Today is Giving Tuesday, and NBYT is in its second annual individual donor campaign which will run through the end of 2014. We know that our families and patrons already support us with participation fees, ticket purchases, program announcements, and more. Don’t feel that you must give again. You can still help by sharing this post to tell your family and friends why NBYT is important to you and your children and that this organization is deserving of their support as well.
The past year has brought some changes to New Britain Youth Theater. NBYT moved its office and production space to the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. Along with that location, NBYT will perform this season at Holmes Elementary School, at the Carriage House Theater across from the Mark Twain House in Hartford (for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in February), and on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art (for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June). Founding Artistic Director David Sousa left at the end of the summer, and a Marketing and Development Assistant—NBYT’s first administrative support staff person—began in November.
Through the changes, programming has stayed strong and NBYT has continued to grow. NBYT has also continued to be dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, encouraging collaborative teamwork, and developing social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. In the past five years, New Britain Youth Theater has become one of the leading children’s theaters in Connecticut.
Since 2010, NBYT has served over 2,500 children and teens in after-school programming in and around New Britain, in in-school programming, homeschool programming, drama classes, and performances by and for children and teens. NBYT brings together the best of community and educational theater with programs including “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Stage Performance classes, community outreach programs, school touring productions, and more.
NBYT participants have come from fifty-one different towns in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut (inlcuding seven of the State’s eight counties). Over 12,000 people have attended over one hundred performances and share day presentations. As reasons for returning to NBYT, parents cite the quality staff and programs, the low cost of participation, and the gains in confidence that their children achieve. And NBYT never turns a child away for inability to pay.
But providing low-cost theater programs to children and teens isn’t free. Participation fees and tickets costs pay for only part of the set, costume, and prop expenses of each production. NBYT also pays salaries and stipends; office, program, and storage space rent; royalties and script costs; class and craft supplies; insurance; marketing costs; and more. It’s important to us at NBYT to continue to provide children and families with high-quality programming at the lowest cost possible. To do this, NBYT relies on donations from a generous community.
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.
Tax-deductible donations may be made online using PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or any major credit card by clicking on the logo below.
Donations may also be mailed to:
P.O. Box 306
New Britain, CT 06050-0306
NBYT also gladly accepts donations through workplace giving campaigns. Please ask employers about matching grant possibilities as well.