Season Announced for 2016-17!

2016-17 season runnerNBYT is working to prepare flyers and registration forms and update its calendars and website for auditions, classes, and other programs coming in the new season!

Saturday classes in Stage Performance and improv will continue, and a new musical theater dance class will be added! SquishyTown Asylum, NBYT’s teen improv troupe, and the Select Chorus will also return.

The homeschool enrichment program on Tuesdays will focus on Italian fairy tales, commedia dell’arte, physical comedy, and creating strong characters. New daytime homeschool classes in improv and music will also be offered. Auditions for homeschooled high school students and college students for a touring production will also be held early in the school year. This production and many other new educational outreach programs will be promoted to schools and community organizations in the fall.

Fall productions will focus all of our energy on a big holiday musical production, and special productions for younger children and teens will come in the spring! (Previously announced productions of Godspell and The Brothers Grimm The Gnome will be considered for following seasons.) Here are productions for the season!

Elf the Musical Jr
December 2016 (auditions in September for ages 6-18)
A holiday musical, based on the hit film, about Buddy the elf and his adventure from the North Pole to New York City to find out who his true family is. An opportunity for younger children, ages 4 and 5, to appear on stage may also be added.

Peter Rabbit
April 2017 (auditions in January for ages 6-9)
Peter Rabbit and his friends from many Beatrix Potter books will come to life in a new and original adventure!

The Prince and the Pauper
May 2017 (auditions in January for ages 8-14)
A theatrical retelling of the Mark Twain classic in which Twain himself leads a group of children in his home in playing out the story of two look-alikes from very different backgrounds

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
June 2017 (auditions in February/March for ages 12-18)
Shakespeare’s tragic love story will be performed outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and  the play will be updated to 1967 as a nod to the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Workshops leading up to auditions will include roundtable readings of the play, stage combat, and auditioning for Shakespeare. Rehearsals will include discussions of the history and culture of 1967.

The Lion King Jr
July 2017 (registration to begin in March for ages 5-14)
Disney’s blockbuster Broadway musical, based on the award-winning film, about Simba the lion cub and his rise to succeed his father as king.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for a season of mischief, mystery, classics, history, laughs, and love! Watch for details on fall classes and auditions to be posted very soon!

Save the Date — And Plan Your Acts!

YCDT4 logoSave the date on the evening of March 19 to join NBYT in celebrating its SIXTH birthday!

You Can’t Do THAT at NBYT! is a a Celebration-Entertainment-Once a Year Event!

Performances this year will include musical and non-musical entertainment including members of NBYT’s teen troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. Gift certificates to NBYT will be raffled including one for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical! And of course we’ll have birthday cake and other desserts! We’ll also bring back the cash mocktail bar!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Raffle drawings will follow intermission.

NBYT staff, parents, kids, and teens! Do you want to perform a song (as a solo, duet, or with a small group) that we just shouldn’t do at NBYT? Something from a role that you’re totally wrong for? Or something (kid-friendly of course) from a show that we’d never do? Or maybe kids and staff, staff and parents, or kids and parents or other adults performing together? Or maybe you’d like to perform something else—a dance, an instrumental performance, a reading, stand up comedy—be creative and create an act of your own! We’ll also have one or two chorus numbers that we’ll rehearse on a couple of days early in March.

To participate as a performer, email or call 860-515-8115. Let us know if you have a song or other act that you’d like to perform or if you just want to sing with a chorus (because we need you too)! Auditions of individual and small group acts will be held on Wednesday, March 2, or at other times by appointment.

What’s that? You’re not a performer? That’s great too. Tickets will be $10 for individuals, and families of three or more are only $25! All proceeds will benefit NBYT programming.

OUR TOWN: Production and Audition Information

Logo 2OUR TOWN is a 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913 through everyday events in the lives of its citizens.

Wilder used several theatrical devices, setting the play in the actual theater where it is being performed, and having several characters speak directly to the audience. The play is traditionally performed without a set (other than two tables, chairs, and a few minimal pieces standing in for other furniture and locations), and the actors typically mime their actions without the use of props. Although period costuming was originally used and often still is, the play is now performed just as frequently in modern dress to emphasize its timelessness.

Characters (in order of appearance)

STAGE MANAGER – A narrator, commentator, and guide through the play who is on stage for most of the script. He or she joins in the action of the play periodically, as the reverend at the wedding, the soda shop owner, a local townsperson, and speaking directly to Emily after her death. There are many lines and a few long monologues. It’s possible to split the part between two or more actors, but our preference is to cast one actor in the role.

EMILY WEBB – She grows from a precocious teenage girl through her wedding to George Gibbs and to her early death.

GEORGE GIBBS – He is the boy next door, is a very likable young man, a star baseball player, wants to be a farmer, and is in love with Emily. He starts as an irresponsible teenager who matures over time and becomes a responsible husband, father and farmer.

FRANK GIBBS – George’s father. The hard working town physician, who goes out to tend to his patients at all hours.

JULIA GIBBS – George’s mother. She dreams of going to Paris, but doesn’t get there. She laster dies while visiting her daughter in Ohio.

CHARLES WEBB – Emily’s father. Editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel.

MYRTLE WEBB – Emily’s mother. Serious, crisp, and pragmatic.

JOE and SI CROWELL – Local paperboys. Joe’s intelligence earns him a full scholarship to MIT where he graduates at the top of his class.

SIMON STIMSON – The choir director and church organist. He is troubled and cynical, and is still bitter and cynical beyond the grave.

HOWIE NEWSOME – The milkman, and a fixture of Grover’s Corners.

REBECCA GIBBS –George’s spirited younger sister.

WALLY WEBB – Emily’s younger brother.

PROFESSOR WILLARD – A rather long­winded lecturer.

LOUELLA SOAMES – A gossipy townswoman and member of the church choir.

CONSTABLE WARREN – The policeman who works very hard to keep law and order in Grover’s Corners.

JOE STODDARD – The undertaker overseeing Emily Webb’s funeral.

SAM CRAIG – A nephew of Mrs. Gibbs who left town to seek his fortune. He returns to town after twelve for Emily’s funeral.

Additional ensemble roles, some with a few lines, may be double cast—meaning that someone may play those roles and another role.

Roles of the Gibbs and Webb family will be cast as written; all other roles may be male or female. Age will be less important than the proper demeanor for each character. Although the script is sometimes played in a folksy New England way with accents typical of New Hampshire in the early 1900s (especially for the Stage Manager), our cast will not use accents and will focus instead on a sincere, unsentimental determination to tell their universal story.

AUDITIONS will be Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, beginning at 6 PM. Actors should prepare a 10-20 line monologue from a 20th Century American play, and will also read sides from the script. Callback auditions may be scheduled if necessary.

REHEARSALS will also be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Rehearsals will include some workshop days in pantomime, improv, and ensemble building. Rehearsals will also include significant time on building characters and understanding their relationships to each other.

PERFORMANCES are planned for June 24, 25 and 26 at Hole in the Wall Theater in downtown New Britain.

Auditions Announced for PENNY & THE PIRATES and HONK! JR

AuditionsHot on the heels of two successful productions, Winnie-the-Pooh and A Christmas Carol, New Britain Youth Theater is announcing auditions for two new shows to be performed in the spring—Honk! Jr for ages 8 to 14, and Penny & the Pirates for ages 6 to 9.

Penny & the Pirates is an original play, by the writers of last season’s Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel, about a young girl who joins a band of pirates on an adventure to find buried treasure! Auditions for children ages 6 through 9 are on Monday, January 25, and Thursday, January 28 at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain (next to the library).  Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. and no preparation is required. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays, but are subject to change. The production will be performed at the same location on April 8, 9, and 10.

Honk! Jr is a “quackingly good” musical adaptation, by the writers of new music for Broadway’s Mary Poppins, of The Ugly Duckling, one of the most beloved fables about the challenges and victories of being different. Auditions for children ages 8 through 14 are on Thursdays, January 14 and 21, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Children auditioning should prepare a musical theater song and bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on April 29, 30 and May 1.

Boys and girls of all levels of experience are welcome for both productions. All those auditioning will meet in groups with the director and will be asked to read or repeat lines from the play (and will sing for Honk! Jr). To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email Pre-scheduled auditions at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75 for Penny & the Pirates and $100 for the musical Honk! Jr. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.

Auditions for WHAT IF…?, a new Teen Company Musical Revue

What if logoThis past summer, teens were invited to meet with NBYT Musical Director (and resident voice and piano instructor) Angela Klimaytis to plan a musical revue for the 2015-16 season. The result of those summer meetings is What if…?: A Musical Theater Revue.

What if…? is a 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 will be musically arranged and directed by Angela Klimaytis. Songs will include solos, duets, small groups, and full-cast numbers performed by the ensemble.

NBYT will hold auditions for What if…? on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6 and 7, at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain (next to the library). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. For those cast, rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The production will be performed at in February 2016.

Participation is open to 13 to 19 year-olds from any town. Those auditioning should prepare 16 measures of a ballad or 32 measures of an up-tempo song, preferably from musical theater, and they should bring sheet music. (If this is a first audition, or you’re uncertain what to prepare or bring, please plan to sing a few lines of a song that you sing well and that will be fine!)

To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No teen or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in helping backstage.