What If? A Musical Theater Revue

What if logo 2A musical revue of Broadway ballads and blockbusters from 1949 through 2015 will be presented by the NBYT Teen Company at the Hole in the Wall Theater on February 26, 27 and 28.

Last summer, members of the Teen Company were invited to meet with the show’s director, Angela Klimaytis, to plan a musical revue for the theater’s current season. The group discussed styles of musical revues, themes, and how to choose songs to include. The result of those summer meetings is What If? A Musical Theater Revue.

What If? is a theater revue of songs about characters in conflict and at crossroads—characters making choices, standing up for what they believe in, and becoming their true selves—all told through passionate, heartfelt, and sometimes even comical songs. The revue has been both musically arranged and directed by Klimaytis, with plenty of input from the teen performers themselves. Songs will include solos, duets, small groups, and full-cast numbers performed by the ensemble. As a whole, the songs follow some of life’s joys, frustrations, challenges, and heartbreaks from childhood through young adulthood.

Another exciting element of this show is its venue—Hole in the Wall Theater. NBYT has worked with many individual actors and directors who are involved with Hole in the Wall, but this is the first official collaboration between the organizations. NBYT Teen Company performances will continue there with the classic American drama, Our Town, in June.

What If? A Musical Theater Revue will be performed at Hole in the Wall Theater, located at 116 Main Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 27, at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Some song themes and lyrics may be inappropriate for young children. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at www.nbyt.org.

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Founded in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater and selected by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017, No Boundaries Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens. The name change in 2018 reflects that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that accepts children from all towns and communities, with all abilities, and to be involved in a variety of ways both onstage and off. NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment educational programming, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. 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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