STUART LITTLE Coming to NBYT!

PosterNBYT will perform Stuart Little, based on the children’s classic by E.B. White, on May 1, 2 and 3, 2015, at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain.

Stuart Little is the story of a mouse born into an ordinary New York City family. Stuart’s adventures, both great and small, are brought to life as an ensemble cast of children plays multiple roles—Stuart’s family, their cat Snowbell, Margalo the bird, a giant dog, a car, and other people and things—in the life of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a big people’s world. The stage adaptation keeps all of the charm and adventure of the original story by E.B. White, author of other titles including Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan. The book was also the basis for a popular 1999 film and sequels. The NBYT production is directed by Kristianna Smith.

Stuart Little will be performed at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (enter by way of Huber and Nye Streets). Performances are Friday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Auditions for STUART LITTLE

Auditions 3UPDATE: Due to the snow and closures throughout the state (AGAIN and AGAIN!), auditions for Stuart Little are postponed to Thursday, February 5. Anyone who can’t attend that date is asked to come on Tuesday, February 10, at 6 pm. Everyone who auditioned should plan to attend a first meeting and rehearsal on Tuesday, February 10, from 7 to 8 pm. 

Auditions have been scheduled for Stuart Little. To schedule an audition, email auditions@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Series and Ages: Kids on Stage! (ages 8-14)

Description: This stage adaptation about a mouse born into an ordinary New York City family keeps all of the charm, wisdom, and joy of E.B. White’s original book. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought to life as an ensemble cast plays many roles in the adventures of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world.”

Director: Kristianna Smith

Audition Dates: Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27 (come one date only)

Audition Times: Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Audition Place: NBYT at Holmes Elementary School, 2150 Stanley Street, New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)

Audition Prep: Nothing required to prepare; group audition; introductory games; repeating lines or reading from the play; comfortable clothes recommended

Characters:
Narrators
Stuart Little, a mouse
Mr. Little, Stuart’s father
Mrs. Little, Stuart’s mother
George, Stuart’s brother
Neighbors
Doctor
Snowbell, the Littles’ cat
Bureau Chief
Dogs
Woman with Newspaper
Passengers
Bus Driver
Dentist
Leroy, a bully
Referee
Spectators
Reporter
Margalo, a bird
Zeke, a trashman
Hank, a trashman
Malty, a cat
Babette, a cat
Tige, a cat
Angie, a cat
Pigeon
Mr. Clydesdale, a dentist patient
Miss Swenson, a dental assistant
Automobile Driver
Storekeeper
Harriet Ames, a girl
School Superintendent
School Children
Telephone Repairman

Rehearsal Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (subject to change); additional rehearsal during tech week (final week before performances)

Rehearsal Times: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Performance Dates: May 1, 2 and 3

Performance Place: Holmes Elementary School

Participation Fee: $75, financial assistance available

Happy New Year!

NBYT has announced new auditions, workshops, and classes for the new year, continuing to offer the best in community and educational theater programs for children and teens in Connecticut for a fifth season!

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Kids on Stage! and Little Kids on Stage! Auditions

NBYT will audition children ages 6 through 9 for Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel on Monday, January 19, and Tuesday, January 20 at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain. Auditions both days are at 6:00 p.m. Unlocked is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale with a crew of unexpected characters from other stories. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. The production will be performed at the same location on April 17, 18 and 19.

Auditions for ages 8 to 14 will be held for Stuart Little on Monday, January 26, and Tuesday, January 27 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. Stuart Little is adapted by Joseph Robinette from the classic book by E.B. White. An ensemble cast will play human and animal roles in the story of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world” in New York. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Holmes School. The production will be performed there on May 1, 2 and 3.

All auditions are open to residents of any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is welcome. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to repeat lines or read from the script. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in production and backstage positions.

Teen Company Shakespeare Workshops

An Early-Winter Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop is a three-week workshop for ages 12 through 18 in preparation for the spring production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Participants will explore characters, language, and themes of Shakespeare’s comedy. The workshop will emphasize understanding the characters and plot, understanding the setting of the original script and modern productions, discussing the language and poetry of the text, and recognizing the comedy in the text. Participants will also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, and may be involved in cutting the text for performance. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition for the play in March.

Workshop meetings will be held on Saturdays, January 10, 17, and 24, from 10:00 a.m to noon. The program cost is $40 for the full three weeks.

Stage Performance Classes in Acting, Improv and Musical Theater

NBYT will begin new classes on Saturday, February 7. All classes meet at NBYT at the YMCA at 50 High Street. Classes conclude with short share-day performances for families and friends.

An introductory acting class, Stage Play, is open to children ages 5 through 8. Stage Performance is offered in two sections: one for ages 8 and up, and a second section for ages 12 and up. This term, Stage Performance I will focus on storytelling and world folktales, and students in Stage Performance II will work with classical scenes. Stage Play and Stage Performance I meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and cost $100 for the ten-week session. Stage Performance II is held from 9:30 through 11:00 a.m. and costs $130 for ten weeks.

In Musical Stage Performance, for ages 10 and up, NBYT musical director Angela Klimaytis works with students on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. The spring term will focus on early roots of musical theater. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate. Musical Stage Performance meets on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon and costs $100 for the ten-week session.

Improv in Performance is designed to give students age 10 and up a basic understanding of improvisational theater. The group works with short-form improv games to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, but experienced improv performers are also encouraged to participate. Improv meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. and costs $100 for ten weeks.

In addition to Saturday classes, NBYT holds a Homeschool Enrichment program on Tuesdays. The program meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning February 3. Each term, the group creates a performance piece of scenes and songs. The spring performance will focus on world folk heroes and legends.

To register for any class or program, call 860-515-8115 or email info@nbyt.org. More information about programs and the company is available online at www.nbyt.org.

CHARLIE BROWN and FROSTY! Sneak peek photos!

These photos from last night’s first dress rehearsal of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman are too cute not to share!

A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman will be performed together at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. And there’s no additional service charge for online purchases!

Shopping online this weekend? Don’t forget the Charlie/Frosty tickets!

The cast rehearsing the sing-along at the end of the show!
The cast rehearsing the sing-along at the end of the show!

Tickets are selling faster than usual for NBYT’s A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman! It’s just over one week until performances, and you can purchase your tickets on Brown Paper Tickets—without any online service charge!

A Charlie Brown Christmas faithfully follows the story of the 1965 television special in which Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang learn the true meaning of Christmas. Frosty the Snowman is based on the original 1950 song in which the magical snowman “came to life one day!” Both one-acts with music will be performed together. The cast will be joined onstage by a chorus at the end of performances for a Christmas sing-along with the audience!

Snoopy's doghouse of one of several set pieces built for the show!
Snoopy’s doghouse of one of several set pieces built for the show!

A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman will be performed at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets