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Audition and Performance Dates Announced for THE LARAMIE PROJECT

June 28, 2018

Laramie poster

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.

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Art Show & Auction Coming to NBYT

June 8, 2018

Art Show logo

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.”

For more information visit www.nbyt.org/artshow.html or for information on sponsorship opportunities contact Cindy Donaldson: 860-921-6449 or cindy@redbarnconsultingllc.com.

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

SPF 2018

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.

 

Have you heard the news?!

May 25, 2018

No Boundaries stageHave you heard that New Britain Youth Theater is becoming No Boundaries Youth Theater?!

One of the most wonderful things about NBYT is how inclusive and far-reaching our company has been. Children and teens have come to our programs from nearly sixty towns throughout Connecticut and from all eight of the state’s counties. We’ve performed in New Britain, Berlin, and Hartford, and we’ve brought educational programs to schools in New Britain, Plainville, Bristol, Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury, and Torrington.

The name change will reflect that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that serves much more than a single town. NBYT will continue to accept children from all communities, with all abilities, and to be involved in a variety of ways both onstage and off.

Conveniently, there’s no change needed in our website address (www.nbyt.org), no change in our email addresses, and there will be no change in the high-quality and affordable programs that we’ll keep striving to provide.

Watch for the name change over the next weeks. And stay with us to see what exciting adventures lie ahead as we journey where IMAGINATION KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES!

 

Willy Wonka Jr Auditions

May 23, 2018

Wonka logoSummer is almost here—and that means NBYT’s summer musical!

If you’re already registered for Willy Wonka Jr this summer, auditions will be on Monday and Wednesday, June 11 and 13. (Remember that everyone who registered will be in the show. Auditions are just to decide who’ll get which role. Young actors in the Little Players joining the cast for the last week do not need to audition at all.) Actors should plan to come on either day at either 6 or 7 pm. Come prepared with an upbeat musical theater song not from Willy Wonka and bring sheet music if possible; actors without a song prepared will still be asked to sing. Some actors considered for the role of Willy Wonka may be asked to sing Pure Imagination in addition to their audition song. Actors will also read from the script and should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps.

If you’re not already registered for Willy Wonka Jr, it’s not too late to join us! Click on this link for details and registration information.

Roles to be cast are listed below (thanks to MTI, the show’s licencing agency). More details about the roles are on the MTI website too.

  • WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN
    Mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. Funny and serious and able to change between the two on a dime. Willy Wonka may be played by a boy or girl.
  • CHARLIE BUCKET
    The emotional heart and soul of the musical. Think a male “Annie.” Charlie is in nearly every scene and has a demanding and sizable role.
  • GRANDPA JOE
    He is caring, funny, patient, sweet and always reminds Charlie to remain cheerful. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
  • MR. AND MRS. BUCKET
    Both sing solos. Mr. Bucket performs Think Positive with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings Cheer Up, Charlie with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket will double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
  • PHINEOUS TROUT
    The reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and will double as an Oompa-Loompa in the second half of the show.
  • OOMPA-LOOMPAS
    A judgmental Greek chorus of mysterious workers in the Wonka Chocolate Factory. Although they’ll look similar, each will have a different personality.
  • AUGUSTUS GLOOP
    An overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Augustus sings I Eat More! along with his mother and Phineous Trout.
  • MRS. GLOOP
    Augustus’ mother who has overindulged her son with food. She accompanies Augustus on the tour of the factory, and sings I Eat More!
  • VIOLET BEAUREGARDE
    Gum chewer extraordinaire. Violet should stand in stark contrast to Veruca Salt. Veruca is a wealthy refined brat; Violet is more of a blue collar, middle class brat. She sings Chew It along with Willy Wonka.
  • MRS. BEAUREGARDE
    A teacher of geography who has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results.
  • VERUCA SALT
    A wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required (brats come in all nationalities). Veruca’s solo number is I Want It Now.
  • MR. SALT
    His solution to most problems is to buy his way out. He is upper class, and sometimes portrayed with a high British accent.
  • MIKE TEAVEE
    Addicted to TV, video games, the Internet, and any other mindnumbing technological device. Mike is bratty, loud, obnoxious, and does not know the word “no.” Mike and Ms. Teavee sing I See It All On TV.
  • MS. TEAVEE
    Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. Think June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) or Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) or even Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch). She’s perfectly put together and a bit vacant. She sings I See It All On TV.
  • GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, and GRANDPA GEORGE
    Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles but must have good comic timing. These actors will double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
  • JAMES
    James is Charlie’s friend from school. He has a few lines and sings the introduction of The Candy Man along with Matilda and Charlie.
  • MATILDA
    Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie’s, but she’s a bit of bully. Matilda has a few lines and sings the introduction of The Candy Man along with James and Charlie.
  • CANDY MAN KIDS
    These kids sing The Candy Man and will then play Oompa-Loompas.
  • SQUIRRELS 
    The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles who will also play Candy Man Kids and Oompa-Loopmas.