NEW BRITAIN-The eighth season of the New Britain Youth Theater continues into the New Year with classes, home-school programs and auditions for children and teens beginning mid-January.
Classes in acting for ages 5 to 14 and improv for ages 10 to 16 begin on Saturday, Jan. 20. The classes run for eight-weeks and ends with a performance open to family and friends.
Younger children will stage Scandinavian stories – drama games and scenes based on tales from Norway, Sweden and Denmark that will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story-telling, character development, voice and movement.
Older students will focus their study on movement and physical choices in stage performance skills, which will include sessions in musical theater dance and stage combat. This class will be all-inclusive for new and returning students of all abilities this year.
Home-school enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and include a new program for actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 7 to 14 and classes in music and improve for ages 8 to 16.
This term, the performance class will learn about and create a Vaudeville show – a theatrical genre of entertainment popular in the early 1880s until the early 1930s – including scenes, songs and slapstick comedy.
A new all-inclusive stage performance class begins on Monday, Jan. 22, for ages 8 to 18 that will specifically welcome, engage and challenge each student to their own physical, mental, sensory and emotional abilities.
The theater’s new all-inclusive programming is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
Classes and home-school programs are held at NBYT’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main St. in the Kensington Center of Berlin.
In addition, NBYT is holding auditions for two upcoming productions this month sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation.
Children ages 6 to 12 can audition for “The Brothers Grimm: The Gnome,” and children and teens ages 12 to 18 can audition for “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Auditions for “The Gnome” are on Monday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Monday auditions will be held at New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center and Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley St.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” auditions are on Monday, Jan. 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center.
For both productions, boys and girls of all levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, participate in introductory activities and be asked to take direction and read from the play.
For more details and to register for a class or schedule an audition for either production, visit NBYT.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-515-8115.