The NBYT Teen Company is holding auditions for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center Annex at 19 Chestnut Street in New Britain. The production will be rehearsed at Trinity-on-Main, and will be performed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown New Britain on April 20, 21 and 22, 2012. The production will be directed by Connecticut director, actor, educator and NBYT teaching artist, Becky Beth Benedict.
Auditions are open to thirteen to eighteen year-olds from any town. Roles are available for seventeen to twenty actors, and all levels of experience are welcome. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to read from the play. Those who pre-register for auditions will be sent the readings in advance. To pre-register, call (860) 515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $50, but will receive two complimentary tickets for the production. 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.
Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, The Crucible depicts the historic witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts, while commenting on the Communist scare of mid-twentieth century America. The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and it is there that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
The Crucible is the story of both undying and forbidden love, of desperate power, of cunning manipulation, of questioning belief, and of lost innocence. Based on real people and events and reverberating in our own recent history, it is a parable that never gets old.
The NBYT Teen Company is a program of New Britain Youth Theater in which teens can become involved in choosing, producing and promoting their own theater. The program offers leadership opportunities and a chance for teens to do the shows they want to do, all while under the guidance of NBYT directors.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Becky Beth Benedict is a theater director, actor, and educator based in Connecticut. She has an M.A. and B.A. in theater arts. In addition to being an active teaching artist for the New Britain Youth Theater, Becky Beth teaches for Hartford Children’s Theatre, the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Yale, and Hampshire Shakespeare Company. She recently directed Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the University of Hartford, David Mamet’s Boston Marriage with the Suffield Players, and Chicago at the Opera House Players. Among her other recent directing credits are Almost, Maine at the Valley Repertory Company as well as three new plays in the “LabWorks 15 Minute New Play Contest,” including Reservations Cancelled, the festival drama winner. Becky Beth has served as the dean of the musical theater department of The Hartford Conservatory and worked with several New England theater companies including East Haddam Stage Company, Connecticut Heritage Productions, Hole in the Wall, The Repertory Theater of New Britain, and Castle Craig Players.