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Register for Winter Classes!

Registration has begun for NBYT’s winter classes! All classes are held at NBYT’s Rehearsal Studio at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Please email classes@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115 with questions.

Drama classes begin on January 19, and they include:

STAGE PLAY: GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND DRAMA
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Ages 5 – 9

From mythology to the beginnings of drama and comedy, Ancient Greece is rich with stories for the stage. Join us to play gods and goddesses and to learn how theater began! Drama games and scenes will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice,and movement. Older and returning students will be challenged to further develop roles and begin script analysis. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: “SPEAK THE SPEECH”
(Performing Difficult Language)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 AM, Ages 9 – 14

From Shakespeare to scripts written in dialect to tongue-twisting words in stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many theater scripts are filled with difficult-to-perform language. Learn how to tackle, understand, and master these scripts as focus on the written word. Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.

IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 PM, Ages 10 – 16
Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts.Returning students will be challenged to build their skills, develop longer scenes, and lead some games themselves. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.

Homeschool enrichment classes continue on Tuesdays with the following classes:

HOMESCHOOL PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Ages 8 – 14
A performance and production class for children ages 8 through 14 is offered in two ten-week terms beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater.
In Spring 2019, the theme will be GET IN, CHARACTER! We’ll begin with a brief history of theater and with some discussion about how actors develop characters. Then each student will choose a character from classic or modern theater, and will thoroughly develop character choices through elementary script analysis, rehearsal, and games and activities designed to build character choices. Short monologues will be rehearsed, costumes will be designed and assembled, and students will write or devise scenes between characters from wildly different worlds! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

IMPROV
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Ages 8 -16
Students will get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group is introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, and participants will be able to take what they learn and use it to not only become better actors, but also better listeners and speakers. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.

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