Before Toy Story, there was The Velveteen Rabbit.
No Boundaries Youth Theater’s holiday production will be a new children’s musical written by NBYT Teaching Artist Angela Klimaytis. The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, based on the 1922 classic children’s book by Margery Williams, tells the story of a toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to be real. With a script, music, and lyrics written specifically for young performers, this magical story explores themes of friendship, love, and overcoming insecurity—all coming to life in a world with plenty of talking toys, a magical nursery fairy, real rabbits, one very real boy, and many others! The production will be directed and musical directed by Angela Klimaytis, with Kristen Bennett serving as assistant director and Chelsea Derby as choreographer.
All children and teens, ages 6 through 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. There are a number of roles for older actors, roles for girls and boys, and many featured ensemble roles. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.
Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 7, 8 and 9.
To schedule an audition, click above! You can also visit www.nbyt.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (860) 515-8115. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.