NEWINGTON â€“ New Britain resident Shaelyn Killohâ€™s new one-act play, Something Strange About Jane, will come to life as part of the Newington Childrenâ€™s Theatre Companyâ€™s Act out 2021 series.
There will be weekly classes for the show starting Monday, Sept. 27 from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Classes will run each Monday through November 8.
â€śThese shows are a great opportunity for kids that are just getting started in theatre because we focus on teaching them the basics and getting them comfortable with being on stage,â€ť Killoh said.
The production is a tribute to Killohâ€™s love for animals. She is a Vet Tech in her day job and has always had a passion for animals.
â€śThis show is about a zookeeper, a villain, and what might happen if animals could talk back,â€ť Killoh said.
The Act Out programs sparked Killohâ€™s collaborative writing of shows with Justin Killoh, her husband.
â€śWe realized that the scripts we were using for Act Outs werenâ€™t always perfect for the group of kids that signed up for them,â€ť she said.
Killoh grew up in Somers and her introduction into the theatre world was in middle school. While attending college at UConn she founded and ran Page to Stage, a theatre organization where she produced and acted in several shows. She also co-founded Standing Room Only, a theatre organization in Somers geared toward children. Following graduation, she moved to New Britain with Justin and started co-directing Act Out productions at NCTC.
The final performance of Act Out: Something Strange About Jane will take place at an outside venue on Saturday, Nov. 13 at a location to be determined.
Kids ages 8 and up are encouraged to enroll. No experience necessary but registration is required.
To register, or for more info, visit nctcarts.org.