NBYT has announced fall drama classes at its new location at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain. Located next to the New Britain Public Library and the New Britain Youth Museum, the new location for NBYT is at a hub for youth activities. An introductory class, Stage Play, is offered for children ages 5 through 8. Stage Performance is offered in two sections: one for ages 8 and up, and a second section for ages 12 and up. Classes in Musical Stage Performance and Improv in Performance are both for ages 10 and up.
Stage Play and Stage Performance classes are designed to combine the instruction of drama classes with the excitement of being in a show! They’re ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older students who want to practice their stage skills or who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for NBYT’s productions.
In each section, children explore acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation in order to develop focus and learn to work as an ensemble. Each term, the group rehearses a selection of short scenes chosen especially for the children enrolled. Stage Play and Stage Performance I students meet together, but rehearse and perform different scenes. Older and more experienced children work on monologues and scenes with a greater focus on character development. The younger children will focus on story telling this term, and the older group will study and perform classical monologues. Small-scale performances, with simple costumes and props, are held at the end of the final class and are open to family and friends at no cost.
Stage Play and both sections of Stage Performance meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. for ten weeks beginning on September 13. Registration is open to children and teens from any town. The program cost is $100 for the full ten weeks.
In Musical Stage Performance, for ages 10 and up, students work with a musical director on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate. Each term, songs will be chosen especially for the children enrolled and will also allow for short solos for all participants. Returning students will be challenged to expand their skills and vocal choices. Beginning this year, each term will focus on a different Broadway composer or songwriting team; the first will be Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Improv in Performance gives participants, ages 10 and up, a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group will be introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce the 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 public speakers. Returning students will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.
Musical Stage Performance meets from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and Improv in Performance meets from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning on September 13. Registration is open to children and teens from any town. The program cost is $100 for the full ten weeks. All classes will conclude with a short performance at the end of the final class which will be open to family and friends at no cost.
A Registration Form for all classes is available to download and print online. For more information about NBYT and other upcoming programs and auditions, visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.