“Off the Air”

Last night—April 11, 2017—NBYT’s Homeschool Repertory Players performed their latest production—set on April 11, 1939. The show combined actual radio scripts from the 1930s and 40s with an original story about a not-so-ordinary day at a radio station (which doesn’t survive the transition to television), and the young actors in the NBYT program all contributed to that original story and the creation of their individual characters.

Photos below are from the final dress rehearsal of the program, with one photo from NBYT’s homeschool class in music.

NBYT’s homeschool enrichment program in theater is held for two ten-week sessions each year beginning in September and January. For the past year, homeschool classes in music and improv have also been offered. More information on the programs is available at the company’s website at www.nbyt.org, by emailing info@nbyt.org, or by calling 860-515-8115.

Extra, Extra, Where Art Thou?

rj-logo-2New Britain Youth Theater is casting extras (ages 10 to 20) to perform in its June production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Extras will appear in several scenes as citizens of Verona (ours is set in 1967 in the Summer of Love), partygoers, servants to the Capulets, and friends of the Montagues. Extras will have a few spoken group lines, and will also assist with scene changes.

Shakespeare’s most popularly read and performed tragedy tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, the age-old feud between their families, and the effect that their relationship has on friends and family alike. The NBYT production will be set in 1967 in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” and it will be inspired by the popular culture, counter-culture, and political and social turmoil of that time. Popular music that was recorded, released, or charted in 1967 will underscore the production.

Actors interested should email auditions@nbyt.org by May 1, although no audition is required. The participation fee for extras will be just $20 to help cover the cost of scripts and costumes. Extras will not be needed for rehearsals until after Memorial Day, but costume fittings may required earlier in May. Extras will also be invited to watch run-through rehearsals of acts beginning late in April. Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Performances are June 22, 23 and 25 outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and June 24 at the Berlin Congregational Church. All performances will be free to attend.

 

 

Improve Your Grades with Theater

Education logoNew Britain Youth Theater is offering a one-time arts in education class in connection with a graduating senior from R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts. The class will show students ages 9 to 12 how using theater in the classroom can improve their understanding of classroom subjects—and their grades!

Integrating theater into education means taking theatrical experiences and bringing them into the classroom for a more interesting learning experience. This class is for students who may struggle with sitting all day at a desk and then being tested on things that they’ve supposedly learned from a book. Some children just don’t obtain information best in this way—they learn by standing, moving, and engaging in fun (yet still educational) activities. The class will focus on fourth and fifth-grade lessons in science and history, but the methods learned can be transferred to any subject and grade level.

Classroom experiences over the past few years have proven the value of integrating arts in education. In one school district, “thousands of schoolchildren showed an ‘astonishing’ jump in test scores after their teachers used the arts in reading lessons. In a pilot program involving 3,000 third- and fourth-graders, test scores improved at triple the rate of similar students using the standard curricula.”*

Day and time: Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Duration and dates: Six weeks (April 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20)
Location: NBYT at the Berlin YMCA, 362 Main Street, Berlin
Cost: $15 participation fee

The class will be led by Jasmine Fedele, a seven-year participant in NBYT programs as both an actor and backstage volunteer, and will be supervised by Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington.

* “Arts education program boosts reading scores.” The San Diego Union-Tribune, February 9, 2012.

Marketing and Development Assistant Sought

As of April 4, 2017, the following position has been filled.

New Britain Youth Theater seeks a part-time Marketing and Development Assistant to work a flexible schedule of up to five hours weekly. Responsibilities will include assisting with:

• Grant research, applications, acknowledgements, and reports
• Donor acknowledgements
• Press release preparation
• Poster, flyer, and other marketing materials preparation
• Program book preparation including sponsorships, biographies, and production information

The ideal Marketing and Development Assistant will be highly organized and motivated and will have strong writing and communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Word and Publisher is a plus. Schedules and time commitment are somewhat flexible; morning or early afternoon hours are preferred, but evenings during rehearsals at the Berlin location may be workable as well.

To Apply

To apply, please send an email (with resume if available, or a listing of experience if not) to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by email to jobs@nbyt.org. No phone inquiries please.

About New Britain Youth Theater

Founded in 2010, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens in Connecticut. NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. NBYT programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Performance Skills classes, in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment programming, community outreach programs, and more. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in community spaces and schools throughout Greater New Britain, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Set Builder and Tech Director Sought

As of April 21, 2017, the following position has been filled.

New Britain Youth Theater seeks a (very) part-time Set Builder and Technical Director to work a flexible schedule of up to five hours weekly. Responsibilities that the person in this position will assist with include:

• Working with directors and designers as required to coordinate set, sound, lighting, prop, and other technical and design needs for productions and performances
• Building, assembling, painting, collecting, or otherwise preparing set, sound, lighting, built props, and other technical and design needs for productions and programs
• Working with volunteer crews as available to assist with building and technical needs
• Working with the Executive and Artistic Director, production directors, and stage managers to schedule load-in and load-out of sets, props, and technical equipment
• Organizing, inventorying, and maintaining set pieces, tools, paint, building materials, and technical equipment and supplies

The ideal candidate will be organized, motivated, and able to work well both independently and with directors, designers, stage managers, volunteers, and the Executive and Artistic Director. Specific working hours can often be set by the employee him or herself provided work is completed by given deadlines. Set and technical elements for NBYT productions are often quite simple and easily realized; the position requires a familiarity with simple set building, lights, and sound (or the enthusiasm and ability to learn), but not expert level experience.

To Apply

To apply, please send an email to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by email to jobs@nbyt.org. No phone inquiries please.

About New Britain Youth Theater

Founded in 2010, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens in Connecticut. NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. NBYT programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Performance Skills classes, in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment programming, community outreach programs, and more. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in community spaces and schools throughout Greater New Britain, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.