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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!

 

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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.

Join NBYT in a World of Pure Imagination!

May 18, 2018

Wonka logoIt’s not too late to for children and teens ages 5 through 16 to be a part of NBYT’s 2018 summer musical, Willy Wonka Jr!

This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, includes songs from the 1971 film and a score of new songs as it follows poor young Charlie Bucket and four insufferable brats on their visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory! In addition to the lead roles, an ensemble will create the Chocolate Factory workers including the adorable, hysterical, and judgmental Oompa Loompas!

Registration for the full four-week program is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 16, from any town, and space is limited. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from July 2 through July 27 (except July 4). Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children who register will be cast in the show, but auditions will be scheduled in June to place actors in roles. (Children may also choose not to audition, and they’ll be cast in the ensemble.)

Over the course of the program, the cast will rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes to be used in the show. Rehearsals and performances will be held at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Performances will be held on July 27, 28 and 29.

The cost per child is $450. A 25% deposit is due at registration with the balance due by June 1. (This fee is higher than participation in productions during the school year in order to bring together the staff to produce a musical in just four weeks and to pay that staff for availability during daytime hours.) Participation includes a show t-shirt for each actor and two complimentary tickets per family. There are no additional registration or costume fees, but actors may be asked to provide some basic costume pieces and their own shoes. Family volunteerism for production help and at final rehearsals and performances is welcome and encouraged, but not required.

Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 16, NBYT offers an opportunity for a limited number of children ages 5 and 6 to join the program during the final week and be part of the cast. As with the full program, all children who register will perform in the show. Cost for this one-week program is $120.

To register for either the full four-week program or the one-week for younger performers, click on the “Golden Ticket” below!

Golden Ticket

We’re thrilled to have our summer musical featured in Camp Navigator magazine. Check out our four-page spread on pages 18-21!

For more program details and answers to other questions, email info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Join NBYT for an Interactive Mystery Party!

April 24, 2018

Big Top Murder

CALLING ALL ENTERTAINERS, SLEUTHS & OTHER FUN SEEKERS!!!

Join NBYT for an Interactive Mystery and some Murderously Fun Fundraising!

Desperate to bolster his circus from a dog-and-pony show to a spectacle that will rival Ringling, Harold Hargrove’s dire attempts to lure audiences and show-stopping attractions have created rivalries that extend beyond the center ring.

As the pressure builds, a murder is committed that steals the show… and you are left to un-cover the culprit before the final act.

Was it the raging ringmaster in an attempt to clean up the spectacle? The talented tight rope walker whose fall took them out of the limelight? A revolting roustabout with revenge in their veins? Or possibly a possessive performer whose death-defying demeanor went too far…

In an intense world of illusion and intrigue, you must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the grand finale!

Event: MURDER UNDER THE BIG TOP
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 (Register by May 27)
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: $25
Ages: 10 – 18
Food: Pizza, Drinks and Circus-themed treats provided
Location: NBYT at 362 Main Street in Berlin

Please make checks payable to NBYT with a note labeled Murder Under The Big Top. Payment made be made in person, by mail to PO Box 306, New Britain, CT 06050, or online by clicking the link below. Please include the same and age of attendee.

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Please direct all questions about this event to Ruth Thibodeau Kelly at ruth@nbyt.org.

The UNDER THE BIG TOP game and script is from Night of Mystery (www.nightofmystery.com ) and is the property of Night of Mystery. 

 

 

Program Book Volunteer Wanted

April 2, 2018

Logo (letters only)

NBYT is in search of a volunteer Program Book Editor to edit and prepare its program books for printing. Responsibilities include editing and laying out production information, cast lists, cast and staff bios, program ads, and other announcements.

Program books are currently prepared in Microsoft Publisher, but we’re open to the work being done in another program. Brief meetings or conversations may be necessary, but most of the work can be done independently and at home.

Applicants of any age (including students, parents, grandparents) may apply, but those applying should have some editing and graphic design experience (school papers and projects count) and must be able to meet firm deadlines. Although this is a volunteer position, the Program Book Editor will receive free tickets to NBYT performances. Also, because NBYT is a nonprofit organization, students applying may be able to receive community service credit hours from schools or other organizations requiring volunteerism.

To apply, please send an email to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at jobs@nbyt.org. If possible, please attach some sample of simple graphic design work. No phone inquiries please.

NBYT’s 2018-19 Season!

March 26, 2018

2018-19 posterSix months ago, NBYT was chosen by the editors of Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater. This wasn’t a popularity contest, and it wasn’t a recognition that NBYT is the biggest, oldest, or most financially stable children’s theater in the state—we’re none of those things. But we were chosen as the best. We believe that we received that recognition because we work hard, because we do our best, and because we try to expand what it means to be a children’s theater.

Sure, we do Annie and The Lion King and all the children’s classics, but we’ve also done three Shakespeare plays, American classics by Arthur Miller and Thornton Wilder, an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper set in Mark Twain’s attic in Connecticut, musicals that have run on Broadway for years or for just days, and original plays by local theater artists. Our next season will again be a combination of known and loved classics, scripts that will challenge us, favorite books adapted for the stage, an original production, and a Broadway musical for young actors.

Our first production of the season will stretch the limits and the minds of the Teen Company. Based on the 1998 attack and death of Matthew Shepard, The Laramie Project was written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project—and, if we can get a financial sponsorship to cover costs, a member of that company may come to work with our cast. Auditions will be held in August, and the cast will be kept small. Because of the subject matter, the ages for this production will be 16 to 20 (parents of younger teens may speak to the director if their children would like to be involved). The production will open on October 12—the twentieth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death.

Our second production, our holiday show in December, will be an original musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit written by our own musical director, Angela Klimaytis. Angela directed and produced this show at Mooreland Hills School last December, and she is licensing it to NBYT for a bigger, more developed production that will include children and teens ages 6 to 16.

In the spring, NBYT will perform Charlotte’s Web. This will be a production of the dramatic version of E.B. White’s classic children’s book about sacrifices made for new and cherished friends. Ages for this production will be 6 to 12.

The Teen Company’s spring production will be William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Our past productions of Shakespeare have been a twentieth-century (1967 to be exact) Romeo and Juliet, an eighteenth-century pre-Revolutionary War Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a futuristic post-nuclear Macbeth. In our Tempest, it will be a nineteenth-century Connecticut whaling ship that will be wrecked on a remote Atlantic island inhabited by a sorcerer, his daughter, and mystical spirits and creatures. Performances will be outdoors on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art, with an additional performance potentially at Mystic Seaport.

Finally, our summer musical in 2019 will be Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. If schedules work out, we may have one of the Broadway company members come to teach us some of the choreography and to talk about his experience performing in the show on Broadway.

There it is! Another ambitious season is planned—and we hope that you’ll join us for one or more productions!

A New NBYT!

March 26, 2018

At NBYT’s Eighth Birthday Bash on March 24, two big announcements were made. This first was about the future of New Britain Youth Theater.

Logo (letters only)One of the most wonderful things about New Britain Youth Theater 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 and Berlin, and we’ve brought educational programs to schools in New Britain, Plainville, Bristol, Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury, and Torrington.

Sometimes though, change is necessary. A few parents and participants had asked if NBYT’s announcement was going to be that the theater is closing its doors. We’re glad to say that we are not. At least we hope not. There is one big change coming though—and that’s going to be our name. For eight years, we haven’t been bound by a single location for our performances and programs. We haven’t been bound by where children and families come to us from. We haven’t been bound by how we allow children and teens to be involved both onstage and backstage. And we haven’t been bound in who we allow to participate in our programs—in fact striving to make programs as inclusive and accessible as we can is part of who we are. So, at a meeting in February, the NBYT board of directors voted to change the theater’s name to No Boundaries Youth Theater. Conveniently, there’s no change needed in our website address, no change in our email addresses, and no change in the quality programs that we’ll keep striving to provide. The name change will reflect that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that serves much more than a single town. We expect that the name change will also aid efforts to market programs and performances and to raise funds outside of New Britain.

NBYT will always be a part of New Britain, and our next season (which is our next announcement) will be performed in New Britain and other towns as we’ve done in the past. We’ll be rolling out the name change—and a new website—over the next couple of months. Stay with us to see what exciting adventures lie ahead!