KIDS ON STAGE! Summer Program Openings Still Available

NBYT summer theater programs still have openings for ages 4 through 12. A one week program begins for ages 4-6 on June 27. Children ages 7-12 can choose two or four-week programs running in July.

NBYT will hold the program at Jefferson Elementary School on Horse Plain Road in New Britain near the Farmington border. Jefferson offers a large auditorium, a cafeteria for lunches (children should bring their own), and wide outdoor space including a playground for breaks. The location right off Route 84 is great for commuters too. All programs will be staffed by two experienced teaching artists with degrees in theater arts, plus a teaching assistant who is a theater major at CCSU. The program is capped at twenty children for ages 7-12, and twelve children for ages 4-6.

In NBYT’s Twisted Tales, children will “twist” or re-imagine classic stories and fairy tales to perform on stage.  Children will help to create scripts, costumes, props and sets for two to three short plays based on classic fairy tales or children’s stories. Some ideas we’ve had are Snow White and the Seven Ninjas or The Three Little Pigs in Space, but we hope children will come with many ideas of their own.

The summer program will be held in three sessions. A Junior Session for ages 4 through 6 begins on Monday, June 27, and runs through Friday, July 1. Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for this youngest group, and the cost is $100.00 per child. All children will be part of a “share day” performance held on stage for families and friends on the last day of the program.

In July, two sessions will be held for ages 7 through 12. Session One will meet weekdays from Tuesday, July 5, through Friday, July 15. Session Two will meet weekdays from Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 29. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for this age group. Children can register for two weeks or all four, and stories and activities will be different in each session. A final performance for families and friends will be held on the last day of each session. Cost for the program is $160.00 for Session One and $175 for Session Two (the difference because Session One won’t meet on Monday, July 4). For both sessions—all four weeks—the cost is only $300.

To reserve a space, or for more information, please call 860-515-8115.

Summer Program Added for Ages 4 – 6!

NBYT is adding an additional week to its Twisted Tales summer program just for kids ages 4 through 6!

Twisted Tales Junior will be held from Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1. Program hours will be 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The cost for the one-week program is just $100.

Just like the program for ages 7 through 12, children will perform mixed-up classic stories, and will help to create some costumes, sets and props for each short play! Each session will also include acting games and activities. A final performance for families and friends will be held on the last day of the program. Adjustments are made just for the younger kids’ ages.

NBYT teaching artists don’t count on award-winning performances from kids this age, but we do try to make them comfortable on stage and make them work together as a group. We also begin to teach storytelling and playing characters—as opposed to just playing.

Also like the program for older children, the junior week will be held at Jefferson Elementary School in New Britain. Located near the Farmington Border on Horse Plain Road, Jefferson offers a 360-seat theater, a cafeteria for snacks (children should bring their own), and a playground for short outdoor breaks.

More details and a downloadable registration form are available on the NBYT website. For other questions, email info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

NBYT Announces Summer TWISTED TALES Program at Jefferson Elementary School

Snow White and the Seven…Ninjas? The Three Little Pigs…in Space?

NBYT will twist some tales when it holds its Summer 2011 Kids on Stage! program at Jefferson Elementary School. In this half-day program, children will re-imagine classic stories to rehearse and perform on stage. Children ages 7 through 12 will help to create scripts, costumes, sets and props for three one-act plays based on classic fairy tales or children’s stories that they’ll choose themselves! A final performance for families and invited guests will be held at the end of each session.

The program will be held at Jefferson Elementary School in New Britain. Located near the Farmington Border on Horse Plain Road, Jefferson offers a 350-seat theater, a cafeteria for lunches (children should bring their own), and a playground for outdoor breaks. It’s an ideal location for a large number of kids!

Children can register for either two weeks or four weeks. More details and a downloadable registration form are available on the NBYT website. For other questions, email info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

KOTR on the air, and a summer in the books

NBYT debuted this summer with a four-week, half-day Kids on Stage program which culminated in a performance of radio plays from the 1930s and 40s titled Kids’ Old Time Radio. The radio dramas and comedies included Flash Gordon, Five Minute Mysteries, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Baby Snooks. Children voiced the characters, and also created sound effects using objects they themselves had selected. The young performers also danced to In the Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra with swing choreography taught by Adrienne Marie Cotter. David Sousa directed the production, and also ran the four-week program along with Denise Clapsaddle. Kids on Stage also included games, crafts, and activities from the Depression and World War II eras, as well as daily warm-ups and theater games.

Along with the Kids on Stage program at Trinity-on-Main performance space, NBYT staff led three other programs this summer. Seventy-four summer campers from the New Britain YWCA visited hour-long drama classes led by David Sousa and Darren Farrington. About forty children, ages 3 to 6, at a daycare center in Wallingford staged a Dr. Seuss story with Darren. And fifty children, from preschool through sixth grade, in a summer program at a Newington school performed Shakespeare and Seuss also directed by Darren. That program included a reading of Horton Hears a Who!, an excerpt from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and an adaptation of Twelfth Night in Seuss-type poetry—all tied together by the story of a troupe of actors performing Shakespeare and Seuss.

Altogether, NBYT and its staff reached over 170 kids in its first summer alone! Not a bad start!