Newington Children's Theatre Company hosting 60th annual kick-off celebration

Published on Monday, 29 August 2022 14:29
Written by Alexis Dascher 


NEWINGTON – Newington Children’s Theatre Company is holding its 60th Season Kick-Off Celebration on Sept. 10 from 12-2:00 p.m. 

Claire Van Cott, the executive and artistic director, said the company is Connecticut’s longest-running nonprofit children’s theatre. 

“The Newington Children’s Theatre Company is celebrating its 60th year of providing fun, hands-off, educational opportunities in the performing arts for children, teens and young adults,” Cott said. “NCTC is planning a stellar lineup of offerings starting this fall.” 

The celebration will be held on the back lawn of Grace Episcopal Church, located at 124 Maple Hill Avenue. The company's classes and rehearsals are held at 136 Day Street.

“At this fundraiser, there will be food, games, prizes and fun for the entire family,” she said. “Tickets are $15 for adults ($18 day of the event) and $10 for children (ages 3 to 15; $12 day of the event.)” 

According to Cott, the theatre holds its First Stage classes for ages 5 through 8.

“Throughout the six-week class, participants learn basic theatre terminology, movement, blocking and character development techniques in preparation for a narrator-driven one-act, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road, The Tale of Dorothy and Friends.’” 

The two sessions are every Thursday beginning Sept. 15 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or every Saturday beginning Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The performance for Thursday’s cast on Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday’s cast at 10:30 a.m. 

Cott said the theatre would perform “Annie Jr.” for ages 8 and up, and rehearsal begins Sept. 19. She said for ages 5 through 8, rehearsal begins Oct. 27, and performances are Dec. 2-11.

“There will be multiple casts,” Cott said. “Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. has plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles as well as ensemble parts.” 

For the teen cast, “Legally Blonde Jr.” begins on Sept. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the production is for ages 13 and up, Cott said. 

According to Cott, rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and performances are on Nov. 18-20. 

“Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde Jr. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons,” she said. 

Cott said there are three Act Out classes this fall. She said the classes meet weekly, and the participants perform a one-act comedy. 

Based on the class a child attends, they will be performing Christmas Scene Investigators, Mystery at the County Fair, or Happy Fangsgiving, Cott said. 

According to Cott, the theatre holds its annual “NCTC’s Got Talent” show and fundraiser on Oct. 22. She said the performance starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20.

“Looking for all performers of all genres to participate,” Cott said. “Calling all singers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians and more.” 

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Monday, 29 August 2022 14:29. Updated: Monday, 29 August 2022 14:31.