NBYT has announced new auditions, workshops, and classes for the new year, continuing to offer the best in community and educational theater programs for children and teens in Connecticut for a fifth season!
Kids on Stage! and Little Kids on Stage! Auditions
NBYT will audition children ages 6 through 9 for Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel on Monday, January 19, and Tuesday, January 20 at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain. Auditions both days are at 6:00 p.m. Unlocked is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale with a crew of unexpected characters from other stories. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. The production will be performed at the same location on April 17, 18 and 19.
Auditions for ages 8 to 14 will be held for Stuart Little on Monday, January 26, and Tuesday, January 27 at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Stuart Little is adapted by Joseph Robinette from the classic book by E.B. White. An ensemble cast will play human and animal roles in the story of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world” in New York. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Holmes School. The production will be performed there on May 1, 2 and 3.
All auditions are open to residents of any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is welcome. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to repeat lines or read from the script. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. 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.
Teen Company Shakespeare Workshops
An Early-Winter Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop is a three-week workshop for ages 12 through 18 in preparation for the spring production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Participants will explore characters, language, and themes of Shakespeare’s comedy. The workshop will emphasize understanding the characters and plot, understanding the setting of the original script and modern productions, discussing the language and poetry of the text, and recognizing the comedy in the text. Participants will also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, and may be involved in cutting the text for performance. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition for the play in March.
Workshop meetings will be held on Saturdays, January 10, 17, and 24, from 10:00 a.m to noon. The program cost is $40 for the full three weeks.
Stage Performance Classes in Acting, Improv and Musical Theater
NBYT will begin new classes on Saturday, February 7. All classes meet at NBYT at the YMCA at 50 High Street. Classes conclude with short share-day performances for families and friends.
An introductory acting class, Stage Play, is open to 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. This term, Stage Performance I will focus on storytelling and world folktales, and students in Stage Performance II will work with classical scenes. Stage Play and Stage Performance I meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and cost $100 for the ten-week session. Stage Performance II is held from 9:30 through 11:00 a.m. and costs $130 for ten weeks.
In Musical Stage Performance, for ages 10 and up, NBYT musical director Angela Klimaytis works with students on vocal warm-ups, diction, projection, acting a song, and performing in front of an audience. The spring term will focus on early roots of musical theater. Both new and experienced singers are welcome to participate. Musical Stage Performance meets on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon and costs $100 for the ten-week session.
Improv in Performance is designed to give students age 10 and up a basic understanding of improvisational theater. The group works with short-form improv games to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, but experienced improv performers are also encouraged to participate. Improv meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. and costs $100 for ten weeks.
In addition to Saturday classes, NBYT holds a Homeschool Enrichment program on Tuesdays. The program meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning February 3. Each term, the group creates a performance piece of scenes and songs. The spring performance will focus on world folk heroes and legends.