NEW BRITAIN - Beginning its eighth season this month, the New Britain Youth Theater has been named Best Children’s Theater by the editors of Connecticut Magazine in the magazine’s September issue.
“We’re thrilled and honored by the recognition,” said Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington. “We may not be the largest, oldest or even most established youth theater in the state, but we’ve always strived to provide a professional, education and fun experience for our participants and audience. We very much appreciate being noticed for our work, and more importantly, for the work of our children and teens.”
NBYT will hold auditions this month for its Short Play Festival, to be held in November.
The Short Play Festival will consist of several original short comedies and dramas submitted by young NBYT participants and by amateur and established playwrights worldwide.
Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 20, at NBYT at the Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main St. in Berlin beginning at 6 p.m.
Participation is open to 12- to 19-year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast is sought. Actors auditioning should prepare a 30-60-second monologue of any type.
Once the plays are cast, rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on some Thursdays if needed. The production will be performed on Nov. 16-19 at the same location.
To schedule an audition for the Short Play Festival, call 860-515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those selected will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.
Theater classes and home school enrichment programs also begin this month, starting the week of Sept. 18.
After-school classes will be held in breakdancing on Tuesdays, stage play for ages 5-8 on Wednesdays and introductory acting for tweens and teens on Thursdays.
On Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 23, the theater will offer classes on stage play for ages 5-8, acting for ages 9-14 and sketch comedy and improv for ages 10-16.
Each eight-week class ends with a short performance open to family and friends.
Programs for home-schooled students include a Tuesday morning performance program for ages 6-14 and Tuesday afternoon classes in music or improve for ages 8-16.
For more information, contact the theater at 860-515-8115 or email@example.com.