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Registration open for summer production of SEUSSICAL JR!

March 14, 2012

New Britain Youth Theater’s summer production will be Seussical Jr., with roles open for children ages 5 through 14. Performances of the musical will be held on July 27, 28 and 29.

For children ages 7 through 14, rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from July 2 through 27 (except for July 4). Rehearsal hours will be 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 children in roles. 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 for the show. Rehearsals and performances will be held at Jefferson Elementary School on Horse Plain Road in New Britain near the Farmington border. Registration for the program is open to children from any town.

Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 14, NBYT is offering children ages 5 and 6 the opportunity to join rehearsals during the final week to be part of the cast for any or all of the performances. As with the full program, all children who register will perform in the show.

Based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, Seussical Jr. takes place in a world where anything is possible when favorite books and characters come to life. When Horton the Elephant goes out on a limb to save Whoville and protect the egg of his neighbor, Mayzie La Bird, adventure begins in the Jungle of Nool. It’s going to take the Cat in the Hat, the smallest of the Whos, and a flock of Seuss favorites to save their world! This “Broadway Junior” version of the script is designed specifically for children to perform.

Seussical is a fun-for-all-ages musical, even for children who have seen or performed in it before and may notice more of the dozens of references to Dr. Seuss’s characters and books. Conceived by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (book and music), along with Eric Idle of Monty Python fame, the Grammy-nominated score features a variety of musical styles, including pop, ballads, gospel, blues, and R&B.

For more program details, registration forms, and general information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115. Online registration is also available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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