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Join NBYT for an Interactive Mystery Party!

April 24, 2018

Big Top Murder


Join NBYT for an Interactive Mystery and some Murderously Fun Fundraising!

Desperate to bolster his circus from a dog-and-pony show to a spectacle that will rival Ringling, Harold Hargrove’s dire attempts to lure audiences and show-stopping attractions have created rivalries that extend beyond the center ring.

As the pressure builds, a murder is committed that steals the show… and you are left to un-cover the culprit before the final act.

Was it the raging ringmaster in an attempt to clean up the spectacle? The talented tight rope walker whose fall took them out of the limelight? A revolting roustabout with revenge in their veins? Or possibly a possessive performer whose death-defying demeanor went too far…

In an intense world of illusion and intrigue, you must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the grand finale!

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 (Register by May 27)
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: $25
Ages: 10 – 18
Food: Pizza, Drinks and Circus-themed treats provided
Location: NBYT at 362 Main Street in Berlin

Please make checks payable to NBYT with a note labeled Murder Under The Big Top. Payment made be made in person, by mail to PO Box 306, New Britain, CT 06050, or online by clicking the link below. Please include the same and age of attendee.

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Please direct all questions about this event to Ruth Thibodeau Kelly at

The UNDER THE BIG TOP game and script is from Night of Mystery ( ) and is the property of Night of Mystery. 




Program Book Volunteer Wanted

April 2, 2018

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NBYT is in search of a volunteer Program Book Editor to edit and prepare its program books for printing. Responsibilities include editing and laying out production information, cast lists, cast and staff bios, program ads, and other announcements.

Program books are currently prepared in Microsoft Publisher, but we’re open to the work being done in another program. Brief meetings or conversations may be necessary, but most of the work can be done independently and at home.

Applicants of any age (including students, parents, grandparents) may apply, but those applying should have some editing and graphic design experience (school papers and projects count) and must be able to meet firm deadlines. Although this is a volunteer position, the Program Book Editor will receive free tickets to NBYT performances. Also, because NBYT is a nonprofit organization, students applying may be able to receive community service credit hours from schools or other organizations requiring volunteerism.

To apply, please send an email to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at If possible, please attach some sample of simple graphic design work. No phone inquiries please.

NBYT’s 2018-19 Season!

March 26, 2018

2018-19 posterSix months ago, NBYT was chosen by the editors of Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater. This wasn’t a popularity contest, and it wasn’t a recognition that NBYT is the biggest, oldest, or most financially stable children’s theater in the state—we’re none of those things. But we were chosen as the best. We believe that we received that recognition because we work hard, because we do our best, and because we try to expand what it means to be a children’s theater.

Sure, we do Annie and The Lion King and all the children’s classics, but we’ve also done three Shakespeare plays, American classics by Arthur Miller and Thornton Wilder, an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper set in Mark Twain’s attic in Connecticut, musicals that have run on Broadway for years or for just days, and original plays by local theater artists. Our next season will again be a combination of known and loved classics, scripts that will challenge us, favorite books adapted for the stage, an original production, and a Broadway musical for young actors.

Our first production of the season will stretch the limits and the minds of the Teen Company. Based on the 1998 attack and death of Matthew Shepard, The Laramie Project was written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project—and, if we can get a financial sponsorship to cover costs, a member of that company may come to work with our cast. Auditions will be held in August, and the cast will be kept small. Because of the subject matter, the ages for this production will be 16 to 20 (parents of younger teens may speak to the director if their children would like to be involved). The production will open on October 12—the twentieth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death.

Our second production, our holiday show in December, will be an original musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit written by our own musical director, Angela Klimaytis. Angela directed and produced this show at Mooreland Hills School last December, and she is licensing it to NBYT for a bigger, more developed production that will include children and teens ages 6 to 16.

In the spring, NBYT will perform Charlotte’s Web. This will be a production of the dramatic version of E.B. White’s classic children’s book about sacrifices made for new and cherished friends. Ages for this production will be 6 to 12.

The Teen Company’s spring production will be William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Our past productions of Shakespeare have been a twentieth-century (1967 to be exact) Romeo and Juliet, an eighteenth-century pre-Revolutionary War Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a futuristic post-nuclear Macbeth. In our Tempest, it will be a nineteenth-century Connecticut whaling ship that will be wrecked on a remote Atlantic island inhabited by a sorcerer, his daughter, and mystical spirits and creatures. Performances will be outdoors on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art, with an additional performance potentially at Mystic Seaport.

Finally, our summer musical in 2019 will be Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. If schedules work out, we may have one of the Broadway company members come to teach us some of the choreography and to talk about his experience performing in the show on Broadway.

There it is! Another ambitious season is planned—and we hope that you’ll join us for one or more productions!


March 26, 2018

At NBYT’s Eighth Birthday Bash on March 24, two big announcements were made. This first was about the future of New Britain Youth Theater.

Logo (letters only)One of the most wonderful things about New Britain Youth Theater is how inclusive and far-reaching our company has been. Children and teens have come to our programs from nearly sixty towns throughout Connecticut and from all eight of the state’s counties. We’ve performed in New Britain and Berlin, and we’ve brought educational programs to schools in New Britain, Plainville, Bristol, Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury, and Torrington.

Sometimes though, change is necessary. A few parents and participants had asked if NBYT’s announcement was going to be that the theater is closing its doors. We’re glad to say that we are not. At least we hope not. There is one big change coming though—and that’s going to be our name. For eight years, we haven’t been bound by a single location for our performances and programs. We haven’t been bound by where children and families come to us from. We haven’t been bound by how we allow children and teens to be involved both onstage and backstage. And we haven’t been bound in who we allow to participate in our programs—in fact striving to make programs as inclusive and accessible as we can is part of who we are. So, at a meeting in February, the NBYT board of directors voted to change the theater’s name to No Boundaries Youth Theater. Conveniently, there’s no change needed in our website address, no change in our email addresses, and no change in the quality programs that we’ll keep striving to provide. The name change will reflect that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that serves much more than a single town. We expect that the name change will also aid efforts to market programs and performances and to raise funds outside of New Britain.

NBYT will always be a part of New Britain, and our next season (which is our next announcement) will be performed in New Britain and other towns as we’ve done in the past. We’ll be rolling out the name change—and a new website—over the next couple of months. Stay with us to see what exciting adventures lie ahead!


Register for Spring Classes!

March 16, 2018


It’s almost spring (we hope!) and new spring drama classes will begin in April at NBYT! Saturdays see the return of Stage Play, Stage Performance Skills, and Improv. All-Abilities classes will now be offered on Thursday evenings.


All-abilities programming includes those children—as well as others who may choose to participate—in a program that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each of them to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities.

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm or 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages 8 – 18 (April 19 – June 7)

The one-hour class will include drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, instruction of stage performance skills, and rehearsal of short scenes. Students who continue into the second hour of the class will focus on rehearsing short-plays for performance.

Program development and the first year of all-abilities programming have been funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. 


Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Ages 5 – 8 (April 14 – June 9)

From the Northeast to the Southwest to Pacific Islands and throughout our country, the United States has a rich history of Native American folklore. Drama games and scenes based on some of these folk tales 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.

Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
Ages 9 – 14 (April 14 – June 9)

The vocal choices that actors make help to create interesting characters! In addition to developing vocal and dialect choices for characters in scenes, students will meet a guest music teacher who will introduce the elements of sound and voice. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
Ages 10 – 16 (April 14 – June 9)

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 and develop longer scenes. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.


Private acting coaching, lessons, and audition preparation are available with NBYT Teaching Artists on a weekly or one-time basis. Voice and piano lessons are also offered by NBYT’s Music Director.

To register for All-Abilities or Saturday Classes, click below!

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The cost of each one-hour class is $100 per student for each 8-week term. The cost of the two-hour all-abilities class is $150.

Students within one year of the age requirements may be allowed to register with approval of the instructor and Executive Director.

All classes meet at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115 or email

Broadway’s THE LION KING returns to Connecticut!

March 1, 2018

Lion King photo 2Disney’s THE LION KING is making a triumphant return to Hartford, and NBYT has tickets!

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, NBYT will host a group trip to see the Broadway touring company of THE LION KING at The Bushnell in Hartford at 6:30 PM.

More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.

NBYT has a limited number of middle mezzanine seats for $70 each if paid by March 31. To join us, speak to Darren Farrington at a rehearsal, email, or call 860-515-8115 and reserve your tickets today!

NOTE:  Tickets are transferable, but there can be no exchanges or returns permitted. Please ensure you have the date available before purchasing tickets.


Registration Begins for Summer!

February 28, 2018

Wonka registration logoNBYT’s 2018 summer musical is Willy Wonka Jr!

This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, includes songs from the 1971 film and a score of new songs as it follows poor young Charlie Bucket and four insufferable brats on their visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory! In addition to the lead roles, an ensemble will create the Chocolate Factory workers including the adorable, hysterical, and judgmental Oompa Loompas!

Registration is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 16, from any town, and space is limited. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from July 2 through July 27 (except July 4). Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children who register will be cast in the show, but auditions will be scheduled in June to place actors in roles. (Children may also choose not to audition, and they’ll be cast in the ensemble.)

Over the course of the program, the cast will rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes to be used in the show. Rehearsals and performances will be held at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Performances will be held on July 27, 28 and 29.

The cost per child is $450. A 25% deposit is due at registration with the balance due by June 1. (This fee is higher than participation in productions during the school year in order to bring together the staff to produce a musical in just four weeks and to pay that staff for availability during daytime hours.) Participation includes a show t-shirt for each actor and two complimentary tickets per family. There are no additional registration or costume fees, but actors may be asked to provide some basic costume pieces and their own shoes. Family volunteerism for production help and at final rehearsals and performances is welcome and encouraged, but not required.

Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 16, NBYT offers an opportunity for a limited number of children ages 5 and 6 to join the program during the final week and be part of the cast. As with the full program, all children who register will perform in the show. Cost for this one-week program is $120.

To register for either the full four-week program or the one-week for younger performers, click on the “Golden Ticket” below!

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We’re thrilled to have our summer musical featured in Camp Navigator magazine. Check out our four-page spread on pages 18-21!

For more program details and answers to other questions, email or call 860-515-8115.