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.

Register for Spring Classes!

Registration has begun for NBYT’s spring classes! All classes are held at NBYT’s Rehearsal Studio at 362 Main Street in Berlin and begin on Saturday, April 6. Please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with questions.

STAGE PLAY: VISITING JAPAN
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Ages 5 – 9

Some of the oldest theater styles still performed today come from the country of Japan! These styles will be introduced and Japanese 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.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: BACK TO THE BASICS
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 AM, Ages 9 – 14

Playing a role begins with understanding the script! In this class, young actors will learn how to read scripts to develop character choices. Older and returning students will be challenged to find line-by-line beats and objectives. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 PM, Ages 10 – 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.

Come Celebrate With Us!

Save the date on March 16 to join NBYT in celebrating its Ninth Birthday! We’re planning nine events between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and you’re invited to join us!

We’ll begin in the morning with an open house and open classes during our regular Stage Play, Stage Performance, and Improv times. In the afternoon, we’ll hold special classes and workshops in Family Improv, Tiny Tots Theater Playtime, Set Decoration and Design, and Puppetry with guest artists from Elmwood Productions. At night we’ll have not one but two parties—a “Get Us Home!” Kick-off Party  (with performances and the announcement of our 10th anniversary 2019-20 season) at 7 p.m. and an Open Mic Party at 8 p.m.! Along with fun and entertainment, we’ll have raffles, birthday cupcakes, and other snacks and drinks!

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00 a.m. Open House and open Stage Play class at 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ages 5-9)*
  • 10:40 – 11:40 a.m. – Open Stage Performance class (ages 9-14)*
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Open Improv class (ages 10-16)*
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Family Improv (all ages welcome)*
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Tiny Tots Theater Playgroup (ages 3-4 with parent or caregiver)*
  • 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Set Decoration and Design (ages 5-18)*
  • 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. – Puppetry with Jon Bristol of Elmwood Productions (ages 5-18)*
  • 7:00 p.m. “Get Us Home” Kick-Off Party
  • 8:00 p.m. Open Mic

Registration is encouraged for starred events. Everything all day is free! Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will benefit the NBYT “Get Us Home” Fund to help NBYT find, pay for, renovate, and move to a new space.

Do you want to perform at open mic? Email darren@nbyt.org or nicki@nbyt.org  or just talk to us at a rehearsal or class to let us know what you’d like to do. All kinds of acts are encouraged—and kids and parents, students and staff all are welcome to perform!

Be Impressive at Auditions!

Every actor wants to give a good impression at auditions, but here’s a secret: every director wants every actor to be impressive at auditions too! What could be better for a director than to have great choices for every role!

Because we want every actor to be prepared and at their best, NBYT is offering this FREE workshop to help young actors improve and fine-tune their audition skills.

With our youngest actors, we’ll focus on giving a good first impression and tips for reading from the script. With older actors we’ll add in choosing and preparing a monologue; coming with part of monologue memorized is encouraged but not required.

Workshop Dates: Saturday, January 12
Times: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (ages 6-12) and 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon (ages 12-20)
Location: NBYT Studio Theater at the YMCA, 362 Main Street, Berlin
Cost: Free
Instructor: Artistic Director Darren Farrington

All young actors are welcome—whether preparing for an audition at NBYT, at school, or at any other theater.

Please do register so we’re prepared for the number of participants! To get more information, email info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Register for Winter Classes!

Registration has begun for NBYT’s winter classes! All classes are held at NBYT’s Rehearsal Studio at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with questions.

Drama classes begin on January 19, and they include:

STAGE PLAY: GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND DRAMA
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Ages 5 – 9

From mythology to the beginnings of drama and comedy, Ancient Greece is rich with stories for the stage. Join us to play gods and goddesses and to learn how theater began! Drama games and scenes 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.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: “SPEAK THE SPEECH”
(Performing Difficult Language)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 AM, Ages 9 – 14

From Shakespeare to scripts written in dialect to tongue-twisting words in stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many theater scripts are filled with difficult-to-perform language. Learn how to tackle, understand, and master these scripts as focus on the written word. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 PM, Ages 10 – 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 on Tuesdays with the following classes:

HOMESCHOOL PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Ages 8 – 14
A performance and production class for children ages 8 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 Spring 2019, the theme will be GET IN, CHARACTER! We’ll begin with a brief history of theater and with some discussion about how actors develop characters. Then each student will choose a character from classic or modern theater, and will thoroughly develop character choices through elementary script analysis, rehearsal, and games and activities designed to build character choices. Short monologues will be rehearsed, costumes will be designed and assembled, and students will write or devise scenes between characters from wildly different worlds! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 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.