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Spring Classes Beginning Soon!

March 6, 2017

Stage PerformanceSpring classes begin on Saturday, March 25, at NBYT’s new studio theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center located at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

Stage Performance Skills,
Section I: Ages 6 – 10

Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Stage Performance Skills,
Section II: Ages 8 – 12

Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
8 weeks, $100

NBYT’s Stage Performance classes focus on building the skills that make actors better stage performers—and even better presenters and speakers. They’re ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older students who want to enhance their skills or who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for NBYT’s productions.

In eight-week terms, drama games and scenes from world folk tales, fairy tales, and fables are used to teach character development, storytelling, voice, movement, and how to perform in front of an audience. Older and experienced students work on scenes with a greater focus on character development and script analysis; the emphasis this spring for the older class will be on building ensemble skills. Both classes end with a “share day” performance” for family and friends.

Improv, Sections I & II: Ages 10-18
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
8 weeks, $100

Participants 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.

Returning students are challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices. Students age 12 and older who have taken at least one year of improv may register for the advanced section. A short performance is held at the end of the final class.

For a Registration Form to download and mail, please click here.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org.

Join NBYT for “SOMETHING WONDERFUL!”

March 4, 2017

king-and-i-logoOn SUNDAY, JUNE 4, NBYT will host a group trip to see THE KING AND I at the Bushnell in Hartford at 6:30 PM.

THE KING AND I is the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of 2015 that the New York Times described as “breathtaking and exquisite.” One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in Bangkok in the 1860s, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher whom the King brings to Siam to tutor his wives and children.

NBYT has a limited number of front balcony seats for $55 each. To join us, email darren@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 to reserve your seats before Monday, May 8. Tickets may also be purchased online. Please note that tickets purchased online through must be exchanged for a ticket for admission to the Bushnell; NBYT will provide this ticket.

On SATURDAY, JUNE 3, NBYT will host a BROADWAY CONNECTION MASTER CLASS in “Triple Threat Technique” for ages 10 and up from 9 AM to 12 noon with a performer from THE KING AND I who will come to NBYT.

Broadway Connection provides students the opportunity to work in a positive, familiar, and intimate environment with current Broadway performers. The Master Class includes a warm-up and technique work in acting, singing and dancing, and finishes with a Q & A session in which participants are encouraged to ask about education, auditions, working on Broadway, traveling with productions, and the excitement of performing every night!

The three-hour Master Class costs $40 and will be limited to twenty-five students.  Parents may join for the Q&A and to take photos. To register, email darren@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115. Payment should be made at the time of registration, and may be delivered, mailed, or made online.

Participants are welcome to attend the performance, the master class, or both. Registration for both is offered at a discount cost of $85. To register for the class, purchase tickets to the performance or both, payment may also be made online by clicking on this link.

Hakuna Matata!

March 1, 2017

lk-coming-soon-logoNBYT invites you to “Feel the Love” and have “no worries” for our summer musical this year!

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, and other favorites in The Lion King Jr, Disney’s stage adaptation for young performers based on its own film and Broadway hit. Join as Simba journeys away from Pride Rock and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. In addition to the lead roles, an ensemble will create the animals and landscape of the African pridelands, deserts, and jungles!

Registration is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 14, from any town, and space is limited. (Upper age restrictions are required by Disney Theatricals.) Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from July 3 through July 28 (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. 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 28, 29 and 30.

The cost per child is $400 dollar, and participation includes a free show shirt and two tickets to any performance. Pre-registration and a deposit in the amount of $100 may be made through PayPal (using a PayPal account of any credit card) by clicking on the link below.Pay Now button

Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 14, the theater 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 $100.

For more more program details and registration forms to download and print, visit the Summer Program page of the NBYT website or call 860-515-8115.

Also coming this summer is “Summer Shorts”—four one-week programs for ages 5 through 14 for those who aren’t able to be with us for four weeks, or those who’d like a short introduction to creating theater! More details coming very soon!

New Paid Internships with NBYT

February 20, 2017

Beginning this spring, NBYT is offering internships for ages 16 and up to assist on productions and in educational programs. Internships may include one to two-weeks working on technical production for a performance, up to four-weeks working on the summer production (this year The Lion King Jr), or longer opportunities in educational programs. We’ll continue to use interns in productions and classes beginning in the fall.

Interns may assist with warm-ups, instruction, rehearsals, and other activities; may assist with set design, building, or painting, with costume and/or prop making and coordination, or with load-ins and load-outs; may assist with sound, lights, and technical production; and/or may assist Directors, Stage Managers, Teaching Artists, and other adult staff in supervising younger program participants.

All interns must be reliable, punctual, and responsible for their own transportation. Stipends paid will vary depending upon the time commitment involved. Interns will also gain valuable experience in theater and leadership, and—because NBYT is a nonprofit organization—may be able to receive credit from schools or other organizations requiring community service hours. Training and career guidance is also offered, and interns may receive academic credit when allowed by schools.

To apply, please contact Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by email at jobs@nbyt.org. The initial contact should include:

  • Contact information as well as school and grade level or education level
  • Period of interest (summer, spring or fall classes, or a specific production)
  • Areas of interest (if any, such as theater education, technical theater, design, directing, stage management, or general production)
  • Experience in theater
  • Experience, if any, working with or supervising children ages 5 through 14
  • Expectations of the internship and career goals

A resume may be included, but is not required.

Show Us What You’ve Got…or Come See What We’ve Got

February 9, 2017

2017-logo-2Save the date on the evening of MARCH 18 to join NBYT in celebrating its LUCKY SEVENTH birthday!

You Can’t Do THAT at NBYT! is a Birthday Party-Celebration-Entertainment-Once a Year Event!

The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash mocktail bar, raffles, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, THE LION KING JR!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Raffle drawings will follow intermission.

NBYT kids, teens, parents, and staff! Do you want to perform? You can show off a talent that we don’t usually get to see at NBYT. Or you can recite a monologue or sing a song (as a solo, duet, or with a small group) that we just shouldn’t do—something from a role that you’re totally wrong for or something (kid-friendly of course) from a show that we’d never do! We’ll also have a group chorus number that we’ll rehearse on Wednesdays, March 1, 8, and 15 from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

To participate as a performer, email Angela Klimaytis at aklimaytis@gmail.com or call 860-515-8115. Let us know if you have a song or other act that you’d like to perform or if you just want to sing with a chorus (because we need you too)! Auditions for individual and small groups will be held on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. All performers must audition or contact us by that date—no exceptions!

What’s that? You’re not a performer? That’s great too—and this year there’s no admission fee for anyone!  Donations will be accepted of course, and all proceeds from donations, drink sales, and raffle ticket sales will benefit NBYT programming.

Casting Mark Twain!

January 30, 2017

mark-twainNew Britain Youth Theater is seeking an adult or teenage actor to play Mark Twain in a production of The Prince and the Pauper. The play is a theatrical version of the Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home in Redding, Connecticut, during the final years of the author’s life there. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out the story of the Tudor Prince Edward and a look-alike peasant. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a writer whom he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The remainder of the cast are young actors ages 8 through 15.

Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)) and some flexibility with the rehearsal schedule can be accommodated. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7.

To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. A prepared monologue is optional, but all those auditioning will be asked to read from the play. Non-union actors only can be considered (unless a waiver is available), and a small stipend may be available.

Bring NBYT to Your School!

January 27, 2017

Education logoThis blog post not only tells you how to bring an NBYT educational program to a classroom or school auditorium—it tells you how to make that happen for FREE!

For seven years, NBYT has provided educational and performance programs in schools, after school, and out of school time for children and teens from preschool through high school. The theater’s literacy-based educational programs promote social, emotional, and creative development. Programs are based upon National Core Arts Standards, and the curriculum is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts. Programs have been offered through school districts in New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, and in Hartford schools through Hartford Performs.

dr-seussOne of our most popular classroom programs is Bringing Books to Life! This 40-60 minute program combines an introductory acting class with story-time as children engage in listening, discussing, and performing to better understand the themes of a book and how actors can bring the book’s story to life on stage. Students use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to pantomime characters and actions which are included in bringing the chosen book “to life.” The stories of Dr. Seuss—with their many wild characters and busy action—lend themselves particularly well to this program, and we book many classroom visits on and around Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) on March 2.

logo-2017This spring, NBYT is also bringing a touring performance to schools! In this performance, The Cinderella Project, the Cinderella from the fairy tale that most of us know best meets and learns a lesson from Cinderella-like characters from around the world—even a male “Cinderella” from an Irish folk tale! The 30-40 minute performance can be accompanied by a talkback discussion with students and study guides for teachers or counselors. NBYT is currently booking performances on Friday mornings in April and May.

To book either of these programs or to learn about others, email education@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Now, about those free performances in schools! Share this post on Facebook, retweet it on Twitter, or reblog it with a link back to this post, and you’ll get one entry in a contest to bring a free program to a school anywhere in Connecticut. Entries are unlimited. You must also email education@nbyt.org with your name, the way that you shared the post (so we can confirm), and the school that you’d like to receive the program. There will be one winner for Bringing Books to Life (for a single classroom or grade level, to be scheduled this year subject to availability) and one winner for a performance of The Cinderella Project (for a single performance in a school auditorium, gym, or other performance space, to be scheduled on a Friday morning in April of May or this year subject to availability). All entries must be submitted by February 28 at midnight. No purchase is required to win, and winners will be notified early in March.