Fall Programs and Auditions at NBYT

 

No Boundaries Youth Theater begins its ninth season with another ambitious offering of classes and auditions!

The new season kicks off with auditions this month for a December production of an original musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. Based on the 1922 classic children’s book by Margery Williams, the play tells the story of a toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to be real. With a script, music, and lyrics written specifically for young performers, this magical story explores themes of friendship, love, and overcoming insecurity—all coming to life in a world with plenty of talking toys, a magical nursery fairy, real rabbits, one very real boy, and many others!

Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit are on Monday and Wednesday, September 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 7, 8 and 9. To schedule an audition, visit www.nbyt.org, call 860-515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org.

Also this fall, NBYT will perform The Laramie Project. The most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date, The Laramie Project is the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. It’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever. Auditions have already been held, and the play will be performed by older teen and 20 year-old actors of the company on October 19, 20 and 21.

Theater classes and homeschool enrichment programs also begin in September at NBYT. On Saturday mornings beginning September 22, the theater will offer classes in stage play (ages 5-9), acting (ages 9-14), and improv (ages 10-16). Younger children will stage Central American Stories. Drama games and scenes based on Mexican and Central American folktales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical storytelling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on comic timing in a class title Make ‘em Laugh. The theater’s popular improv class welcomes new students and challenges returning students to build new skills. Each eight-week class term ends with a short performance open to family and friends.

On Thursday evenings beginning September 20, all-abilities classes begin and are open to all children ages 9 through 14, including those of any physical, mental, sensory, or emotional ability. The class begins with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. The group then develops and rehearses an original play or short scenes for performance.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, September 18, and include a program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 8 to 14, and classes in music (ages 8-16) and improv (ages 8-16). This term, the performance class will produce an original murder mystery, and they’ll discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage. The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

The theater can be reached for questions or registration at 860-515-8115 or info@nbyt.org. More information is also available on the theater’s website at www.nbyt.org.

Register for Fall Classes!

We hate to see summer vacation end as much as any kid, but it’s almost September and time to start thinking about Fall Classes! How about making the school year a little more dramatic with a class in acting or improv?

ALL-ABILITIES CLASSES

All-abilities programming includes those children—as well as others who may choose to participate—in a program that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each of them to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities.

STAGE PERFORMANCE FOR ALL
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 20 – November 15)

The class will begin with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. In the second hour, the class will develop and rehearse an original play or short scenes for performance. A one-hour class option is also available. Please contact us for details.

SATURDAY CLASSES

STAGE PLAY: CENTRAL AMERICAN STORIES
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Ages 5 – 8 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)

Join us South of the Border as we explore the rich history of folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from Mexico and Central America. Drama games and scenes based on these tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older and returning students will be challenged to further develop roles and begin script analysis. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH (COMIC TIMING)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 22  – November 17)

Playing comedy, and finding the right timing for that comedy, is one of the hardest skills for actors to learn. This class will explore various types of comedy and how to play it for the biggest laughs! Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
Ages 10 – 16 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)

Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. Returning students will be challenged to build their skills and develop longer scenes. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.

HOMESCHOOL CLASSES

HOMESCHOOL JUNIOR PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Ages 5 – 8 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

A new program for younger homeschool performers offers our popular Saturday Stage Play class on Tuesday mornings. Drama games and scenes based on folk tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

HOMESCHOOL REPERTORY PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 14 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

A performance and production class is offered beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater. In Fall 2018, the class will produce an original murder mystery, and we’ll discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

MUSIC
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

Students will learn about the musical elements of pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form through a sequential, developmentally appropriate course of study.  Students will engage in a variety of musical activities including singing with quality folk literature, playing instruments, and movement to the masters, both classic and contemporary. Students will create, perform and respond to music in an environment that encourages them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 1:40 – 2:40 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)

Students will 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. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.

COACHING AND PRIVATE LESSONS

Private acting coaching, lessons, and audition preparation are available with NBYT Teaching Artists on a weekly or one-time basis.

To register for one or more classes, click below!

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COST AND OTHER DETAILS

The cost of each one-hour class is $100 per student for each 8-week term. The cost of the two-hour all-abilities class and two-hour homeschool class is $150.

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

All classes meet at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org.

Audition and Performance Dates Announced for THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

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Before Toy Story, there was The Velveteen Rabbit.

No Boundaries Youth Theater’s holiday production will be a new children’s musical written by NBYT Teaching Artist Angela Klimaytis. The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, based on the 1922 classic children’s book by Margery Williams, tells the story of a toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to be real. With a script, music, and lyrics written specifically for young performers, this magical story explores themes of friendship, love, and overcoming insecurity—all coming to life in a world with plenty of talking toys, a magical nursery fairy, real rabbits, one very real boy, and many others! The production will be directed and musical directed by Angela Klimaytis, with Kristen Bennett serving as assistant director and Chelsea Derby as choreographer.

All children and teens, ages 6 through 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. There are a number of roles for older actors, roles for girls and boys, and many featured ensemble roles. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.

Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 7, 8 and 9.

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To schedule an audition, click above! You can also visit www.nbyt.org, 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.

 

Audition and Performance Dates Announced for THE LARAMIE PROJECT

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This fall, the NBYT Teen Company will begin the theater’s 2018-19 season with The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.

“The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date,” says NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington. “It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. But it’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever.”

Auditions for the production will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 30 and August 1, at 6 p.m. at the theater’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 may schedule an audition earlier in July. Actors auditioning should prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute from a modern play (1920 to present). Actors auditioning should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in this project. A company of 8 to 12 actors will be cast who will play over sixty roles in the script. Due to language and content, the ages for this production will be 16-20. Younger actors may join with their parents full understanding and permission; older actors may join with permission of the director.

Rehearsals for the production will begin on August 29 and are planned for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Auditions are being held early so actors may begin learning their lines in August.) As part of the rehearsal process, a workshop will be held with a member of Tectonic Theater Project who will travel to NBYT from New York, and discussions are planned with local LGBTQ advocacy groups. Performances will be on October 19, 20 and 21. Due to the short rehearsal period, some additional rehearsal time may be necessary.

To schedule an audition, or to ask any questions about this production, please email auditions@nbyt.org or contact NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington. 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.

Technical Director Wanted

No Boundaries Youth Theater (formerly New Britain Youth Theater) seeks a part-time Technical Director to work a flexible schedule of up to five hours weekly. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with directors and designers to coordinate set, sound, lighting, prop, and other technical and design needs for productions and performances
  • Completing or overseeing 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 and student crews as available to assist with building and technical needs
  • Planning, with the Artistic Director, and teaching technical theater and design workshops and classes
  • Working with 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 (lighting and sound) equipment and supplies

The ideal Technical Director will be organized, motivated, and able to work well both independently and with directors, designers, stage managers, students, and volunteers. A valid driver’s license and the ability to rent and drive at least a 10-foot truck are required. Specific working hours can often be set by the employee him or herself provided work is completed by given deadlines, but some daytime hours will be required for load-ins and some evenings required for rehearsals. Set and technical elements for NBYT productions are often quite simple and easily realized; the position requires a familiarity with lighting and sound, stage carpentry, and theater production (or the ability to quickly learn), and experience is preferred but not required.

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 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.