Our Town

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.

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NBYT

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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