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Register for Fall Classes!

August 15, 2018

cropped-logo-letters-only.pngWe hate to see summer vacation end as much as any kid, but it’s almost September and time to start thinking about Fall Classes! How about making the school year a little more dramatic with a class in acting or improv?

ALL-ABILITIES CLASSES

All-abilities programming includes those children—as well as others who may choose to participate—in a program that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each of them to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities.

STAGE PERFORMANCE FOR ALL
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 20 – November 15)

The class will begin with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. In the second hour, the class will develop and rehearse an original play or short scenes for performance. A one-hour class option is also available. Please contact us for details.

SATURDAY CLASSES

STAGE PLAY: CENTRAL AMERICAN STORIES
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Ages 5 – 8 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)

Join us South of the Border as we explore the rich history of folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from Mexico and Central America. Drama games and scenes based on these tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older and returning students will be challenged to further develop roles and begin script analysis. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH (COMIC TIMING)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 22  – November 17)

Playing comedy, and finding the right timing for that comedy, is one of the hardest skills for actors to learn. This class will explore various types of comedy and how to play it for the biggest laughs! Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
Ages 10 – 16 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)

Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. Returning students will be challenged to build their skills and develop longer scenes. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.

HOMESCHOOL CLASSES

HOMESCHOOL JUNIOR PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Ages 5 – 8 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

A new program for younger homeschool performers offers our popular Saturday Stage Play class on Tuesday mornings. Drama games and scenes based on folk tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

HOMESCHOOL REPERTORY PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 14 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

A performance and production class is offered beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater. In Fall 2018, the class will produce an original murder mystery, and we’ll discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

MUSIC
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

Students will learn about the musical elements of pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form through a sequential, developmentally appropriate course of study.  Students will engage in a variety of musical activities including singing with quality folk literature, playing instruments, and movement to the masters, both classic and contemporary. Students will create, perform and respond to music in an environment that encourages them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 1:40 – 2:40 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

Students will get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group is introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, and participants will be able to take what they learn and use it to not only become better actors, but also better listeners and speakers. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.

COACHING AND PRIVATE LESSONS

Private acting coaching, lessons, and audition preparation are available with NBYT Teaching Artists on a weekly or one-time basis.

To register for one or more classes, click below!

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COST AND OTHER DETAILS

The cost of each one-hour class is $100 per student for each 8-week term. The cost of the two-hour all-abilities class and two-hour homeschool class is $150.

Students within one year of the age requirements may be allowed to register with approval of the instructor and Executive Director.

All classes meet at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org.

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Audition and Performance Dates Announced for THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

August 13, 2018

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Before Toy Story, there was The Velveteen Rabbit.

No Boundaries Youth Theater’s holiday production will be a new children’s musical written by NBYT Teaching Artist Angela Klimaytis. The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, based on the 1922 classic children’s book by Margery Williams, tells the story of a toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to be real. With a script, music, and lyrics written specifically for young performers, this magical story explores themes of friendship, love, and overcoming insecurity—all coming to life in a world with plenty of talking toys, a magical nursery fairy, real rabbits, one very real boy, and many others! The production will be directed and musical directed by Angela Klimaytis, with Kristen Bennett serving as assistant director and Chelsea Derby as choreographer.

All children and teens, ages 6 through 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. There are a number of roles for older actors, roles for girls and boys, and many featured ensemble roles. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.

Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 7, 8 and 9.

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To schedule an audition, click above! You can also visit www.nbyt.org, email auditions@nbyt.org, or call (860) 515-8115. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.

 

Audition and Performance Dates Announced for THE LARAMIE PROJECT

June 28, 2018

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This fall, the NBYT Teen Company will begin the theater’s 2018-19 season with The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.

“The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date,” says NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington. “It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. But it’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever.”

Auditions for the production will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 30 and August 1, at 6 p.m. at the theater’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 may schedule an audition earlier in July. Actors auditioning should prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute from a modern play (1920 to present). Actors auditioning should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in this project. A company of 8 to 12 actors will be cast who will play over sixty roles in the script. Due to language and content, the ages for this production will be 16-20. Younger actors may join with their parents full understanding and permission; older actors may join with permission of the director.

Rehearsals for the production will begin on August 29 and are planned for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Auditions are being held early so actors may begin learning their lines in August.) As part of the rehearsal process, a workshop will be held with a member of Tectonic Theater Project who will travel to NBYT from New York, and discussions are planned with local LGBTQ advocacy groups. Performances will be on October 19, 20 and 21. Due to the short rehearsal period, some additional rehearsal time may be necessary.

To schedule an audition, or to ask any questions about this production, please email auditions@nbyt.org or contact NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.

Art Show & Auction Coming to NBYT

June 8, 2018

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UPDATE: Due to some logistical and scheduling challenges, the Art Show and Auction is being postponed to Spring 2019. We look forward to bringing you more updates as we plan in the coming months!

No Boundaries Youth Theater (formerly New Britain Youth Theater) is excited to announce the kick-off of a five-year strategic growth plan with the announcement of its first annual Art Show and Auction to be held on August 25, 2018.

Attendance at the late summer event is open to all, and will include a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and exhibiting artists and children under the age of 10 are free. The event will be held at Ellis Street Commons, 321 Ellis Street in New Britain, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online.

Art submissions are open to artists of all ages and abilities and art of all mediums. All art must be original, display ready, and available for sale. The suggested minimum commission to NBYT is 30% of sale. No entry fee will be charged for any artists, artists may submit up to three pieces of art, and loading and unloading is the responsibility of the artists. Drop off dates for art are August 18 from 9 am to 1pm, August 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Cash prizes will be awarded for students grades 9 and up and for adults in the categories of Best in Show, and First, Second, and Third Prize. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for students up to grade 8. More information for artists is available by downloading the art submission form.

“We are thrilled to kick off our strategic plan initiatives with this Art Show,” noted Cindy Donaldson, NBYT Board Chair. “No Boundaries Youth Theatre has helped over 7,000 children since our founding in 2010, and we want to see that legacy grow. We strive to keep the fees to our students minimal and have been fortunate to receive various grants over the years, but it simply is not enough to support the staff, equipment, and everything that is needed to run the theater optimally. The Art Show allows us to share the love of all arts and support our mission.”

Technical Director Wanted

June 7, 2018

No Boundaries Youth Theater (formerly New Britain Youth Theater) seeks a part-time Technical Director to work a flexible schedule of up to five hours weekly. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with directors and designers to coordinate set, sound, lighting, prop, and other technical and design needs for productions and performances
  • Completing or overseeing building, assembling, painting, collecting, or otherwise preparing set, sound, lighting, built props, and other technical and design needs for productions and programs
  • Working with volunteer and student crews as available to assist with building and technical needs
  • Planning, with the Artistic Director, and teaching technical theater and design workshops and classes
  • Working with Artistic Director, production directors, and stage managers to schedule load-in and load-out of sets, props, and technical equipment
  • Organizing, inventorying, and maintaining set pieces, tools, paint, building materials, and technical (lighting and sound) equipment and supplies

The ideal Technical Director will be organized, motivated, and able to work well both independently and with directors, designers, stage managers, students, and volunteers. A valid driver’s license and the ability to rent and drive at least a 10-foot truck are required. Specific working hours can often be set by the employee him or herself provided work is completed by given deadlines, but some daytime hours will be required for load-ins and some evenings required for rehearsals. Set and technical elements for NBYT productions are often quite simple and easily realized; the position requires a familiarity with lighting and sound, stage carpentry, and theater production (or the ability to quickly learn), and experience is preferred but not required.

To Apply

To apply, please send an email to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by email to jobs@nbyt.org. No phone inquiries please.

About No Boundaries Youth Theater

Founded in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater and selected by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017, No Boundaries Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens. The name change in 2018 reflects that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that accepts children from all towns and communities, with all abilities, and to be involved in a variety of ways both onstage and off.

NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment educational programming, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social, emotional, and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in community spaces and schools throughout Greater New Britain, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Actors and Writers: Be Part of NBYT’s Short Play Festival

June 5, 2018

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For two weeks this July, actors, writers and directors will come together for NBYT’s Short Play Festival.

The Short Play Festival will consist of several original short comedies and dramas submitted by NBYT participants and alumni and by local playwrights.

From Monday through Wednesday (July 9-11 and July 16-18), actors and directors will stage and rehearse readings of each short play from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. When possible, the playwrights themselves will also be involved in the rehearsal process. On Thursdays (July 12 and 18) at 7:30 PM, performances of those staged readings will be open to an audience.

Actors ages 10-20 are welcome to participate for one or both weeks of the Short Play Festival, but they must be able to commit to attending Monday through Thursday. There is no participation cost. Performances will also be free to attend, but donations will be accepted. To register as an actor, please click here.

Playwrights are also welcome to submit plays by June 30. Play submissions will be accepted from young writers (up to age 20), local writers, or past participants of NBYT only. (A list of guidelines can be found in a 2017 Short Play Festival posting here.) To submit a script, please deliver it to NBYT staff or email SPF@nbyt.org.

Rehearsals and performances will be at NBYT’s Studio Theater Space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin.

The Laramie Project at NBYT

June 1, 2018

Laramie poster

The first production of the NBYT 2018-19 season will be The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.

The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date. It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. But it’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever. Due to language and content, the ages for this production will be 16-20. Younger actors may join with their parents full understanding and permission; older actors may join with permission of the director.

Preparation for The Laramie Project will begin with a script reading on Wednesday, June 20  from 6 – 9 PM.  Actors who may want to audition or anyone who may want to work on the production is welcome to attend. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Those attending can join in the reading or are welcome to just listen. Following the reading, questions may be asked about auditions and rehearsals.

Auditions will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 30 and August 1, at 6 PM or on other dates by appointment. Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 should schedule an audition earlier in July. Actors auditioning should prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute from a modern play (1920 to present). Actors auditioning should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in this project. A company of 8 to 12 actors will be cast who will play over sixty roles in the script.

Rehearsals will begin on August 29 and are planned for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 PM. (Auditions are being held early so actors may begin learning their lines in August.) As part of the rehearsal process, a workshop will be held with a member of Tectonic Theater Project who will travel to NBYT from New York. Performances will be on October 19, 20 and 21. Due to the short rehearsal period, some additional rehearsal time may be necessary.

To register for the script reading, schedule an audition, or ask any questions about this production, please email auditions@nbyt.org or contact NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington.