Come Help Us Turn 8!

Eight logoSave the date on the evening of MARCH 24 to join NBYT in celebrating its 8TH BIRTHDAY BASH!

The theme this year is EIGHT IS ENOUGH, and we’ve got some big announcements!

The evening will include performances, games, desserts and non-alcoholic drinks, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, WILLY WONKA JR!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

NBYT kids, teens, parents, and staff! Do you want to perform? You can show off a talent that we don’t usually get to see at NBYT. Or you can recite a monologue or sing a song (as a solo, duet, or with a small group) that we just shouldn’t do—something from a role that you’re totally wrong for or something (kid-friendly of course) from a show that we’d never do! We’ll also have a group performance that we’ll rehearse once or twice before the event.

To participate as a performer, email Angela Klimaytis at, see her at a rehearsal, or call 860-515-8115. Auditions for individual and small groups will be by appointment.

What’s that? You’re not a performer? That’s great too! There’s no admission fee for anyone and everyone is welcome!

NBYT Classes, Homeschool and Auditions

New Britain Youth Theater continues its eighth season with January classes, homeschool programs, and auditions for children and teens. New this year is an all-inclusive class open to children and teens of all abilities.


Classes in acting (ages 5-14) and improv (ages 10-16) begin on Saturday, January 20. Each eight-week term ends with a class performance open to family and friends. Younger children will stage Scandinavian Stories. Drama games and scenes based on tales from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on Movement and Physical Choices in Stage Performance Skills, which will include sessions in musical theater dance and stage combat. The theater’s popular Improv class welcomes new students and challenges returning students to build new skills.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, January 23, and include a new program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 7 to 14, and classes in music (ages 8-16) and improv (ages 8-16). This term, the performance class will learn about and create a Vaudeville show including scenes, songs, and slapstick comedy from the popular entertainment form of the early 20th Century.

A new Stage Performance for All class begins on Monday, January 22, for ages 8 to 18 that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each student to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities. The theater’s new all-inclusive programming is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

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.

Also this month, NBYT is holding auditions for two upcoming productions in a season sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation. Children ages 6 to 12 may audition for The Brothers Grimm: The Gnome, and children and teens ages 12 to 18 may audition for Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Gnome logoBased on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the story of The Gnome includes three princesses, three knights in armor, a five-headed dragon, a king and queen, a jester, and a gnome named Gnathan who causes hilarious mischief for them all! The original script features comedy styles from vaudeville to slapstick to improv, and is reminiscent of comedy legends from the Three Stooges to Monty Python. Auditions for actors ages 6 to 12 are on Monday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 17. Monday auditions will be held at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley Street. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m.

Peter squarePeter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling play with music, described as a “grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan,” that tells how a nameless, angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this coming of age tale playfully explores the depths of greed and despair—and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Auditions for actors ages 12 to 18 are on Monday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 24, at NBYT’s 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.

For both productions, boys and girls of all levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will participate in some introductory activities, and will be asked to take direction and read from the play. For more details and to register for a class or schedule an audition for either production, visit Questions may be directed to or call (860) 515-8115.


Peter squareLoop the loop and up to the stars!

This spring, the NBYT Teen Company will present the Tony Award-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher. This swashbuckling play with music described as a “grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan” tells how a nameless, angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this coming of age tale playfully explores the depths of greed and despair—and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love through the limitless possibilities of imagination. The origins of Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and even Neverland itself are also revealed!

NBYT will hold auditions on Monday and Wednesday, January 22 and 24, at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. In addition to free street parking, space is available at the bank parking lot adjacent to the facility. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed on May 18, 19, and 20 at a venue to be determined.

Actors ages 12 to 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, both singers and non-singers, are welcome to audition. Actors auditioning should expect to do a cold reading from the script and sing Happy Birthday. Throughout the show, over 100 characters are portrayed, so there are many featured and ensemble roles for both males and females. In addition to actors, the company also seeks a high school or college student interested in assisting with musical direction. Teens may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage. The production will be directed by Angela Klimaytis.

To schedule an audition, use NBYT’s new online registration, email, 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.


Come to a reading of PETER!

Peter squareAnticipating boredom and already looking for something to do over holiday break?

Everyone age 12 to 18 who may be interested in auditioning for or working on Peter and the Starcatcher is invited to read and discuss the play with director Angela Klimaytis and producer Darren Farrington on December 28.

Based on the novel written as “a grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan,” this play with music tells the thrilling adventures of a young orphan who becomes The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, and explores the origins of Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and Neverland itself.

Over four hours (with a lunch break), we’ll read this play, discuss the characters and plot, and answer questions about auditions—which will be held on January 22 and 24.

Workshop Date: Thursday, December 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: NBYT at the Berlin YMCA, 362 Main Street, Berlin
Cost: Free

Participants may bring their own copy of the play, or may share or borrow a copy at the workshop. Participants may also bring lunch or snacks, or may bring money to order pizza or other food from a nearby restaurant.

Participation is not required for anyone planning to audition in January. To pre-register for the workshop or get more information, email or call 860-515-8115.

Gifts for Theater Kids!

Holiday gifts

Still looking for a gift or stocking stuffer for the theater lovin’ kids in your life?

NBYT has a few options that they’ll love!

  • Surprise her or him with an acting or improv class that begins in January! (New Saturday class offerings are our on website already; homeschool programs will be posted soon—our homeschool performance group will be creating and performing a vaudeville show this term!) NBYT also has new all-inclusive programming beginning in January!
  • Buy tickets to see Something Rotten with NBYT at the Bushnell in February! (This experience may include a backstage tour.)
  • Register your Broadway fan for NBYT’s Something Rotten Broadway Connection class in February! They’ll meet a Broadway touring actor, learn a song and dance number from the show, and get a chance to get photos and autographs and ask questions about performing in a Broadway show!
  • Order them an NBYT hoodie, pullover, or jacket in one of four styles and various colors.

Merchandise ordered by December 17 will be available by December 22. Certificates for classes, shows, or workshops can be picked up by December 22 or emailed through December 23.

If your theater lover is especially charitable, you might even consider a donation to NBYT in his or her name.  To make a tax-deductible donation online, you may use PayPal (to or any major credit card.

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Donations may also be mailed to: NBYT, P.O. Box 306, New Britain, CT 06050-0306.