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Homeschool Teaching Assistant Sought

February 13, 2018

Logo (new)New Britain Youth Theater is hiring a teaching assistant for a homeschool program working with children ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. The teaching assistant will also have the opportunity for additional hours working with programs brought into Hartford elementary schools. The position is open immediately.

Teaching Assistants assist with warm-ups, rehearsals, and other planned activities; support “share day” performances; and help to supervise program participants. No experience is required, but a background or interest in either theater or education is helpful.

All applicants must be reliable team players and be responsible for their own transportation. Hourly salary is dependent upon experience. College students and homeschooled teens age 16 and up are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

To apply, please send an email jobs@nbyt.org. No phone inquiries please.

About New Britain Youth Theater

Founded in 2010 and selected by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens. NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. NBYT programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Teen Company” productions, Performance Skills classes, in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment programming, community outreach programs, and more. 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.

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Saturday Drama Classes for 2018

January 13, 2018

Stage PerformanceWe’re excited to begin a new session of Saturday drama classes on January 20! All classes run for eight weeks at $100 each (for the full eight weeks).

Stage Play: Scandinavian Stories
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Ages 5 – 8

From Hans Christian Andersen to modern tales from the “Frozen” north, the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have a rich history of folk tales, fairy tales, and fables. 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: Movement and Physical Choices
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am, Ages 9 – 14

The physical choices that actors make help to create interesting characters! In addition to the development of physical choices for characters in scenes, guests teachers will introduce musical theater choreography and stage combat. 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

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.

Private Lessons and Coaching
NBYT also offers individual or small group lessons in voice, acting, and audition preparation. Contact the theater for rates and available schedules.

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To register for a class, use NBYT’s new online registration, or call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org for more information. For more information about other NBYT programs, visit our website at www.NBYT.org.

Homeschool Enrichment for 2018

January 13, 2018

Homeschool logoWe’re excited to begin a new session of homeschool enrichment classes on Tuesday, January 23!

NEW! Homeschool JUNIOR Players (Ages 5-8)
Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 9:45 am
10 weeks, $100

NBYT’s 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 (Ages 7-14)
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
10 weeks, $150

A performance and production class for children ages 7 through 14, is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater. The Spring 2018 theme will be VAUDEVILLE! and will include scenes, songs, and slapstick comedy from the popular entertainment form of the early 20th Century. The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends!

Music (Ages 8 – 16)
12:30 – 1:30 pm; 10 weeks, $100

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 (Ages 8 – 16)
1:40 – 2:40 pm; 10 weeks, $100

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.

Private Lessons and Coaching
NBYT also offers individual or small group lessons in voice, acting, and audition preparation. Contact the theater for rates and available schedules.

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To register for a class, use NBYT’s new online registration, or call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org for more information. For more information about other NBYT programs, visit our website at www.NBYT.org.

NBYT Classes, Homeschool and Auditions

January 3, 2018

New Britain Youth Theater continues its eighth season with January classes, homeschool programs, and auditions for children and teens. New this year is an all-inclusive class open to children and teens of all abilities.

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Classes in acting (ages 5-14) and improv (ages 10-16) begin on Saturday, January 20. Each eight-week term ends with a class performance open to family and friends. Younger children will stage Scandinavian Stories. Drama games and scenes based on tales from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on Movement and Physical Choices in Stage Performance Skills, which will include sessions in musical theater dance and stage combat. The theater’s popular Improv class welcomes new students and challenges returning students to build new skills.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, January 23, and include a new program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 7 to 14, and classes in music (ages 8-16) and improv (ages 8-16). This term, the performance class will learn about and create a Vaudeville show including scenes, songs, and slapstick comedy from the popular entertainment form of the early 20th Century.

A new Stage Performance for All class begins on Monday, January 22, for ages 8 to 18 that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each student to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities. The theater’s new all-inclusive programming is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

Also this month, NBYT is holding auditions for two upcoming productions in a season sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation. Children ages 6 to 12 may audition for The Brothers Grimm: The Gnome, and children and teens ages 12 to 18 may audition for Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Gnome logoBased on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the story of The Gnome includes three princesses, three knights in armor, a five-headed dragon, a king and queen, a jester, and a gnome named Gnathan who causes hilarious mischief for them all! The original script features comedy styles from vaudeville to slapstick to improv, and is reminiscent of comedy legends from the Three Stooges to Monty Python. Auditions for actors ages 6 to 12 are on Monday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 17. Monday auditions will be held at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley Street. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m.

Peter squarePeter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling play with music, described as a “grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan,” that tells how a nameless, angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this coming of age tale playfully explores the depths of greed and despair—and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Auditions for actors ages 12 to 18 are on Monday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 24, at NBYT’s 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.

For both productions, boys and girls of all levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will participate in some introductory activities, and will be asked to take direction and read from the play. For more details and to register for a class or schedule an audition for either production, visit www.NBYT.org. Questions may be directed to info@nbyt.org or call (860) 515-8115.

Auditions for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

December 20, 2017

Peter squareLoop the loop and up to the stars!

This spring, the NBYT Teen Company will present the Tony Award-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher. This swashbuckling play with music described as a “grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan” tells how a nameless, angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this coming of age tale playfully explores the depths of greed and despair—and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love through the limitless possibilities of imagination. The origins of Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and even Neverland itself are also revealed!

NBYT will hold auditions on Monday and Wednesday, January 22 and 24, at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. In addition to free street parking, space is available at the bank parking lot adjacent to the facility. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed on May 18, 19, and 20 at a venue to be determined.

Actors ages 12 to 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, both singers and non-singers, are welcome to audition. Actors auditioning should expect to do a cold reading from the script and sing Happy Birthday. Throughout the show, over 100 characters are portrayed, so there are many featured and ensemble roles for both males and females. In addition to actors, the company also seeks a high school or college student interested in assisting with musical direction. Teens may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage. The production will be directed by Angela Klimaytis.

To schedule an audition, use NBYT’s new online registration, 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 of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.

 

Auditions for THE GNOME

December 20, 2017

The Gnome logoWhat do a lemon tree, a dank closet, and a five-headed dragon have in common? All three are important to the plot of The Gnome!

Based on a lesser known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and adapted by the writers of NBYT’s Unlocked and Penny and the Pirates, The Gnome tells the story of three princesses, three knights in armor, a five-headed dragon, a king and queen, a jester, and a gnome named Gnathan who causes hilarious mischief for them all! The original script features comedy styles from vaudeville to slapstick to improv, and is reminiscent of comedy legends from the Three Stooges to Monty Python.

NBYT will hold auditions for The Gnome for young actors ages 6 through 12 on Monday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 17. Monday auditions will be held at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley Street. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The production will be performed at Holmes Elementary School on April 20, 21 and 22.

All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. To schedule an audition, use NBYT’s new online registration, email auditions@nbyt.org, or call (860) 515-8115.

Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. There is no cost to audition. Those cast will register and be asked to pay a participation fee of $150 after casting, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage.

Come to a reading of PETER!

December 15, 2017

Peter squareAnticipating boredom and already looking for something to do over holiday break?

Everyone age 12 to 18 who may be interested in auditioning for or working on Peter and the Starcatcher is invited to read and discuss the play with director Angela Klimaytis and producer Darren Farrington on December 28.

Based on the novel written as “a grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan,” this play with music tells the thrilling adventures of a young orphan who becomes The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, and explores the origins of Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and Neverland itself.

Over four hours (with a lunch break), we’ll read this play, discuss the characters and plot, and answer questions about auditions—which will be held on January 22 and 24.

Workshop Date: Thursday, December 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: NBYT at the Berlin YMCA, 362 Main Street, Berlin
Cost: Free

Participants may bring their own copy of the play, or may share or borrow a copy at the workshop. Participants may also bring lunch or snacks, or may bring money to order pizza or other food from a nearby restaurant.

Participation is not required for anyone planning to audition in January. To pre-register for the workshop or get more information, email info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.