to cultivate confidence and develop poise in our inspiring space. Our beautiful settings are perfect for the merging of classical and current styles of music, theatre and dance.
Our cast of instructors at Little Barn pride themselves in being true Teaching Artists.
Each teacher is both a performer in the musical theatre world and a mentor in the classroom. They dedicate themselves to lead by example while listening to the unique interests of individual students.
Our “cast members” have specifically chosen to teach at Little Barn because they value the creative potential of each child while also gaining inspiration from the students for their own art.
One of my favourite Hollywood actress' daughters asked if she could give me a hug and then told me she “loves kick-ball -change”. That's how I came up with the tag line - “kick-ball-change your life”.
Kim Eilian - Founder and Director of Little Barn
WHY MUSICAL THEATRE?
Our children are sponges when it comes to the way we teach musical theatre, dance, singing and acting at LB (Little Barn).
It becomes second nature with a well-rounded practice of dancing, singing and acting giving your child skills, poise and confidence that will serve them in anything / everything they do.
Your child will use their mind and body in different ways - developing body intelligence, poise, memorization skills and a love of musical theatre music in all its different styles while their minds and bodies are growing and developing.
When entering the tween and teen years, theatre kids that are part of a company, putting on shows with peers and mentors, can have a wholesome and engaging experience that is inspiring and fun and develop creative and problem-solving skills.
THE FIREFLY VALUES
Little Barn was founded in the Hamptons and was inspired by the beaches, farms and the beautiful landscapes. Our first Summer Stock Camp was born here, in the very heart of the Hamptons in a picturesque farm-like setting, attracting a sophisticated crowd of New York City theatre enthusiasts.
We have since then grown into a full-time program and are opening our Studio on the Upper East Side of NYC, surrounded by other exceptional children's programs.
The rainbows, butterflies, lady bugs, birds, the occasional dragonfly (and mystical flying unicorns) captured our imagination - something beyond our reach but present with a song, dance and story. We come alive in our summer farm and now: NYC setting learning, playing and putting on shows till the day is done when the fireflies come out for their magical nightly shows!
From Webster’s Dictionary “The sanguine Firefly…” meaning - Inspired, dreamers - what inspires us to practice daily to make our dreams come true and always with kindness, love, friendships and courage). Be brave, courageous, and kind on the journey with our friends.
F - Friendship: what it means to be a good friend - supportive, being happy for and cheering on each other
I - Inspired: to embrace and engage with what inspires us
R - Respect: being a good learner, friend; How do we show respect to our teachers and friends and keeping us and others safe.
E - Everyone is important: no such thing as a small role or small deed. Everything we do is important and becomes who we are.
F - Free, freedom: like the firefly that lights up the magical summer night, the arts light up our spirits.
L - Live and Love: in deeds, relationships and in our art
Y - Yes: we can-do attitude!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are girls required to wear in class?
Girls are required to wear a black or pale blue tank leotard, beige tap shoes and skin color or ballet pink stretch canvas ballet shoes (no strings) or beige slip-on jazz shoes. Tights or leggings are optional.
What are boys required to wear?
Boys are required to wear a black tee-shirt and black athletic shorts or loose fitted dance pants, black slip-on tap shoes and black stretch canvas ballet shoes (no strings) or black slip-on jazz shoes.
Why "no strings" are important in the shoes?
Dance shoes evolved with the times and are more comfortable. These shoes are easier for the parents, easier for the children and easier to dance in.
Can I schedule a visit?
Yes you can, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideal time and dates.
How can I be part of the Little Barn team?
We are always looking for musicians, dancers, singers and actors to add to our teaching team of artists. If you are looking for employment send your availability and application to email@example.com.
How is Little Barn different from other dance studios?
Our mission is to provide a superior dance and theatre experience for our students, parents and teachers. Our teachers are mentors and role models and perform and create with the students.