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Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017

Give logoAt this time of year and always, NBYT is thankful for so many people and organizations who have helped to make our theater successful. Our staff, board members, and parent volunteers are tireless. Our children and teens onstage and backstage are the best on any stage! We’re grateful for supportive school districts and schools— especially Holmes Elementary School in New Britain where we’ve performed many of our shows. We’re grateful for organizations like Hartford Performs which brings NBYT and other arts programs into schools. We’re grateful for other supportive and collaborating arts organizations—like the New Britain Museum of American Art where we performed this past summer. We’re very grateful for Connecticut Magazine—which selected NBYT as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in its September 2017 “Best of Connecticut” issue. Of course we’re grateful for our donors. And we’re grateful for everyone who has been a part of making NBYT what it is over the past eight years.

Since 2010, NBYT has served over 6,000 children and teens in school programming in and around New Britain, homeschool programming, drama classes, and performances by and for children and teens. NBYT is a professionally-run community and educational theater which produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. Programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Performance Skills 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 participants have come from nearly sixty different towns in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. Over 24,000 people have attended hundreds of performances and share day presentations. As reasons for returning to NBYT, parents cite the quality staff and programs, the low cost of participation, and the gains in confidence that their children achieve.

But providing low-cost theater programs to children and teens isn’t free. Participation fees and tickets costs pay for only part of the set, costume, and prop expenses of each production. NBYT also pays salaries and stipends; office, program, and storage space rent; royalties and script costs; class and craft supplies; insurance; marketing costs; and more. It’s important to us at NBYT to continue to provide children and families with programming at the lowest cost possible. To do this, NBYT relies on donations from a generous community.

A donation of any amount can help. Just $10 will help to pay for a child’s script. A donation of $25 will help to pay for a child’s costume in a production. A gift of $50 will pay for design supplies for a class to make props and costumes. And $100 or more could help to pay for royalty fees, scripts, set pieces, or props for a production. And because NBYT is nonprofit, all gifts are fully tax-deductible.

There are many other ways to support NBYT too. We know well that our families and patrons already support us with participation fees, ticket purchases, program announcements, and more.

  • Attend our production of Annie Jr on December 8, 9 or 10. It’s “the worlds favorite family musical!”
  • Sign up for a class or homeschool program that begins in January. (New class offerings are our on website already; homeschool programs will be posted soon—our homeschool performance group will be creating and performing a vaudeville show in the spring!)
  • Sign up or tell a friend about NBYT’s new all-inclusive programming.
  • Plan to audition in January for a spring production—The Brothers Grim: The Gnome (ages 6-12) or Peter and the Starcatcher (ages 12-18). (Audition dates and details will be announed soon.)
  • Come to Something Rotten—either the Broadway Connection workshop at NBYT or the Broadway touring production at the Bushnell (or both!) in February!
  • Order a hoodie, pullover, or jacket for the holidays.
  • Shop through Amazon Smile and choose NBYT to receive a percentage of sales proceeds, or donate a car or other vehicle to NBYT.
  • Tell a friend or family member why NBYT is important to you and your children and that this organization is deserving of their support as well.

To make a tax-deductible donation online, you may use PayPal (to nbyt2010@gmail.com) or any major credit card.

PayPal donation

Donations may also be mailed to: NBYT, P.O. Box 306, New Britain, CT 06050. NBYT also gladly accepts donations through workplace giving campaigns. Please ask employers about matching grant possibilities as well.

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