NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Youth Theater is no more. The organization has a new name along with a new production schedule.
As a way to retain its familiar initials while showing everyone that the organization serves more than just New Britain and all sorts of people, it is now called the No Boundaries Youth Theater.
“We’ve often been misunderstood for only serving New Britain,” said Darren Farrington, executive and artistic director. “Only about one-third of members are from New Britain.”
Children from nearly 60 cities towns throughout the state have participated in the NBYT’s programs and productions, a release announcing the name change stated.
While looking for a permanent home to operate from instead of bouncing around the schools and community organizations, Farrington said, the theater has performed in New Britain, Berlin and Hartford and brought educational programs to schools in New Britain, Plainville, Bristol, Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury and Torrington, the release stated.
Showing everyone that the NBYT works with a diverse group of children and attracting advertisers from outside just New Britain, were other reasons for the name change, Farrington said.
“We’ve been strong,” said Farrington, adding that about 100 members are usually involved in rehearsals for its productions.
No programs will change as a result of the name change, he added.
For the 2018-19 season, “The Laramie Project,” “The Velveteen Rabbit,” “The Tempest,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Mary Poppins Jr.” are on the schedule.
Based on the 1998 fatal attack on Matthew Shepard, a gay man, in Laramie, Wyo., “The Laramie Project” is for actors ages 16 to 20 and will open on Oct. 12, the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s death.
An original musical adaptation written by NBYT musical director Angela Klimaytis, “The Velveteen Rabbit” will be for children and teens ages 6-16 and run in December.
“Charlotte’s Web,” for children ages 6 to 12, will run in April to May of 2019 and the teen production of “Tempest,” with an updated setting of a 19th-century Connecticut whaling ship wrecking on a remote Atlantic island, will run next June. Performances will be outdoors on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art, and, potentially, at Mystic Seaport.
“Mary Poppins Jr.” will run in July 2019.
This summer’s production of “Willy Wonka Jr.” and spring classes beginning this month are still open for participation.
Classes include introductory and intermediate acting, improv and a new program funded by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain for children of all physical, intellectual, and emotional abilities.
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Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or email@example.com.