This summer program for children and teens has been an NMS favorite for more than 30 years. Using creative dramatics as a cornerstone, participants enjoy a wide range of artistic activities designed to encourage self-expression and creativity, culminating in performances of one-of-a-kind musical theater shows!
Children participate in age-based groups, accompanied by warm and supportive counselors who work with the children throughout the day. Each group, which is identified by a distinct color, enjoys drama, dance, music, art, and movement each day, under the guidance of our experienced artistic staff.
Children are grouped by grade, as follows:
- Blue and Teal: children currently in Kindergarten and Grade 1
- Green and Lime: children currently in Grades 2 and 3
- Yellow, Gold, and Orange: children currently in Grades 4, 5, and 6
- Red: children currently in Grades 7 and 8
- Black (known as Theatre Group): children currently in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Over the course of a three-week session, each Color Group creates its own original musical theater production. Participants contribute ideas for plot, dialogue, and characters, and they create the sets, costumes, and props. Each session of Audubon Arts culminates in vibrant in-house Color Group performances, Intensive presentations, and, for our Theatre Group, a full-length musical theater production! The 2019 Theatre Group show will be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
We begin each day together in the Recital Hall at NMS, where we all sing one of our traditional morning songs. Participants then proceed to their one-hour Intensive (see below for more information about our Intensives). We all gather again for morning snack, and then each Color Group participates in music, drama, dance, movement, and visual arts, according to its daily schedule. Each Color Group also has the opportunity to go outside each day for free play. We all gather at lunch to eat together and enjoy a daily “open mic” concert, and we come together for the final time each day to sing one of our afternoon songs before dismissal.
Full Session (6 weeks): June 24 – August 2
Session 1 (3 weeks): June 24 – July 12
Session 2 (3 weeks): July 15 – August 2
*Please note that we are closed on July 4.
Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Extended-care options are available on a drop-in basis before and after regular program hours. Please see below for hours and fees.
In addition to daily dance, movement, music, visual arts, and drama, children participate for one hour each morning in their choice of one of the following special activities (“Intensives”):
Beginning Piano (Blue/Teal, Green/Lime)
The fundamentals of piano playing, introduced through small-group instruction.
Beginning Percussion (Blue/Teal, Green/Lime)
An exploration of hand drums and rhythmic skills.
Vocal Ensemble 1 (Blue/Teal)
Vocal Ensemble 2 (Green/Lime, Yellow/Gold/Orange)
Vocal Ensemble 3 (Red, Theatre)
A broad repertoire of songs, including standards, show tunes, and pop songs, performed as an ensemble.
Art 1 (Blue/Teal, Green/Lime)
Art 2 (Yellow/Gold/Orange)
Art 3 (Red, Theatre)
An exploration of various visual arts media and techniques.
Acting (Green/Lime, Yellow/Gold/Orange)
An introduction to acting skills and techniques.
Dance Ensemble (Yellow/Gold/Orange, Red, Theatre)
Improvisational movement and study of modern dance and tap techniques for those with prior dance study.
Intermediate Piano (Yellow/Gold/Orange, Red, Theatre)
Intermediate-level piano instruction for those who have completed two or more years of individual study.
Writing + Acting (Red, Theatre)
An exploration of creative writing exercises and techniques, with the opportunity to perform scenes written by the participants.
Daily Dose of Fun!
We host “open mic” concerts at lunchtime every day in the Park of the Arts, right behind NMS, and family members are always welcome to join us! These concerts feature Audubon Arts participants, staff, and special guests. All are welcome to share a talent! Midweek, everyone looks forward to Wacky Wednesdays, when participants and staff come to Audubon Arts in madcap outfits and off-the-wall attire. Your child’s summer experience at Audubon Arts will include songs, smiles, hugs, cheers, and much laughter!
Please contact Audubon Arts Director Anne Tubis at 203-624-5189 x 31 or [email protected] for more information.
2019 Priority Enrollment Periods:
January 16, 10:00 a.m.: Open enrollment for 2018 Audubon Arts participants
January 23, 10:00 a.m.: Open enrollment for currently enrolled NMS students
January 30, 10:00 a.m.: Open enrollment for everyone
Program Fees for Blue/Teal, Green/Lime, Yellow/Gold/Orange, and Red Groups:
Full Session (6 weeks: June 24 – August 2): $2,125
Session 1 (3 weeks: June 24 – July 12): $1,235
Session 2 (3 weeks: July 15 – August 2): $1,295
Program Fee for Theatre Group:
Full Session Only (6 weeks: June 24 – August 2): $2,550
Extended-Care Hours and Fees:
Early Drop-Off: 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: $5 per day
Extended Day: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: $20 per day
We offer 5% off Audubon Arts tuition when a family registers two or more siblings.
Deposit and Payment Plan:
A $250 deposit is due at the time of enrollment, with the remaining payments due in installments. A modest 3% finance charge is applied to all payment plans at NMS. If you choose to pay in full at the time of enrollment, there is no finance charge.
Charitable contributions allow us to offer limited financial aid to those who demonstrate a need. The amount of aid awarded is based on household income, family size, and financial obligations, and is limited by the availability of NMS resources. Financial aid does not pay for tuition in full. Applications are kept confidential and must be updated yearly. To apply for financial aid, please first enroll your child in the appropriate Color Group, and then contact Audubon Arts Director Gillian Eversman at 203-624-5189 x 26 or [email protected] for the financial aid application.
Refund Policy for Audubon Arts:
The required deposit of $250 and all other tuition fees paid are fully refundable through April 1. All fees minus the $250 deposit are refundable through May 1. All fees become fully non-refundable and non-transferable after May 1.
Below, please choose the appropriate Color Group for your child based on your child’s CURRENT grade:
- Currently in Kindergarten or Grade 1: Blue/Teal (children may be placed in either group)
- Currently in Grade 2 or 3: Green/Lime (children may be placed in either group)
- Currently in Grade 4, 5, or 6: Yellow/Gold/Orange (children may be placed in any one of the three groups)
- Currently in Grade 7 or 8: Red
- Currently in Grade 9, 10, 11, or 12: Theatre
1. Blue/Teal Group
Full session of Audubon Arts (June 24-August 2) for students currently in kindergarten and grade 1.
Session 1 of Audubon Arts (June 24-July 12) for students currently in kindergarten and grade 1.
Session 2 of Audubon Arts (July 15-August 2) for students currently in kindergarten and grade 1.
2. Green/Lime Group
Full session of Audubon Arts (June 24-August 2) for students currently in grades 2 and 3.
Session 1 of Audubon Arts (June 24-July 12) for students currently in grades 2 and 3.
Session 2 of Audubon Arts (July 15-August 2) for students currently in grades 2 and 3.
3. Yellow/Gold/Orange Group
Full session of Audubon Arts (June 24-August 2) for students currently in grades 4, 5 and 6.
Session 1 of Audubon Arts (June 24-July 12) for students currently in grades 4, 5 and 6.
Session 2 of Audubon Arts (July 15-August 2) for students currently in grades 4, 5 and 6.
4. Red Group
Full session of Audubon Arts (June 24-August 2) for students currently in grades 7 and 8.
Session 1 of Audubon Arts (June 24-July 12) for students currently in grades 7 and 8.
Session 2 of Audubon Arts (July 15-August 2) for students currently in grades 7 and 8.
5. Theatre Group
Full session only of Audubon Arts (June 24-August 2) for students currently in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.