With the end of the calendar year coming soon, we’re looking back at all we’ve accomplished in 2013!
In May 2013, NBYT completed year-long after-school literacy-based drama programs in five New Britain elementary schools; NBYT also served three New Britain middle schools in the academic year ending in 2013—two for a half year, and one for a full year. In the fall, NBYT began year-long after-school programs in six elementary schools and returned to the same three middle schools. In total, NBYT enrollment in New Britain public school extended-day programs was over 300 students. What’s more, attendance in those programs has exceeded 90%.
NBYT reached students outside of New Britain public schools in 2013 as well. In the spring, NBYT helped to begin a drama club at St. Brigid parochial school in West Hartford where students performed Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr! In the fall, NBYT began a partnership with Plainville Community Schools to bring after-school drama programs into elementary and middle schools on a rotating basis. In Torrington, a homeschool cooperative invited NBYT to lead a ten-week class on theater history which included rehearsing and performing scenes from Aristophanes, commedia dell’arte, Shakespeare, Gilbert & Sullivan, and radio comedies. Preschoolers were served at the Family Wellness Center in New Britain, where NBYT offered a monthly class. NBYT also brought programs into Hartford public schools through the Hartford Performs organization. Outside of New Britain public schools, NBYT reached over 300 more students.
During the summer of 2013, for a third year, NBYT participated in a summer enrichment program at Smalley Academy (a public elementary school) in New Britain; NBYT also participated in a new summer learning program at Roosevelt Middle School in New Britain. These summer school programs benefited approximately 100 New Britain students, and not only did they reduce summer learning loss, but they helped contribute to summer learning gains!
At Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, NBYT continued Stage Performance classes in acting and improvisation, and added a musical theater class in the fall. NBYT also continued its homeschool enrichment program at Trinity-on-Main—in the spring creating and performing Stories from Skies and Space, and in the fall How Stories Came to Be and Other Adaptations from Myths, Folklore, Books and Poems. With its Teen Company, NBYT offered a series of Production and Design Workshops in which teen participants learned about production management, directing, and design. In the summer, Teen Company members participated in a reading series to help choose productions for the 2013-14 season on stage. Educational programs at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center enrolled an additional 100 children and teens.
Productions and Performances
In March, NBYT held You Can’t Do That at NBYT!—a combination performance and karaoke party for the theater’s third birthday. (Our second annual You Can’t Do That at NBYT! will be held on March 15, 2014. Save the date!)
In the spring, the NBYT Teen Company performed Comic Shorts, a collection of six short comedies with each staged by a different director. In the Kids on Stage! production series (for actors ages eight through fourteen) a cast of over fifty young actors performed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with puppets and designs inspired by a video game world.
The summer musical, Once on This Island Jr, brought together actors from age six through sixteen to turn the stage at Jefferson Elementary School into a mystical Caribbean island! (Registration for the 2014 summer musical, Into the Woods Jr, will begin soon!)
In the fall, NBYT began an ambitious season schedule which will include seven production. The Little Kids on Stage! program (for ages six through nine) debuted with Super Duck, a superhero take on the Ugly Duckling tale. The NBYT Teen Company performed Any Dream Will Do, an impressive musical revue of songs about dreams, wishes, “thinks,” and the power of imagination. The year concluded with a Kids on Stage! production of Season of Light: A Winter Fairy Tale.
During the year, NBYT held a total of forty-seven performances and share days, directly served over 1,100 participating children and teens, and entertained over 3,700 audience members. Participants in NBYT programs have now come from forty-five different towns in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut.
Please help NBYT continue all of these beneficial programs in 2014! A donation of any amount can help. Just $10 will help to pay for a child’s script or costume in a production. A donation of $25 will help to pay for a week of after-school programming for a child. A gift of $50 will pay for design supplies for a class to make props and costumes. And $100 or more could help to pay for royalty fees, scripts, set pieces, or props for a production. And because NBYT is nonprofit, all gifts are fully tax-deductible.
All of us at NBYT thank you for your support and wish you and your family the very best in 2014!