Register for Fall Classes!

Registration has begun for NBYT’s fall classes! All classes are held at NBYT’s NEW studio space at South Church at 90 Main Street in New Britain. Please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with questions.

Drama classes begin on October 5 (please note the change), and they include:

STAGE PLAY: AFRICAN TALES
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Ages 5 – 9

From deserts, jungles, savannas, and some of the world’s oldest civilizations, journey to a continent rich in history and stories. Drama games and scenes based on African tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: MONOLOGUES VS. DIALOGUES
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 AM, Ages 9 – 14
Actors will compare and develop the skills needed to perform monologues and dialogues as they rehearse scenes of each type. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 AM – 12:50 PM, Ages 9 – 16
Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts.Returning students will be challenged to build their skills, develop longer scenes, and lead some games themselves. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.

Homeschool enrichment classes continue with a new schedule on Tuesdays, beginning September 17, with the following classes:

HOMESCHOOL PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Ages 8 – 14
A performance and production class for children ages 9 through 14 is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater.
In Fall 2019, the theme will be will be original (and sometimes frightening!) fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others! As always, we’ll end with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Ages 8 -16
Students will get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group is introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, and participants will be able to take what they learn and use it to not only become better actors, but also better listeners and speakers. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.

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!

Register for Winter Classes!

Registration has begun for NBYT’s winter classes! All classes are held at NBYT’s Rehearsal Studio at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with questions.

Drama classes begin on January 19, and they include:

STAGE PLAY: GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND DRAMA
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Ages 5 – 9

From mythology to the beginnings of drama and comedy, Ancient Greece is rich with stories for the stage. Join us to play gods and goddesses and to learn how theater began! Drama games and scenes will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice,and movement. Older and returning students will be challenged to further develop roles and begin script analysis. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: “SPEAK THE SPEECH”
(Performing Difficult Language)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 AM, Ages 9 – 14

From Shakespeare to scripts written in dialect to tongue-twisting words in stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many theater scripts are filled with difficult-to-perform language. Learn how to tackle, understand, and master these scripts as focus on the written word. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 PM, Ages 10 – 16
Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts.Returning students will be challenged to build their skills, develop longer scenes, and lead some games themselves. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.

Homeschool enrichment classes continue on Tuesdays with the following classes:

HOMESCHOOL PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Ages 8 – 14
A performance and production class for children ages 8 through 14 is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater.
In Spring 2019, the theme will be GET IN, CHARACTER! We’ll begin with a brief history of theater and with some discussion about how actors develop characters. Then each student will choose a character from classic or modern theater, and will thoroughly develop character choices through elementary script analysis, rehearsal, and games and activities designed to build character choices. Short monologues will be rehearsed, costumes will be designed and assembled, and students will write or devise scenes between characters from wildly different worlds! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Ages 8 -16
Students will get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group is introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, and participants will be able to take what they learn and use it to not only become better actors, but also better listeners and speakers. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.

Fall Programs and Auditions at NBYT

 

No Boundaries Youth Theater begins its ninth season with another ambitious offering of classes and auditions!

The new season kicks off with auditions this month for a December production of an original musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. Based on the 1922 classic children’s book by Margery Williams, the play tells the story of a toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to be real. With a script, music, and lyrics written specifically for young performers, this magical story explores themes of friendship, love, and overcoming insecurity—all coming to life in a world with plenty of talking toys, a magical nursery fairy, real rabbits, one very real boy, and many others!

Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit are on Monday and Wednesday, September 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 7, 8 and 9. To schedule an audition, visit www.nbyt.org, call 860-515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org.

Also this fall, NBYT will perform The Laramie Project. The most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date, The Laramie Project is the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. It’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever. Auditions have already been held, and the play will be performed by older teen and 20 year-old actors of the company on October 19, 20 and 21.

Theater classes and homeschool enrichment programs also begin in September at NBYT. On Saturday mornings beginning September 22, the theater will offer classes in stage play (ages 5-9), acting (ages 9-14), and improv (ages 10-16). Younger children will stage Central American Stories. Drama games and scenes based on Mexican and Central American folktales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical storytelling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on comic timing in a class title Make ‘em Laugh. The theater’s popular improv class welcomes new students and challenges returning students to build new skills. Each eight-week class term ends with a short performance open to family and friends.

On Thursday evenings beginning September 20, all-abilities classes begin and are open to all children ages 9 through 14, including those of any physical, mental, sensory, or emotional ability. The class begins with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. The group then develops and rehearses an original play or short scenes for performance.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, September 18, and include a program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 8 to 14, and classes in music (ages 8-16) and improv (ages 8-16). This term, the performance class will produce an original murder mystery, and they’ll discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage. The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

The theater can be reached for questions or registration at 860-515-8115 or info@nbyt.org. More information is also available on the theater’s website at www.nbyt.org.

NBYT Classes, Homeschool and Auditions

New Britain Youth Theater continues its eighth season with January classes, homeschool programs, and auditions for children and teens. New this year is an all-inclusive class open to children and teens of all abilities.

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Classes in acting (ages 5-14) and improv (ages 10-16) begin on Saturday, January 20. Each eight-week term ends with a class performance open to family and friends. Younger children will stage Scandinavian Stories. Drama games and scenes based on tales from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on Movement and Physical Choices in Stage Performance Skills, which will include sessions in musical theater dance and stage combat. The theater’s popular Improv class welcomes new students and challenges returning students to build new skills.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, January 23, and include a new program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 7 to 14, and classes in music (ages 8-16) and improv (ages 8-16). This term, the performance class will learn about and create a Vaudeville show including scenes, songs, and slapstick comedy from the popular entertainment form of the early 20th Century.

A new Stage Performance for All class begins on Monday, January 22, for ages 8 to 18 that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each student to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities. The theater’s new all-inclusive programming is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

Also this month, NBYT is holding auditions for two upcoming productions in a season sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation. Children ages 6 to 12 may audition for The Brothers Grimm: The Gnome, and children and teens ages 12 to 18 may audition for Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Gnome logoBased on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the story of The Gnome includes three princesses, three knights in armor, a five-headed dragon, a king and queen, a jester, and a gnome named Gnathan who causes hilarious mischief for them all! The original script features comedy styles from vaudeville to slapstick to improv, and is reminiscent of comedy legends from the Three Stooges to Monty Python. Auditions for actors ages 6 to 12 are on Monday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 17. Monday auditions will be held at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley Street. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m.

Peter squarePeter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling play with music, described as a “grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan,” that tells how a nameless, angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this coming of age tale playfully explores the depths of greed and despair—and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Auditions for actors ages 12 to 18 are on Monday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 24, at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m.

For both productions, boys and girls of all levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will participate in some introductory activities, and will be asked to take direction and read from the play. For more details and to register for a class or schedule an audition for either production, visit www.NBYT.org. Questions may be directed to info@nbyt.org or call (860) 515-8115.