NBYT homeschool classes begin on Tuesday, January 22, and run for a ten-week session (with some planned weeks off). All classes meet at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call 860-515-8115 or email classes@nbyt.org.

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! 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. Short monologues will be rehearsed, costumes will be designed, 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.

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Ages 8 – 16

Students will learn about the musical elements of pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form through a sequential, developmentally appropriate course of study.  Students will engage in a variety of musical activities including singing with quality folk literature, playing instruments, and movement to the masters, both classic and contemporary. Students will create, perform and respond to music in an environment that encourages them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful.

Tuesdays, 1:40 – 2:40 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.