Season Announced for 2016-17!

2016-17 season runnerNBYT is working to prepare flyers and registration forms and update its calendars and website for auditions, classes, and other programs coming in the new season!

Saturday classes in Stage Performance and improv will continue, and a new musical theater dance class will be added! SquishyTown Asylum, NBYT’s teen improv troupe, and the Select Chorus will also return.

The homeschool enrichment program on Tuesdays will focus on Italian fairy tales, commedia dell’arte, physical comedy, and creating strong characters. New daytime homeschool classes in improv and music will also be offered. Auditions for homeschooled high school students and college students for a touring production will also be held early in the school year. This production and many other new educational outreach programs will be promoted to schools and community organizations in the fall.

Fall productions will focus all of our energy on a big holiday musical production, and special productions for younger children and teens will come in the spring! (Previously announced productions of Godspell and The Brothers Grimm The Gnome will be considered for following seasons.) Here are productions for the season!

Elf the Musical Jr
December 2016 (auditions in September for ages 6-18)
A holiday musical, based on the hit film, about Buddy the elf and his adventure from the North Pole to New York City to find out who his true family is. An opportunity for younger children, ages 4 and 5, to appear on stage may also be added.

Peter Rabbit
April 2017 (auditions in January for ages 6-9)
Peter Rabbit and his friends from many Beatrix Potter books will come to life in a new and original adventure!

The Prince and the Pauper
May 2017 (auditions in January for ages 8-14)
A theatrical retelling of the Mark Twain classic in which Twain himself leads a group of children in his home in playing out the story of two look-alikes from very different backgrounds

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
June 2017 (auditions in February/March for ages 12-18)
Shakespeare’s tragic love story will be performed outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and  the play will be updated to 1967 as a nod to the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Workshops leading up to auditions will include roundtable readings of the play, stage combat, and auditioning for Shakespeare. Rehearsals will include discussions of the history and culture of 1967.

The Lion King Jr
July 2017 (registration to begin in March for ages 5-14)
Disney’s blockbuster Broadway musical, based on the award-winning film, about Simba the lion cub and his rise to succeed his father as king.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for a season of mischief, mystery, classics, history, laughs, and love! Watch for details on fall classes and auditions to be posted very soon!

New Classes, Homeschool Enrichment, and Performance Programs!

Stage PerformanceNew classes begin in February, but registration has already begun! New this term is an expanded Saturday class schedule, a select chorus, and a new homeschool enrichment program in stage design and production.

Stage Performance, Musical Theater, and Improv

New classes begin on Saturday, February 6, and run for 12 weeks. All classes meet at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. The cost is $125 per class for each 12-week term. Performance Groups (the Improv Troupe and Select Chorus) will have additional rehearsals and performances.

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

Stage Performance, Section I:  Ages 6 – 10 (9:30-10:30 am)
Stage Performance, Section II:  Ages 8 – 12 (10:45-11:45 am)

Drama games and scenes are used to teach character development, storytelling, voice, movement, improvisation, and how to perform in front of an audience. First time actors should enroll in Section I. Older and experienced students in Section II work on scenes with a greater focus on character development. The term ends with a Share Day performance for family and friends.

Musical Stage Performance, Section I: Ages 8-12 (9:30-10:30 am)
Musical Stage Performance, Section II: Ages 12-18 (10:45-11:45 am)

Focusing on a different theme or composer each term, students work with a musical director on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate.  Each term, songs will be chosen especially for the children enrolled and will also allow for short solos for all participants. Returning students will be challenged to expand their skills and vocal choices. A short performance will be held at the end of the final class.

Improv in Performance:  Ages 10-14 (12:00-1:00 pm)

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 will be 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. A short performance will be held at the end of the final class.

NBYT Select Chorus:  Ages 12-18 (12:00 – 1:00 PM)

A NEW musical performance group for experienced singers that will rehearse for at least one performance each term and may appear at community events. Open to new members by audition.

SquishyTown Asylum:  Ages 12-18 (1:00 – 2:00 PM)

NBYT’s improv troupe performs at least once each term and appears at other community events. Open to new members by audition to actors with previous improv experience.

Click here for a Registration Form to download and print for all classes and performance groups.

Homeschool Enrichment

Beginning on Tuesday, February 2, NBYT’s Performance Program for homeschooled children ages 6 through 12 will create an original performance based on 1950s sci-fi movies! Discussions about props, costumes, and sets will also include making some items for their own Share Day performance.

A new Stage Design and Production program for ages 10 through 16 will offer children and teens the opportunity to learn about and help to design and create sets, lights, props, and costume pieces for the homeschool performance and other NBYT productions. Students in this program will meet five weeks during the Performance Program hours. At the homeschool Share Day performance, they will help to run the show from backstage.

Click here for more information and a Homeschool Registration Form.

For more information about any NBYT program, feel free to call 860-515-8115 or email info@nbyt.org.

New Fall Homeschool Programs Announced!

Homeschool logoNBYT is offering two homeschool programs to begin in September! NBYT’s long-running homeschool enrichment program for ages 5 through 14 will continue on Tuesdays. A new outreach program for ages 13 through 19 will meet on Thursdays and will tour performances to schools and libraries.

Homeschool Enrichment (Ages 5-14)

In NBYT’s Tuesday Homeschool Enrichment Program, children ages 5 through 14 will rehearse and perform a scripted play for the first time this fall. The production will be The Faire Tale Zone, an original script by Rae Johnson that visits the mysterious world of some favorite fairy tales. NBYT’s music director and homeschool instructor Angela Klimaytis will add music to the script. Children are grouped by age for some scene work and activities, but groups are flexible and dependent upon enrollment. In addition to rehearsing, drama games are used to explore acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation and to develop focus and learn to work as an ensemble. Discussions about props, costumes, and sets will also include making some items for their own performance. Children ages 12 and up may also volunteer to help with design or production.

Homeschool Enrichment meets at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA (50 High Street in downtown New Britain) on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning on September 15. Time is provided for lunch which children should bring with them. The cost for the ten weeks is $195.

Homeschool Outreach (Ages 13-19)

The Thursday Homeschool Outreach Program, for ages 13 through 19, will rehearse a production to tour to elementary schools and libraries. The production will be Rewind Your Mind!, an original script about bullying that will be both fun and educational for actors and audiences. A diverse cast of actors, with or without prior experience, is encouraged to participate.

The program offers teens the opportunities to not only learn about theater and producing a performance, but also a way to serve their community. Rehearsals will be held at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA (50 High Street in downtown New Britain) on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. beginning September 17. After approximately six weeks of rehearsal, the group will begin performances which may continue through January. Performances will be scheduled primarily on Thursday mornings, but some weekends or other days may be scheduled according to participants availability. Some conflicts during the rehearsal and performance period will be manageable. Transportation must be provided by each family, not NBYT, and families be asked to help transport some simple prop, costume and set pieces as well. Actors will also help to set up props and sets at performance locations. The program participation fee is $75.

For more information or to pre-register for either program, please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

New Classes and Homeschool Programs for Fall 2015!

Fall program logoA new class schedule, a new musical theater class, and new homeschool enrichment and outreach programs are just announced for Fall 2015! Musical Theater Audition Workshops will be announced soon too, and private acting coaching, lessons, and audition preparation are now available with NBYT Teaching Artists on a weekly or one-time basis!

Registration for the programs listed below begins immediately!

Stage Play, Stage Performance, Musical Theater and Improv

Fall 2015 classes begin on Saturday, September 12, and run for 12 weeks. All classes meet at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. The cost is $125 per class for each 12-week term.

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

A Registration Form to download and mail is available by clicking here.

Stage Play:  Ages 5 – 8 (Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am)

Stage Performance, Section I:  Ages 8 – 12 (Saturdays, 10:45-11:45 am)
Fall ’15 Focus: Basic Character Choices

Stage Performance, Section II:  Ages 12 – 18 (Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am)
Spring ’15 Focus: Accents and Physical Choices

NBYT’s Stage Play and Stage Performance classes combine the instruction of drama classes with the excitement 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 practice their skills or who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for NBYT’s productions. Small-scale performances, with simple costumes and props, are held at the end of the final class and are open to family and friends at no cost.

In each section, children explore acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation in order to develop focus and learn to work as an ensemble. In Fall 2015, Stage Performance classes will focus on character choices. Section I will be introduced to basic character choices. Section II will use scenes from musical theater scripts to explore vocal accents and physical character choices.

Musical Stage Performance, Section I: Ages 8-12 (Saturdays, 12:00-1:00 pm)

Musical Stage Performance, Secction II: Ages 12-18 (Saturdays, 10:45-11:45 am)
Fall ’15 Focus: Stephen Schwartz

Students work with a musical director on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate.  Each term, songs will be chosen especially for the children enrolled and will also allow for short solos for all participants. Returning students will be challenged to expand their skills and vocal choices. A short performance will be held at the end of the final class and will be open to family and friends at no cost.

Improv in Performance:  Ages 12-18 (Saturdays, 12:00-1:00 pm)

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 will be 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 public speakers. Returning students will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices. A short performance will be held at the end of the final class and will be open to family and friends at no cost.

Homeschool Enrichment

NBYT’s Homeschool Enrichment Program for ages 5 through 14 is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January. Children are grouped by age for some scene work and activities, but groups are flexible and dependent upon enrollment. In the fall, the class rehearses and performs a scripted play; in the spring, the instructors and class develop a show of their own.

Fall 2015 Production: The Faire Tale Zone
An original script by Rae Johnson that visits the mysterious world of some favorite fairy tales!

Drama games, scenes, and music are also used to explore acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation in order to develop focus and learn to work as an ensemble. Discussions about props, costumes, and sets will also include making some items for their own “Share Day” performance. Older children can also choose a special project in performance, directing, writing, or design.

The Share Day performance, with simple costumes and props, will be held during the final class and will be repeated in the evening of the final class.

Fall 2015 Term Begins Tuesday, September 15

Hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA
Cost per term: $195

For a Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here. For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115.

Homeschool Outreach

NBYT’s new Homeschool Outreach Program, for ages 13 through 19, will rehearse a production to tour to elementary schools and libraries. The production will be Rewind Your Mind!, an original script that will be both fun and educational for actors and audiences. A diverse cast of actors, with or without prior experience, is encouraged to participate.

The program offers teens opportunities to not only learn about theater and producing a performance, but also a way to serve their community. Rehearsals will be held at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA (50 High Street in downtown New Britain) on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. beginning September 17. After approximately six weeks of rehearsal, the group will begin performances which may continue through January. Performances will be scheduled primarily on Thursday mornings, but some weekends or other days may be scheduled according to participants availability. Some conflicts during the rehearsal and performance period will be manageable. Transportation must be provided by each family, not NBYT, and families be asked to help transport some simple prop, costume and set pieces as well. Actors will also help to set up props and sets at performance locations. The program participation fee is $75.

For more information or to pre-register for either program, please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Homeschool Performance Program Beginning New Term at NBYT

Homeschool logoAlong with auditions, workshops, and Saturday classes, NBYT is beginning a new term of its homeschool enrichment performance program soon too!

NBYT’s Homeschool Enrichment Program for ages 5 through 14 is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and February. Children are grouped by age for some scene work and activities, but groups are flexible and dependent upon enrollment. Drama games, scenes, and music are used to explore acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation in order to develop focus and learn to work together as an ensemble.

Each term, the group rehearses a selection of scenes and songs around a chosen theme. Past themes have included American and world folktales; the history of theater (including Greek fables, Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte and radio plays); and land, sea and sky. Last fall, the group performed stories about American folk heroes and legends. In this next term, the children will create a performance about folk tales, heroes, and legends from around the world. The instructors begin with some scenes and music that they’ve chosen, and the children are always encouraged to contribute their own ideas too!

Discussions about props, costumes and set pieces will also include making some items for their own “Share Day” performance for family and friends! The small-scale Share Day performance, with simple costumes and props, will be held during the final class and will be repeated in the evening of the final class. Family, friends and guests are all welcome to attend!

The next term begins on Tuesday, February 3, at NBYT’s location at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. For a Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here. For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please email us at info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.