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Help a Child’s Family Have “Hakuna Matata” This Summer!

Simba Timon Pumbaa“Hakuna matata! It means no worries!”

To be honest, we don’t know if we’ve used the phrase correctly in the title of this post. But we do know that many families struggle to pay participation fees for their children who want to be on stage with NBYT. And we want to help with full or partial financial assistance.

Did you know that businesses, clubs, and organizations—or even individuals—can sponsor a child’s participation in NBYT programs? The cost for full participation in our summer musical production of The Lion King is $400, but a donation of any amount can be made to help pay participation costs for this program or other productions throughout the coming season.

NBYT works with hundreds of children and teens each year, and many of them attend free after-school programs in New Britain public schools or come from low to moderate-income families in towns throughout our area. Some of those children would like to participate in the summer musical—and would greatly benefit from participation—but their families cannot afford the participation fee. Although NBYT aims to make its programs affordable, the cost is still out of reach for some families.

If you personally know a child who would like to participate in The Lion King,  any business, organization, or other donor is welcome to pay for that specific child’s participation. All children who enroll will be cast in the show, and roles are determined based on pre-program auditions to be scheduled in June.

In the past seven years, NBYT has become one of the leading children’s theaters in Connecticut. 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.

To sponsor a child’s participation in NBYT’s summer musical or other programs, please send a donation to New Britain Youth Theater, P.O. Box 306, New Britain, CT 06050-0306. Donations may also be made online through PayPal (even if you don’t have a PayPal account). We would also be happy to personally pick up a check and thank you on behalf of NBYT. New Britain Youth Theater is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. To contact us with any questions, please call 860-515-8115.

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