Winter Classes at NBYT!

Stage PerformanceWinter classes begin on Saturday, January 7, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center located at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

Stage Performance, Section I: Ages 6 – 10
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Stage Performance, Section II: Ages 8 – 12
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
8 weeks, $100

NBYT’s Stage Performance classes combine the instruction of drama classes with the fun of being in a show! 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 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 term ends 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

Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop

rj-logo-2In preparation for the spring production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, NBYT is offering a Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop on Sunday, January 22.

The workshop will cover some basic training of stage combat including safely fighting, falling, and using fake stage weapons. Connecticut actor and fight choreographer Rob Richnavsky will lead the workshop for NBYT.

Rob Richnavsky holds a BA in theater from Columbia College Chicago, has been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors since 2005, and is trained in all eight weapons offered by the society.  He also has achieved a second degree black belt in Ketsu-ka and a first degree black belt in Taekwondo. In addition to working locally, he has worked in Chicago and New York.

Workshop Date: Sunday, January 22
Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Location: NBYT at the YMCA, 362 Main Street, Berlin
Ages: 11 and up (adults welcome if space allows)

Current and past NBYT actors and new participants are all welcome to register whether they intend to audition or participate in Romeo and Juliet or not.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art in June. The NBYT production will be set in 1967 in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Auditions for the play will be held on February 20 and 22, and a short monologue will be required. Free monologue preparation workshops will be held on February 13 and 15.

Participation in workshops is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition. To register or get more information, email or call 860-515-8115.

Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage?

logoNew Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31, April 1 and 2.

Peter Rabbit Is Lost! is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. The play is written by Rae Johnson and will be directed by Brooke Ferguson and Angela Klimaytis.

Boys and girls between ages 6 and 9 are encouraged to audition. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage.

Open House and Painting Party!

christmas-cookies2Over the next few weeks, NBYT will be moving to a new space for its classes, offices, and small performances! We’ll be at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin—as the main tenant in the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center. (School programs and performances will continue in New Britain, so we’ll always have a presence there too.)

Our new space will have a small, black box performance space, a classroom, an arts and crafts room (that may double as a waiting area), a shared kitchen, and an office. There are also five (adult size!) bathrooms so actors and audience won’t have to share when we have performances. We hope to have the new space ready for Saturday classes to begin on January 7!

In order to have our space ready—and to let you get a sneak peek at it—we’re having an Open House/Painting Party/Holiday Cookie party on Saturday, December 17, from 9 AM to 3 PM! Stop in, see the space, bring some cookies or other holiday treats to share, and maybe pick-up a brush or roller to help us get ready!

We’d also appreciate the donation of any moving boxes, boxes or bins to permanently keep props and supplies in, and painting supplies. Storage at the new space is limited, so we’re also looking into purchasing either a storage unit or large shed to keep on the property; if anyone has any recommendations for that, we’d appreciate that too.

An RSVP for the party and painting isn’t required, but we’d like to have an idea of who’s coming. RSVP’s may be emailed to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at