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Teaching Assistant and Volunteer Positions

August 24, 2016

NBYT seeks resumes from Teaching Assistants for homeschool enrichment and after-school theater programs in New Britain for the 2016-17 school year. Assistants will assist with warm-ups, instruction, rehearsals, and other planned activities; will support “share day” performances; and will help to supervise program participants. Assistants should be available on Tuesdays mornings and/or Mondays and Wednesdays after school. Background checks will be required. Hourly salary is dependent upon experience.

NBYT also seeks Teen Volunteers, ages 14 to 18, to assist on productions and in educational programs on Tuesdays and/or Saturday mornings. Volunteers will assist with warm-ups, instruction, rehearsals, and other activities; will assist with performances as required; and will assist Directors, Stage Managers, Teaching Artists, and other adult staff in supervising younger program participants. Although these are unpaid volunteer positions, volunteers will gain valuable experience and—because NBYT is a nonprofit organization—may be able to receive community service credit hours from schools or other organizations requiring volunteerism.

All applicants must be reliable team players and be responsible for their own transportation.

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

About New Britain Youth Theater

Founded in 2010, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens in Connecticut. NBYT provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, and offers drama classes, individual coaching and lessons, and summer programs. 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 “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Stage Performance 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 and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in schools and community spaces throughout Greater New Britain. NBYT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Roles in ELF THE MUSICAL!

August 22, 2016

LogoAuditions for Elf the Musical Jr are open to anyone age 6 to 18, and we need all of you to make this a “sparklejollytwinklejingley” show!

Roles to be cast are listed below (thanks to MTI, the show’s licencing agency). More details about the show and music are on the MTI website too. Roles are listed in approximate order of appearance in the show.

Santa Claus has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season, and it is starting to show. He is annoyed with the Elves, tired of lying to Buddy and sad that people seem to be losing their Christmas spirit. He is still the same jolly old St. Nick underneath it all, but the job is getting to him. This is a great role for a character performer who can play an older (and somewhat cranky) man while trying hard to keep his holiday spirit.

The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline.

Buddy is the perfect elf! He’s good-natured, he means well, and he’s “happy all the time.” There’s only one problem. He’s not an elf; he’s an adult human. This role is perfect for a young man who is an excellent actor and good singer who has the energetic earnestness and comedic timing that Buddy needs.

Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. This is a role for a young performer with a good speaking voice, someone who is comfortable taking command of the stage and has authority over the rest of the Elves, but always remains friendly.

Shawanda is a dependable and caring elf. She will do whatever she can to help out others, including Buddy, even though she accidentally reveals that he is a human. This is a role for a good actor with a clear speaking voice for this very important moment in the story.

Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show. A young performer with a good speaking voice and strong character choices will do the trick.

Walter Hobbs, Buddy’s real father, is so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family. He can be stern and unemotional at times, but ultimately he learns to recommit to his family. This is a role for a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, but who can also show his softer side

Deb, Walter’s secretary, has the big responsibility of keeping her boss and the whole office happy. She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone. This is a plum role for a young woman with a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic, who is a solid actor with a good speaking voice.

Emily Hobbs is Walter’s devoted wife who would prefer her husband to spend a little more time at home. She is a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic. This is a role for an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.

Michael Hobbs is the smarter-than-average son of Walter and Emily. He quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and does everything he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family.

The Security Guards are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission. These are roles for a duo that works well together and fits the bill for a tough pair.

The Saleswoman is the first person to greet Buddy as he enters Macy’s. She’s the consummate sales person: smiling, overfriendly, and always trying to sell something. This is a great ensemble role for a young woman with a little stage experience.

The Manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macy’s, he’s doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line.

Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s, but don’t be mistaken: she doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit. She’s kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and now the target of Buddy’s complete adoration. This is a fantastic role for a young woman with a strong singing voice and acting chops.

Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa. This is a good ensemble role for a performer with a loud voice.

Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He’s an employee of Macy’s who is a bit rough around the edges. Fake Santa should be played by a performer who is unafraid of being a little over-the-top and has good physical control of his body.

Policemen are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. These are perfect featured roles for two ensemble members.

Sarah is a staff member at Walter’s office. This is a nice role for a less experienced actor with a good singing voice.

Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, so this is a role for an actor with a commanding presence.

Chadwick and Matthews are staff members at Walter’s office who are doing everything they can think of to save the day and make their boss happy. These are roles for a pair of good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes.

Charlotte Dennon is a TV reporter with a big personality. She does her best to keep her professional persona in public and doesn’t like being shown up. This is a great role for a young woman with professional charisma and someone who can make strong acting choices.

Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin are on the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santa’s magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts. These are roles for two actors with nice singing voices and some acting experience to take on these small, but featured, roles.

The Ensemble includes New Yorkers, Macy’s Employees, shoppers, and some Rockefeller Center and Central Park scene-setters. A few ensemble members will have featured singing lines.

Auditions are on September 12 and 14. NBYT is also looking for teenagers to help backstage and as spotlight operators. Email auditions@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with interest.

Photos from a Summer Tea

August 19, 2016

We’re still catching up on posting photos from our performances and events this summer! (See photos from the Teen Company production of Our Town here.) Back in July, NBYT hosted an Enchanted Tea Party just before our summer production of Beauty and the Beast.

Guests at the Tea Party—over forty children and parents attended—enjoyed tea and other beverages, sandwiches, and desserts. Many of them came for the other fun—meeting Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Gaston, and other cast members from Beauty and the Beast. Children sang along with the cast, and director Brooke Ferguson read the “tale as old time.”

Thanks to all of the staff and volunteers to helped to make this enchanted event happen, especially to Board members Laurine Lynch and Lisa Rathbun.

This is also good time to remind everyone that New Britain Youth Theater offers Birthday Parties! You can book our space for an event, and you can even have NBYT staff lead the entertainment! Contact us for scheduling, pricing, and details.

 

Auditions for ELF!

August 19, 2016

LogoNBYT is kicking of its seventh season with auditions for Elf the Musical Jr, based on the film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf.

The story of Elf follows Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he was an elf, on his adventure from the North Pole to New York City to find his family and help them remember the true meaning of Christmas! (The “junior” version of the musical is slightly adapted for young actors and audience.) The production will be directed by Darren Farrington, musically directed by Angela Klimaytis, and choreographed by Chelsea Derby. The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is sponsor of the production.

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

Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 12 and 14, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71) near West Farms Mall)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare an upbeat musical theater or holiday song and 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 9, 10 and 11.

To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100, but NBYT never turns away a child or family for inability to pay, and financial assistance is available.

Our Town

August 7, 2016

Now that summer productions have ended, we’re catching up on posting photos from our summer performances and events. The first production of the summer was Thornton Wilder’s Our Town performed by the Teen Company and directed by Darren Farrington and Angela Klimaytis.

Although the story of the play takes place in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in the early 1900s, the setting of the play is a theater. The play is traditionally performed without a set (other than a few pieces of furniture), and the actors typically mime their actions without the use of props. In our production, the directors chose to use the raw space as is—making no efforts to hide that building materials and even a few old production pieces were in the space.  Although period costuming was originally used and often still is, the play is now performed just as frequently in modern dress to emphasize the timelessness of its message.

Photos are by Cheryl Lavergne. Click on individual photos for larger images.

Be a Saturday Star at NBYT!

August 5, 2016

Stage PerformanceClasses and performance groups this fall at NBYT will let your star shine in acting, music, dance, and improv! Classes begin on Saturday, September 17!

Stage Performance, Section I:  Ages 6 – 10
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Stage Performance, Section II:  Ages 8 – 12
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
8 weeks, $100

NBYT’s Stage Performance classes combine the instruction of drama classes with the fun of being in a show! They’re ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older students who want to enhance their skills or who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for NBYT’s productions.

In eight-week terms, drama games and scenes are used to teach character development, storytelling, voice, movement, and how to perform in front of an audience. Older and experienced students work on scenes with a greater focus on character development and script analysis. The term ends with a “share day” performance” for family and friends.

Musical Theater Dance: Ages 10-16
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
8 weeks, $100

A NEW class focusing on teaching non-dancers the basic skills for musical theater choreography and letting dancers with some experience brush up their steps. The class is open to anyone planning to audition for an NBYT musical production, anyone wanting to improv their dance auditions outside of NBYT, and those who just enjoy moving and dancing! Each term ends with the performance of a musical number that will highlight dance skills taught!

Improv: Ages 10-16
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
8 weeks, $100

Participants 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. Returning students are challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices. A short performance is held at the end of the final class.

NBYT Select Chorus:  Ages 12-18
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
12+ weeks, $125

A musical performance group for experienced singers—focusing on music literacy, healthy vocal habits, choral techniques, and a wide variety of repertoire of all genres—that will rehearse for at least one performance each term and appearances at community events. Open to new members by audition.

SquishyTown Asylum Teen Improv Troupe:  Ages 12-18
Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
12+ weeks, $125

NBYT’s troupe for experienced improv actors will perform at least once each term and at other community events and venues. Open by audition to new members with previous improv experience.

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All classes meet at the New Britain YMCA at 50 High Street. NBYT is located just steps from the New Britain Public Library and New Britain Youth Museum, and a short drive from Walnut Hill Park and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

For a Registration Form to download and mail, please click here.

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

Homeschool Tuesdays at NBYT!

August 5, 2016

Homeschool logoThis fall, NBYT is expanding its performing arts enrichment programming into a full day of offerings on Homeschool Tuesdays, beginning September 13!

Homeschool Repertory Players: Ages 6-12
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
100 weeks, $150

A performance and production class for children ages 6 through 12, will continue to be offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater. Discussions about props, costumes, and sets will also include making some items for their own final performances. The class will have visits from musical theater and improv teachers too!

The Fall 2016 themes will be commedia dell’arte, Italian fairy tales, and physical comedy—which will all tie in nicely for a hilarious final production!

Music: Ages 8 – 16
Tuesdays, 12:20 – 1:20 pm
5 weeks, $60

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 a safe environment that encourages them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful.

Improv:  Ages 8 – 16
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
5 weeks, $60

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. A short performance will be held at the end of the final class.

Preschool Play Day: Ages 4 – 5
Tuesdays, 9:00 – 9:45 am
5 weeks, $60

A NEW preschool program for all children ages 4 and 5 will be held on Tuesday mornings. Preschoolers will use their imaginations to become characters and retell stories both new and familiar to them. Simple costumes and props will be added for a final share day at the end of the last class.

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All classes meet at the New Britain YMCA at 50 High Street. NBYT is located just steps from the New Britain Public Library and New Britain Youth Museum, and a short drive from Walnut Hill Park and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

For a Registration Form to download and mail, please click here.

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

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