Happy New Year!

NBYT has announced new auditions, workshops, and classes for the new year, continuing to offer the best in community and educational theater programs for children and teens in Connecticut for a fifth season!

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Kids on Stage! and Little Kids on Stage! Auditions

NBYT will audition children ages 6 through 9 for Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel on Monday, January 19, and Tuesday, January 20 at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain. Auditions both days are at 6:00 p.m. Unlocked is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale with a crew of unexpected characters from other stories. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. The production will be performed at the same location on April 17, 18 and 19.

Auditions for ages 8 to 14 will be held for Stuart Little on Monday, January 26, and Tuesday, January 27 at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)).  Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Stuart Little is adapted by Joseph Robinette from the classic book by E.B. White. An ensemble cast will play human and animal roles in the story of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world” in New York. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Holmes School. The production will be performed there on May 1, 2 and 3.

All auditions are open to residents of any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is welcome. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to repeat lines or read from the script. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in production and backstage positions.

Teen Company Shakespeare Workshops

An Early-Winter Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop is a three-week workshop for ages 12 through 18 in preparation for the spring production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Participants will explore characters, language, and themes of Shakespeare’s comedy. The workshop will emphasize understanding the characters and plot, understanding the setting of the original script and modern productions, discussing the language and poetry of the text, and recognizing the comedy in the text. Participants will also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, and may be involved in cutting the text for performance. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition for the play in March.

Workshop meetings will be held on Saturdays, January 10, 17, and 24, from 10:00 a.m to noon. The program cost is $40 for the full three weeks.

Stage Performance Classes in Acting, Improv and Musical Theater

NBYT will begin new classes on Saturday, February 7. All classes meet at NBYT at the YMCA at 50 High Street. Classes conclude with short share-day performances for families and friends.

An introductory acting class, Stage Play, is open to children ages 5 through 8. Stage Performance is offered in two sections: one for ages 8 and up, and a second section for ages 12 and up. This term, Stage Performance I will focus on storytelling and world folktales, and students in Stage Performance II will work with classical scenes. Stage Play and Stage Performance I meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and cost $100 for the ten-week session. Stage Performance II is held from 9:30 through 11:00 a.m. and costs $130 for ten weeks.

In Musical Stage Performance, for ages 10 and up, NBYT musical director Angela Klimaytis works with students on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. The spring term will focus on early roots of musical theater. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate. Musical Stage Performance meets on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon and costs $100 for the ten-week session.

Improv in Performance is designed to give students age 10 and up a basic understanding of improvisational theater. The group works with short-form improv games to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, but experienced improv performers are also encouraged to participate. Improv meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. and costs $100 for ten weeks.

In addition to Saturday classes, NBYT holds a Homeschool Enrichment program on Tuesdays. The program meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning February 3. Each term, the group creates a performance piece of scenes and songs. The spring performance will focus on world folk heroes and legends.

To register for any class or program, call 860-515-8115 or email info@nbyt.org. More information about programs and the company is available online at www.nbyt.org.

Homeschool Enrichment Beginning New Term at NBYT

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

NBYT’s Homeschool Enrichment Program for ages 5 through 12 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 worked with theatrical adaptations from books, poems, and verbal histories. In this next term, the children will work with adaptations from films and comics—and are always encouraged to contribute their own ideas!

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 4, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center. For a Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here. For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, please email us at info@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Happy New Year!

Continuing its most ambitious season yet, NBYT has auditions, workshops, and classes scheduled for the weeks ahead!

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Little Kids on Stage! and Teen Company Auditions

NBYT will audition children ages 6 through 9 for The Tale of Snow White on Monday, January 27, and Tuesday, January 28, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to repeat lines or read from the play. For children cast, rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays. As written by NBYT Artistic Director David B. Sousa, The Tale of Snow White follows the classic fairy tale with some fun additions, and roles include Snow White (who’s “brave and sweet and also smart”), the wicked queen, “forest creatures fierce and wild,” a prince and a huntsman, the magic mirror and servants of the queen, and of course dwarves (numbering “six or seven, but maybe nine or else eleven”). The production will be performed in Stockman Hall at Trinity-on-Main in April.

The NBYT Teen Company will hold auditions for ages 12 to 18 for Great Expectations, by Barbara Field based on the novel by Charles Dickens, on Tuesday, January 21, and Wednesday, January 22, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. Actors will also be given dialogue from the script to read at auditions. Two younger actors, ages 10 or 11, will also be cast and may audition at the same times (with no prepared monologue required). Great Expectations is based closely on Dickens’ classic novel of young orphan Pip. The production will be performed at Trinity-on-Main in April.

All auditions are open to children or teens from any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is welcome. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $60. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in production and backstage positions.

Audition Workshops

Two three-week workshops are scheduled in January for middle school and high school students (or fifth graders with permission) who’d like to prepare for an upcoming audition or improve their audition skills.

In the Audition Skills Workshop, participants will gain confidence by learning how to handle nerves, prepare themselves, and make a great impression at auditions. The workshop will cover creating resumes, preparing monologues or songs, doing cold readings, and many tips and tricks to make a difference and stand out at future auditions. The workshop will be held on January 11, 18, and 25 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with instructor Becky Beth Benedict.

In the Musical Theater Movement and Dance Workshop, participants will work with a director/choreographer on physical warm-ups, a sampling of Broadway dance styles and steps, injury prevention, and how to prepare for and get noticed at a dance audition. The workshop is perfect for the “non-dancer” to the “triple-threat” wannabe! Comfortable attire that allows the body to move freely but be seen is recommended. Dance shoes are optional, but encouraged. This workshop will be held on January 11, 18, and 25 from 11:00 a.m. to noon with instructor Alison Bogatay.

The cost of each workshop is $40 for all three weeks, and students may register for both workshops for a discounted cost of $70. For a Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here. For more information, please call 860-515-8115.

Acting, Improv, and Musical Theater Classes

New classes begin at NBYT on Saturday, February 8. All classes meet at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, and cost only $100 for ten weeks. All classes end with a short performance in the final class which is open to family and friends at no cost.

An introductory acting class, Stage Play, is open to children ages 5 through 8. Stage Performance is offered in two sections: one for ages 8 and up, and a second section for ages 12 and up. This term, Stage Performance I will focus on creating characters, and students in Stage Performance II will work with contemporary scenes. In each acting class, children explore acting techniques, voice, and movement in order to develop focus and learn to work together as an ensemble. Stage Play and both sections of Stage Performance meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In Musical Stage Performance, a choral class for ages 10 and up, NBYT musical director Angela Klimaytis works with students on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. Both new and experienced singers are encouraged to participate. Each term, songs for group performance will be chosen especially for the children enrolled and will also allow for featured solos for all participants. Musical Stage Performance meets on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Improv in Performance is designed to give students age 10 and up a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group works with many short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, but experienced improv performers are also encouraged to participate. Through improv, 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. Improv in Performance meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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

And There’s More to Come!

NBYT also has programs for homeschoolers, including an enrichment program for ages 5 through 14, and a new touring program for ages 10 and up. In the next month, we’ll also announce auditions for James and the Giant Peach and the beginning of enrollment for our summer production of Into the Woods Jr. We hope you’ll join us for one or more programs!

NBYT Launches New “Reach Out Ensemble” Homeschool Program

In association with CarPort Productions, NBYT announces the launch of the Homeschool “Reach Out” Ensemble. “Reach Out” will consist of a group of actors, ages 10 to 18, who will rehearse a short performance to tour to senior centers and other facilities in the Greater Hartford and Greater New Britain areas.

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The program is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn (or expand knowledge) about theater and how to prepare a show, but also a way to serve the community. Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. beginning on January 23rd at New Britain Youth Theater at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in New Britain.

The first scripts will be 1930s and 40s radio plays, and participants will play character roles, announcers, advertisers, and also help to create sound effects. The tour will travel in the months of March and April, and performances will also be held on Thursdays. Transportation must be provided by participants, and will not be provided by CarPort or NBYT. The participation fee is only $25.00 per child for this first run of the program.

For a registration form to complete and mail, please click here. For more information contact CarPort Productions or New Britain Youth Theater at (860) 515-8115 or info@nbyt.org.

Classes and Homeschool Programs for Fall 2012

Fall Programs 2012In addition to auditions, NBYT is beginning a new term of classes and homeschool programs in September. Stage Performance is held on Saturday mornings, and Homeschool Enrichment is held on Tuesday mornings. Registration for both programs has begun for children from any town.

In both Stage Performance and Homeschool Enrichment, drama games and scenes 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, children rehearse scenes chosen especially for those enrolled and with the input of the children themselves. Small group sizes give each child quality instruction and guarantee that everyone has a featured part in a final performance.

Stage Performance, for ages 5 through 14, is ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older children who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for full productions. With two teaching artists available, older and more experienced students are grouped to work on scenes of their own with a greater focus on character development. The small-scale performance, with simple costumes and props, is held in the last half hour of the final class and is open to family and friends. The program meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for ten weeks beginning on September 15.

In Homeschool Enrichment, also for ages 5 through 14, children are grouped by age for appropriate instruction and activities, but groups are flexible. Discussions about props, costumes and set pieces include making items for their final performance. The oldest children can also choose a special project in performance, directing, writing or design. The new term meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning on September 11.

For more information about New Britain Youth Theater, visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.