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Audition for Frozen JR!

NBYT’s holiday production will be Disney’s Frozen JR! This enchanting modern classic brings Princesses Elsa and Anna to life onstage, plus Kristoff, Hans, and many others—even Sven (the reindeer) and Olaf (the snowman). The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus new songs written for the Broadway musical. An ensemble will play Townspeople, a Snow Chorus, Hidden Folk, Castle Staff, and other roles in the magical land of Arendelle!

All children and teens, ages 6 through 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. There are a number of roles for older actors, roles for girls and boys, and many featured ensemble roles. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.

Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 9 and 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m. They will be held at NBYT’s rehearsal studio at the YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Pre-audition workshops (not required to audition) are on August 28 and September 4. To register for workshops or auditions, click below.

Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song, 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 on December 13, 14 and 15.

All actors must audition and then a program registration link will be sent upon acceptance. Those cast will be asked to pay a $200 participation fee, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.

Audition for The POEtry Project

An additional night of auditions has been added on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m.

The opening production for the No Boundaries Youth Theater tenth anniversary season will be an original script created in The POEtry Project. The play will be based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809 –1849) an American writer best known for his poetry and short mystery and horror stories. Roles will include a young writer helping to prepare Poe’s Baltimore home for its public opening in 1949, the spirits of Poe and people in his life, and characters from his works.

All actors ages 13 through 20, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. Teens may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.

Auditions are on Tuesday and Thursday, September 3 and 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. They will be held at NBYT’s rehearsal studio at the YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin. To register for auditions, click below.

Actors need not prepare any material for the audition, but should come prepared to read and move. Rehearsals will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Performances will be on November 15, 16 and 17 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.

All actors must audition and then a program registration link will be sent upon acceptance. Those cast will be asked to pay a $150 participation fee, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.

Managing Director Sought

No Boundaries Youth Theater seeks a dynamic Managing Director to co-lead this award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to producing high-quality, affordable, and inclusive theater programs and productions.

The Managing Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and shares leadership of the organization with the Artistic Director. The position is responsible for general business management, budgeting and bookkeeping, hiring and personnel, fundraising and marketing with the Board of Directors, and administering programs and producing plays and musicals with the Artistic Director. The Managing Director may also be responsible for the design and creation of marketing materials and web pages.

The position is part-time with approximately ten to fifteen hours on average per week, but highest during performance weeks. Flexibility with some daytime hours is helpful, but evening and weekend availability during the performance weeks will be most important. Currently, NBYT produces five shows annually and has a few additional weekend events.

The ideal candidate will have experience in theater production, nonprofit accounting, marketing, and business management. Knowledge or the ability to quickly learn various programs for document and spreadsheet creation, bookkeeping, program registration, ticket sales, database management, email marketing management, simple graphic design and simple web design are required. Prior experience with a community youth organization is preferred.

Salary will be based on experience and skills.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, September 6, by email to board@nbyt.org. Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview with the Board of Directors. No phone inquiries please.

About No Boundaries Youth Theater

Founded in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater and selected by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017, No Boundaries Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens. The name change in 2018 reflects that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that accepts children from all towns and communities, with all abilities, and to be involved in a variety of ways both onstage and off.

NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment educational programming, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social, emotional, and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, affordable, and inclusive programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in community spaces and schools throughout Greater New Britain and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Backstage at Mary Poppins

NBYT’s Executive Director was backstage for each performance of Mary Poppins Jr to raise and lower treetops and kites and to open and close curtains.

“This was my first time working backstage since college shows. I didn’t plan to do it, but this was our first time raising and lowering set pieces in an NBYT production, and I wanted to be the one responsible if something went wrong. It kept me busy, it kept me hot (under those stage lights), and it kept me close to the cast and crew.

“I didn’t tell anyone on staff that I was breaking a backstage rule. I not only brought my phone onstage, but I had it on and I used it. Here is some of the behind-the-scenes magic that I captured. The photos in shadow were taken by cast member Ellie Kelly, with permission to use a phone onstage too.”

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.