Stage Manager and Teen Volunteers Sought

NBYT seeks a Stage Manager (a stipend position) and volunteers for upcoming productions this spring and summer.

Stage Manager

NBYT is in need of a Stage Manager for its spring production of Charlotte’s Web. Rehearsals, which have already begun, are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performance dates are May 3, 4 and 5. Some flexibility with hours may be workable for the right person, but attendance at all tech rehearsals and performances is required.

The Stage Manager will assist the directors with warm-ups, rehearsals, and performances; will help to supervise program participants; and will help to distribute information and materials to parents and families.

A small stipend will be paid for the position. Candidates should be at least 18 years old, should have some experience in theater and/or working with children. Organizational skills, reliability, and punctuality are required.

Teen Volunteers

NBYT seeks Teen Volunteers, ages 16 and up, to assist on productions this spring and summer. Current programs seeking volunteers are the spring production, Charlotte’s Web and the summer musical, Mary Poppins Jr.

Volunteers will assist with warm-ups, instruction, rehearsals, and other activities; will assist with performances as required; and will assist Directors, Stage Managers, and other adult staff in supervising younger program participants.

All Teen Volunteers must be reliable, punctual, and responsible for their own transportation. Although these are unpaid volunteer positions, volunteers will gain valuable experience and—because NBYT is a nonprofit organization—may be able to receive credit hours from schools or other organizations requiring community service.

To Apply

Please send an email to Executive Director Darren Farrington by email to jobs@nbyt.org. No phone inquiries please.

About No Boundaries Youth Theater

Founded in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater and selected by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017, No Boundaries Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens. The name change in 2018 reflects that NBYT is—and always has been—a youth theater that accepts children from all towns and communities, with all abilities, and to be involved in a variety of ways both onstage and off.

NBYT produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, provides in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment educational programming, and offers drama classes and individual coaching and lessons. 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, emotional, 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.

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!

A Summary of THE TEMPEST

Let’s face it. The Tempest isn’t one of Shakespeare’s best known or most performed plays. It certainly isn’t one that most of us read in high school. (Schools like to work those tragedies, don’t they?)

So why are we producing The Tempest? Well, we were due for a comedy, and this tale of shipwrecks, sorcery, and spirits is a heck of a lot of fun. We also thought it was a great choice to set in the nineteenth century. (Our past Shakespeare productions have been a twentieth century Romeo and Juliet, an eighteenth century Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a post-apocalyptic Macbeth. So it was time to visit the 1800s.)

Look here for more details on auditions and our production. And look here for a list of characters. For a summary of the story, read on!

ACT I, scene i
Alonso, King of Naples, and his court are on a ship at sea, returning from his daughter’s wedding in Tunis. A tempest occurs. As the sailors onboard attempt to right the ship, the king and lords bemoan their fate, and get in the sailors’ way.

ACT I, scene ii
On an island, Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, explains to his daughter Miranda how they came to live there. We are also introduced to Caliban, a mutinous slave and native of the island, and Ariel, a spirit who we learn created the tempest at Prospero’s command. Ferdinand, the king’s son, has been shipwrecked on the island and is lured by Ariel to meet Prospero and Miranda.

ACT II, scene i
King and court are washed ashore. Their clothes, however, are mysteriously dry. Gonzalo preaches optimism while Sebastian and Antonio mock him. As the rest of the court falls asleep around them, Sebastian and Antonio plot to murder the king. Just as they’re about to strike, everyone wakes up.

ACT II, scene ii
Caliban meets Stephano and Trinculo, servants of the king. The three hatch a plot to murder Prospero and take command of the island. The drunken servants introduce Caliban to alcohol.

ACT III, scene i
Ferdinand dutifully loads firewood for Prospero as he and Miranda get to know each other.

ACT III, scene ii
Ariel creates confusion and dismay between Stephano and Trinculo. Caliban advances his plot against Prospero. They are soon distracted by music, and wander off following it.

ACT III, scene iii
King and court are exhausted from searching the island for Ferdinand, at which point spirits appear and conjure a feast. Just as they’re about to eat, Ariel enters and accuses Sebastian, Antonio, and Alonso of their misdeeds. The three give chase, with others following.

ACT IV, scene i
Prospero gives his blessing to Ferdinand and Miranda and orders a masque with depictions of the goddesses Iris, Ceres, and Juno, during which he remembers the murder plot against him. He lays a trap for Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo. They fall into it immediately.

ACT V, scene i
Ariel has imprisoned the king and his court. Prospero confronts and forgives them all for their wrongdoings, reunites king and prince, and gives a stirring final speech.

Roles in THE TEMPEST

Are you thinking about auditioning for The Tempest this month? Auditions will be on February 18 and 20.

The NBYT production will be set in the nineteenth century and inspired by the Connecticut whaling industry, which peaked between the 1840s and the end of the century. Performances will again be outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

We’re looking for a diverse group of actors, we’ll cast several of the roles gender-blind, and we welcome all levels of experience! Here’s a look at the roles in the play:

PROSPERO – Former Duke of Milan who was betrayed by his brother Antonio and Alonso, the King of Naples. He was set adrift at sea with his daughter Miranda. They arrive at the island and have lived there ever since. He’s familiar with the magic arts and commands a cadre of spirits.

MIRANDA – Prospero’s teenage daughter. The island is the only home she’s ever known. She has a gentle heart and is an eager (if inattentive) learner.

ARIEL – The leader of Prospero’s spirit army. He was saved from torment by Prospero and serves him faithfully in return. Prospero has promised to give Ariel his freedom, but has yet to deliver on that promise.

CALIBAN – A deformed native of the island and slave to Prospero. He resents Prospero and openly talks about wanting to kill him.

ALONSO – King of Naples. He was instrumental in the plot to supplant Prospero. At the play’s start he and his court are returning home from his daughter’s wedding. He believes his son Ferdinand has drowned in the titular tempest.

ANTONIO – Prospero’s brother, the usurping Duke of Milan. He is opportunistic, manipulative, and ambitious. He convinces his colleague Sebastian to murder his brother in order to become king.

SEBASTIAN – Alonso’s brother, he’s either aggressive or cowardly, depending on how much power he has in any given situation. He is easily manipulated into killing his brother.

GONZALO – Kindly old lord and counsel to the king. He was the only one to show mercy or kindness to Prospero and Miranda when they were sent out of Milan.

STEPHANO – A drunken, loutish butler who incompetently plots with Caliban to kill Prospero and take over the island.

TRINCULO – Court jester and companion/co-conspirator with Stephano

FERDINAND – King Alonso’s son. He’s assumed dead after the tempest, but has actually happened upon Prospero and fallen in love with his daughter.

Various SAILORS and SPIRITS

Click here to learn more about auditions or to schedule an audition time!

Audition for The Tempest!

Shakespeare’s last play (written in 1610-11) and maritime romance of shipwrecks, sorcery, and spirits will be staged by the Teen Company of No Boundaries Youth Theater in June.

The Tempest tells the story of a sorcerer, living on a remote island with his daughter and some magical beings, who conjures a storm to correct their past and change the course of their future. When the storm capsizes a ship, the island inhabitants meet the castaways from a “brave new world” (Act V, scene i). The NBYT production will be set in the nineteenth century and inspired by the Connecticut whaling industry, which peaked between the 1840s and the end of the century. For a fuller (but still pretty short) summary of the plot, click here. For a list of characters, click here.

Auditions for The Tempest will be held on Monday, February 18, and Wednesday, February 20, at NBYT’s studio 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 also scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. Additional evenings may be added as needed nearer to the performance dates.

The production will be performed on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, and Sunday, June 23. An additional performance will be held on June 22 at a location to be announced.

Auditions are open to 13 to 20 year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is sought. Those auditioning should prepare a 30 to 60-second Shakespeare monologue. Actors will also be given dialogue from the script to read at auditions. Click here for monologue suggestions and tips.

To schedule an audition, click below, email auditions@nbyt.org, or call (860) 515-8115. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150 but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available. Teens may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.