What do Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Tom Sawyer, Robin Goodfellow (you might know him as Puck), Stuart Little, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and Dorothy Gale have in common? They’re all characters who’ll be onstage in productions at NBYT in the 2014-15 Season.
The Little Kids on Stage series, for young actors ages 6 to 9, will feature two new scripts by David B. Sousa, who wrote this season’s The Tale of Snow White. The fall show will be Larry Rumpelstiltskin, and in the spring will be Rapunzel and Rutabaga.
The Kids on Stage series for ages 8 to 14 will begin with two one-act Christmas classics in December—Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Charlie Brown holiday show is newly released for stage productions, so we’re very excited to have it. In the spring, the Kids on Stage production will be Stuart Little, based on the book by E. B. White.
The NBYT Teen Company will also have two productions. The company will begin with the musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) with music and lyrics by county music songwriter Don Schlitz. We also plan some promotions with The Mark Twain House in Hartford for Tom Sawyer. The Teen Company will revisit Shakespeare in June with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (We’re even looking into the possibility of outdoor performances in a park.)
In summer 2015, we’ll come together for a young performers’ edition of The Wizard of Oz, with songs many of us know from the 1939 movie classic.
There’s more news for NBYT’s 2014-15 season too: we may be performing all of these shows at new spaces.
For four seasons, NBYT programming at Trinity-on-Main Performance Space has grown. From a small summer program and a single holiday production in 2010, NBYT now produces seven shows each year as well as acting classes, musical theater classes, improv classes, and homeschool programs. We’ve reached the point where Trinity-on-Main cannot accommodate all of the rehearsal, performance, class, and program hours that NBYT needs. So, we’re faced with the choice of shrinking programming or looking for new space.
Leaving Trinity-on-Main isn’t an easy decision. NBYT has grown in the space, has moved offices twice in the building, has taken on additional rooms for classes and storage, and Trinity feels like home. We also like the downtown location and see much potential in the building. Over the next several weeks, the NBYT Board of Directors will explore other options for rehearsals, performances, and classes. Ideally one location will meet all our needs—performance space, rehearsal space, office, storage, and workspace. Location, safety, and parking are also important considerations for us. We know that we may have to be flexible, but we’re optimistic that we can find a solution without having to shrink programming.
Be assured that this will not affect this year’s summer program at Raymond Hill School, and it will not affect any of our outreach programs to the New Britain school district, other districts, and other organizations. Those programs will go on as scheduled no matter where our office may be.
If anyone knows of a location in New Britain that may meet our needs, either temporarily or permanently, please contact us. We’ll keep all of you updated on our plans, and—as always—we hope to see you for a performance or program soon!