Looking for an Unusual Prop or Costume?

As community theaters and schools begin planning for new seasons and productions, may we remind you that NBYT has collected quite a lot of stuff (to be general) in our nine years of producing theater?

If you’re looking for an unusual costume or set piece—especially if it’s from a show we’ve produced—contact our Costume and Props Coordinator Rae Johnson at rae@nbyt.org or Executive Director Darren Farrington at darren@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Some new additions to our collection are a parrot head umbrella, chimney sweepers, a trick hatstand (to pull from Mary’s bag), and costumes (including Mary and Bert’s Jolly Holiday change) from Mary Poppins. Our last season has also given us a large slop trough and a wooden sign that says “Zuckerman’s Famous Pig”—we think you can guess what that’s from!

Some other items in our stock include:

  • Peasant and orphan costumes for children
  • Princess, knight, and period costumes for children
  • Matching shirts and accessories for elves, Oompa Loompas, or other ensembles
  • Animal costumes and hats
  • Trunks and treasure chests
  • A spinning wheel (for Sleeping Beauty or Rumpelstiltskin)
  • A vintage-looking wheelchair (for Annie or The Secret Garden)
  • Tables, desks, and chairs
  • Portable staging, lighting, and sound systems
  • Flats and platforms
  • Free-standing doors and windows

Looking for something else that you can’t find or just don’t want to buy? Check with us first!

Come Celebrate With Us!

Save the date on March 16 to join NBYT in celebrating its Ninth Birthday! We’re planning nine events between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and you’re invited to join us!

We’ll begin in the morning with an open house and open classes during our regular Stage Play, Stage Performance, and Improv times. In the afternoon, we’ll hold special classes and workshops in Family Improv, Tiny Tots Theater Playtime, Set Decoration and Design, and Puppetry with guest artists from Elmwood Productions. At night we’ll have not one but two parties—a “Get Us Home!” Kick-off Party  (with performances and the announcement of our 10th anniversary 2019-20 season) at 7 p.m. and an Open Mic Party at 8 p.m.! Along with fun and entertainment, we’ll have raffles, birthday cupcakes, and other snacks and drinks!

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00 a.m. Open House and open Stage Play class at 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ages 5-9)*
  • 10:40 – 11:40 a.m. – Open Stage Performance class (ages 9-14)*
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Open Improv class (ages 10-16)*
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Family Improv (all ages welcome)*
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Tiny Tots Theater Playgroup (ages 3-4 with parent or caregiver)*
  • 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Set Decoration and Design (ages 5-18)*
  • 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. – Puppetry with Jon Bristol of Elmwood Productions (ages 5-18)*
  • 7:00 p.m. “Get Us Home” Kick-Off Party
  • 8:00 p.m. Open Mic

Registration is encouraged for starred events. Everything all day is free! Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will benefit the NBYT “Get Us Home” Fund to help NBYT find, pay for, renovate, and move to a new space.

Do you want to perform at open mic? Email darren@nbyt.org or nicki@nbyt.org  or just talk to us at a rehearsal or class to let us know what you’d like to do. All kinds of acts are encouraged—and kids and parents, students and staff all are welcome to perform!

Have Your Kids Outgrown Last Winter’s Clothes?

Winter clothesOur Christmas productions of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman will be pretty easy to costume. The easy-to-get costumes aren’t items that we already have in stock though. But maybe you do…if your kids have outgrown some winter outerwear and other clothes.

Here’s a list of what we’re looking for:

  • Winter coats, hats, and scarves in bright, bold colors and without any logos
  • Solid color t-shirts and dresses in bright, bold colors (again without any logos)
  • Black pants
  • Black shoes

After our productions, we might choose to keep some of the items in stock (especially the pants and shoes) or we can return or donate them if you’d like. If you have any of these items that you can donate or loan to NBYT as costumes, let us know.

If your child is planning to audition for Charlie Brown and Frosty (or for any of our shows) and you’re willing to help with costumes (or sets, or props, or programs, or you name it), please let us know too!

Greens, Greens, and Nothing but Greens (and Some Browns Too)

Into the Woods set designGreens, greens and nothing but greens:
Parsley, peppers, cabbages and celery,
Asparagus and watercress and
Fiddleferns and lettuce!

Prologue, Into the Woods

We’re getting excited for our summer musical production of Into the Woods Jr (there are only a couple of spots left in the program!) and as we’ve done before, we’re planning some art projects for the cast to help make the set.

This year, we’re going to ask the cast’s help to make leaves. Hundreds of leaves. Maybe even thousands of leaves!

We’re also asking for donations of greens. Not vegetables of course, but green paper or fabric. Any scrap or recycled pieces would be great. They can have some other color in them, maybe even some writing—but they should be predominantly green. The result will be a folk art patchwork of green trees that the cast will have helped to create.

In addition to greens, we’re also collecting recycled brown paper bags. Strips of the bags will become the bark of our trees.

Cast members who have green paper or fabric or brown paper bags to donate can bring them to auditions or rehearsals. Anyone else wishing to donate some can contact us by email or phone.

Into the Woods Jr will be performed at Raymond Hill School, located at 345 Linwood Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets will soon be available for purchase.

NBYT Teen Company to Offer Production and Design Workshops

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, NBYT is offering a series of Theater Production and Design Workshops to ages 12 through 18. An eight-week series will begin on October 13, and a ten-week series will begin in January.

The workshops are a way for teens to learn more about directing, producing, set and lighting design, costume design, make-up effects, and more about all of the elements that go into getting a show on stage. We’ll answer questions like:

  • How does a director analyze a script and work with designers and technical staff?
  • What is a costume plot? How about a lighting plot or CAD drawings?
  • How do designers use color, pattern and style to create a mood, time, and place?
  • How does a make-up artist create different character looks and special effects?
  • How does a producer bring it all together and estimate how much the show will cost?

Although design, production and technical theater are must-know subjects for anyone interested in directing, producing and work behind-the-scenes, a little knowledge also gives actors an edge whether they’re working with community theaters or going on to professional careers on stage.

The workshops will be offered on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Trinity-on-Main in downtown New Britain. Cost for the eight-week series is only $40 when prepaid—five bucks for each two hour class! Individual workshops may also be taken at $10 for a single class in producing, directing, make-up or lighting; two-week workshops in set design and costume design are offered for $15.

Here is the schedule of weekly topics:

  • Production Management — October 13
  • Directing — October 20
  • Make-up Design — October 27 (Just in time for Halloween! Like that?)
  • Lighting Design — November 3 (POSTPONED TO December 15)
  • Set Design — November 10 & 17
  • Costume Design — December 1 & 8

Each individual workshop will include some script analysis (using an upcoming NBYT production or another of each student’s choice), a little discussion about what goes into each project, and a lot of hands-on activities! Anyone with a little knowledge or none at all about theater is welcome to attend!

For more information and registration information, please call 860-515-8115 or email info@nbyt.org.