NBYT will kick off its sixth season of performances with auditions for Winnie-the-Pooh. Auditions are for children ages 6 through 9 on Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 10, at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain (next to the library). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings, but are subject to change. With enough interest, a second cast may rehearse on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. The production will be performed at the same location on November 20, 21, and 22, 2015. The production will be directed by Brooke Ferguson and Christina LoBello.
Winnie-the-Pooh is an adaptation based on characters in A.A. Milne’s classic books Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six (a nod to NBYT’s sixth season). The story focuses on Kanga and Roo’s arrival to the Hundred Acre Wood, with Pooh and his friends caught up in all sorts of guessing about who their new neighbors might be. When Piglet gets roped into Kanga’s household and Kanga starts bathing him (with soap!) and forcing down spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he’s had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door!
Boys and girls between ages 6 and 9 are encouraged to audition. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors and may be asked to repeat lines or read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage.