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New Paid Internships with NBYT

February 20, 2017

Beginning this spring, NBYT is offering internships for ages 16 and up to assist on productions and in educational programs. Internships may include one to two-weeks working on technical production for a performance, up to four-weeks working on the summer production (this year The Lion King Jr), or longer opportunities in educational programs. We’ll continue to use interns in productions and classes beginning in the fall.

Interns may assist with warm-ups, instruction, rehearsals, and other activities; may assist with set design, building, or painting, with costume and/or prop making and coordination, or with load-ins and load-outs; may assist with sound, lights, and technical production; and/or may assist Directors, Stage Managers, Teaching Artists, and other adult staff in supervising younger program participants.

All interns must be reliable, punctual, and responsible for their own transportation. Stipends paid will vary depending upon the time commitment involved. Interns will also gain valuable experience in theater and leadership, and—because NBYT is a nonprofit organization—may be able to receive credit from schools or other organizations requiring community service hours. Training and career guidance is also offered, and interns may receive academic credit when allowed by schools.

To apply, please contact Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by email at jobs@nbyt.org. The initial contact should include:

  • Contact information as well as school and grade level or education level
  • Period of interest (summer, spring or fall classes, or a specific production)
  • Areas of interest (if any, such as theater education, technical theater, design, directing, stage management, or general production)
  • Experience in theater
  • Experience, if any, working with or supervising children ages 5 through 14
  • Expectations of the internship and career goals

A resume may be included, but is not required.

Show Us What You’ve Got…or Come See What We’ve Got

February 9, 2017

2017-logo-2Save the date on the evening of MARCH 18 to join NBYT in celebrating its LUCKY SEVENTH birthday!

You Can’t Do THAT at NBYT! is a Birthday Party-Celebration-Entertainment-Once a Year Event!

The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash mocktail bar, raffles, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, THE LION KING JR!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Raffle drawings will follow intermission.

NBYT kids, teens, parents, and staff! Do you want to perform? You can show off a talent that we don’t usually get to see at NBYT. Or you can recite a monologue or sing a song (as a solo, duet, or with a small group) that we just shouldn’t do—something from a role that you’re totally wrong for or something (kid-friendly of course) from a show that we’d never do! We’ll also have a group chorus number that we’ll rehearse on Wednesdays, March 1, 8, and 15 from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

To participate as a performer, email Angela Klimaytis at aklimaytis@gmail.com or call 860-515-8115. Let us know if you have a song or other act that you’d like to perform or if you just want to sing with a chorus (because we need you too)! Auditions for individual and small groups will be held on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. All performers must audition or contact us by that date—no exceptions!

What’s that? You’re not a performer? That’s great too—and this year there’s no admission fee for anyone!  Donations will be accepted of course, and all proceeds from donations, drink sales, and raffle ticket sales will benefit NBYT programming.

Casting Mark Twain!

January 30, 2017

mark-twainNew Britain Youth Theater is seeking an adult or teenage actor to play Mark Twain in a production of The Prince and the Pauper. The play is a theatrical version of the Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home in Redding, Connecticut, during the final years of the author’s life there. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out the story of the Tudor Prince Edward and a look-alike peasant. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a writer whom he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The remainder of the cast are young actors ages 8 through 15.

Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)) and some flexibility with the rehearsal schedule can be accommodated. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7.

To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. A prepared monologue is optional, but all those auditioning will be asked to read from the play. Non-union actors only can be considered (unless a waiver is available), and a small stipend may be available.

Bring NBYT to Your School!

January 27, 2017

Education logoThis blog post not only tells you how to bring an NBYT educational program to a classroom or school auditorium—it tells you how to make that happen for FREE!

For seven years, NBYT has provided educational and performance programs in schools, after school, and out of school time for children and teens from preschool through high school. The theater’s literacy-based educational programs promote social, emotional, and creative development. Programs are based upon National Core Arts Standards, and the curriculum is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts. Programs have been offered through school districts in New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, and in Hartford schools through Hartford Performs.

dr-seussOne of our most popular classroom programs is Bringing Books to Life! This 40-60 minute program combines an introductory acting class with story-time as children engage in listening, discussing, and performing to better understand the themes of a book and how actors can bring the book’s story to life on stage. Students use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to pantomime characters and actions which are included in bringing the chosen book “to life.” The stories of Dr. Seuss—with their many wild characters and busy action—lend themselves particularly well to this program, and we book many classroom visits on and around Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) on March 2.

logo-2017This spring, NBYT is also bringing a touring performance to schools! In this performance, The Cinderella Project, the Cinderella from the fairy tale that most of us know best meets and learns a lesson from Cinderella-like characters from around the world—even a male “Cinderella” from an Irish folk tale! The 30-40 minute performance can be accompanied by a talkback discussion with students and study guides for teachers or counselors. NBYT is currently booking performances on Friday mornings in April and May.

To book either of these programs or to learn about others, email education@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Now, about those free performances in schools! Share this post on Facebook, retweet it on Twitter, or reblog it with a link back to this post, and you’ll get one entry in a contest to bring a free program to a school anywhere in Connecticut. Entries are unlimited. You must also email education@nbyt.org with your name, the way that you shared the post (so we can confirm), and the school that you’d like to receive the program. There will be one winner for Bringing Books to Life (for a single classroom or grade level, to be scheduled this year subject to availability) and one winner for a performance of The Cinderella Project (for a single performance in a school auditorium, gym, or other performance space, to be scheduled on a Friday morning in April of May or this year subject to availability). All entries must be submitted by February 28 at midnight. No purchase is required to win, and winners will be notified early in March.

Shakespeare Monologue Suggestions and Audition Tips

January 24, 2017

rj-logo-2With auditions for Romeo and Juliet coming soon, we’ve been asked for monologue suggestions and audition tips.

If you’re auditioning for Shakespeare for the first time, you might be nervous, but so is just about everybody else. The important part is to be prepared, do your best, and enjoy the experience.

Several suggestions for Shakespeare monologues are online here at Shakespeare’s Monologues. (Simply and appropriately titled, we think.) Several dramatic monologue suggestions are in Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories. Monologues may also be chosen from other classic plays—what we’re looking for is something that’s not in modern day English.

Remember that actors of any experience level are welcome and encouraged to audition! It doesn’t matter if you’ve already played Lear or Lacy Macbeth, or if this would be your first audition. There are roles for everyone. We do think that it’s important to understand your monologue though. To find Shakespeare’s monologues in modern English (for comparison and understanding only), we recommend No Fear Shakespeare. Although we prefer everyone to memorize their monologue (it only has to be 30-60 seconds), it will be okay to hold onto it.

At auditions, the directors will also ask actors to read from the script with somebody else who is auditioning. The directors might also give you some suggestions for different ways to try saying the lines. If you have trouble reading a word or line, don’t be afraid to ask one of the directors about it. Make character choices of your own, but also listen to the directors’ suggestions. The directors want to know if you can take some direction and make some interesting choices. Remember that you’re performing, not just reading!

Overall, the most important thing to know for an audition are these:

•  be prepared
•  look and sound confident and enthusiastic
•  be entertaining
•  be loud
•  be polite
•  do your best
•  HAVE FUN!

Worldwide Search for Cinderellas (and Princes Too)

January 22, 2017

logo-2017February 8 UPDATE: We’re looking for one more homeschool student to cast in THE CINDERELLA PROJECT! The actor can be male or female, age 10 through 18 (note the lower age), and will play a narrator who becomes involved in the stories they tell. Understudies for lead roles may still be cast too. Contact us with interest!

NBYT will audition homeschooled high school students and college-age actors for school performances of its original play for young audiences, The Cinderella Project, on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. or by appointment at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin.

In The Cinderella Project, as Cinderella runs from the ball, she meets the characters from other Cinderella-like folk stories from around the world, and they teach her that the power to change her life is within herself and not just with a prince, a fairy godmother, or fate. NBYT seeks a diverse cast of four females and two males for various roles in each of the stories. The stories included will be from the following:

  • Cinderella, the well-known French fairy tale
  • Ye Xian, an ancient Chinese folk tale
  • Rhodopis, an ancient Egyptian tale
  • Mpunzanyana, an African tribal tale
  • Sorele, a Jewish tale from Poland
  • Arcia, a Mexican-American folk story
  • Billy Beg, an Irish folk story (in which the Cinderella character is male)

Teens interested in stage management or production assistance are welcome too.

Those auditioning should prepare a short comic monologue and will also be asked to read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. All those auditioning must be available for rehearsals and performances on Friday mornings between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Rehearsals will be held in February and March, and performances will be scheduled in area schools in April and May. There is no cost for program, and there are no stipends available to pay actors. Actors should also have their own transportation to performances.

Where(fore) art thou, Romeo…and Juliet and Tybalt and Mercutio and…

January 22, 2017

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Flower power, doves and hawks, draft card burning, miniskirts, high society and counter-culture, and the Summer of Love will be the background for an upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by the Teen Company of New Britain Youth Theater.

NBYT’s will hold auditions for Romeo and Juliet on Monday, February 20, and Wednesday, February 22, at NBYT’s new studio space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and some Thursday evenings.

Shakespeare’s teen tragedy about two feuding families will be performed on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, and Sunday, June 25. An additional performance will be held on June 24 at Berlin Congregational Church. The production will be set in 1967 for the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” and will be inspired by the popular culture, counter-culture, and political and social turmoil of that time.

Prior to auditions, free Audition Preparation Workshops will be held on Monday and Wednesday, February 13 and 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and also at 362 Main Street. Actors planning (or even considering auditioning) can attend either or both dates for audition tips and the chance to recite and receive feedback on their monologue prior to the auditions.

Auditions are open to 12 to 20 year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is sought. Those auditioning should prepare a 30 to 60-second Shakespeare monologue. Actors will also be given dialogue from the script to read at auditions. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call or email with interest in production and backstage positions.

* Yes, we do know that “wherefore” means “why,” but we couldn’t resist the pun!