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Bring NBYT to Your School!

January 27, 2017

Education logoThis blog post not only tells you how to bring an NBYT educational program to a classroom or school auditorium—it tells you how to make that happen for FREE!

For seven years, NBYT has provided educational and performance programs in schools, after school, and out of school time for children and teens from preschool through high school. The theater’s literacy-based educational programs promote social, emotional, and creative development. Programs are based upon National Core Arts Standards, and the curriculum is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts. Programs have been offered through school districts in New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, and in Hartford schools through Hartford Performs.

dr-seussOne of our most popular classroom programs is Bringing Books to Life! This 40-60 minute program combines an introductory acting class with story-time as children engage in listening, discussing, and performing to better understand the themes of a book and how actors can bring the book’s story to life on stage. Students use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to pantomime characters and actions which are included in bringing the chosen book “to life.” The stories of Dr. Seuss—with their many wild characters and busy action—lend themselves particularly well to this program, and we book many classroom visits on and around Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) on March 2.

logo-2017This spring, NBYT is also bringing a touring performance to schools! In this performance, The Cinderella Project, the Cinderella from the fairy tale that most of us know best meets and learns a lesson from Cinderella-like characters from around the world—even a male “Cinderella” from an Irish folk tale! The 30-40 minute performance can be accompanied by a talkback discussion with students and study guides for teachers or counselors. NBYT is currently booking performances on Friday mornings in April and May.

To book either of these programs or to learn about others, email education@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Now, about those free performances in schools! Share this post on Facebook, retweet it on Twitter, or reblog it with a link back to this post, and you’ll get one entry in a contest to bring a free program to a school anywhere in Connecticut. Entries are unlimited. You must also email education@nbyt.org with your name, the way that you shared the post (so we can confirm), and the school that you’d like to receive the program. There will be one winner for Bringing Books to Life (for a single classroom or grade level, to be scheduled this year subject to availability) and one winner for a performance of The Cinderella Project (for a single performance in a school auditorium, gym, or other performance space, to be scheduled on a Friday morning in April of May or this year subject to availability). All entries must be submitted by February 28 at midnight. No purchase is required to win, and winners will be notified early in March.

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