Program to introduce youth of all abilities to stage performance

Published on Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:07
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Youth Theater recently announced a new all-inclusive program for children and teens of any physical, mental, sensory or emotional ability.

The eight-week Introductory Stage Performance class will begin in January for 8- to 18-year0olds.

The curriculum will include drama games and warmups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s ability, ensemble building, instruction of stage performance skills, and rehearsal of scenes for performance.

The program will conclude with a showcase performance of scenes for an audience of family and friends.

All-inclusive programming welcomes, engages and challenges each student to their own physical, mental, sensory and emotional abilities.

As with all NBYT programming, classes and rehearsal will align with National Arts Standards and over time will cover a range of theatrical texts and styles.

The program was inspired by NBYT director, musical director and teaching artist Angela Klimaytis’s son, Robby, who suffered a severe brain injury in an accident. This past summer he performed for the first time in a production of “Seussical Jr.”

Program development and the first year of programming have been funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

NBYT has included participants on the autism spectrum, with learning disorders, and with physical disabilities or limitations in past productions.

Families interested in learning more about New Britain Youth Theater’s all-inclusive programming or preregistering for winter or spring programs may contact the theater by email at  or by phone at 860-515-8115. More information about other NBYT productions and programming may also be found online at .

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:07. Updated: Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:09.