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New Britain Youth Theater, which begins its eighth season this month, has been named Best Children’s Theater by the editors of Connecticut Magazine. The accolade comes in the September 2017 “Best of Connecticut” issue of the magazine, and recognizes that what started as “an after-school program has blossomed into a professionally run community and educational theater.”

“We’re thrilled and honored by the recognition,” responded the theater’s Executive and Artistic Director, Darren Farrington. “We may not be the largest, oldest, or… Continue reading

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New Britain Youth Theater is seeking an adult or teenage actor to play Mark Twain in a production of The Prince and the Pauper. The play is a theatrical version of the Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home in Redding, Connecticut, during the final years of the author’s life there. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out the story… Continue reading

NBYT will audition homeschooled high school students and college-age actors for school performances of its original play for young audiences, The Cinderella Project, on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. or by appointment at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin.

In The Cinderella Project, as Cinderella runs from the ball, she meets the characters from other Cinderella-like folk stories from around the world, and… Continue reading

NBYT’s Teen Company will hold auditions for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on Monday, February 20, and Wednesday, February 22, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and some Thursday evenings.

Shakespeare’s teen tragedy about two feuding families will be performed on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art… Continue reading

New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Auditions are on Monday, January 23, and Wednesday, January 25, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71) near West Farms Mall)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the… Continue reading

New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location… Continue reading

Preparation for a production of William Shakespeare’s teen tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, begins at New Britain Youth Theater in November. Set in 1967 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” the play will be performed outdoors at the New Britain Museum of American Art in June 2017.

For teens planning to audition (or even thinking about auditioning) for the production, NBYT is holding a three-week workshop to read and discuss the play. Attention will be given… Continue reading

For its holiday production of Elf the Musical Jr, New Britain Youth Theater will be casting an adult actor as Santa Claus.

The story of Elf, based on the film starring Will Ferrell, follows Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he was one of Santa’s elves, on his comedic adventures from the North Pole to New York City to reunite with his family and help them find the true meaning of Christmas. (The “junior” version of… Continue reading

New Britain Youth Theater is kicking off its seventh season with auditions for a big holiday musical and new classes for children and teens in acting, musical theater dance, and improv.

Elf the Musical Jr, based on the film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf, will be the theater’s holiday production. The story of Elf follows Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he was an elf, on his adventure from the North Pole to New York City… Continue reading

New Britain Youth Theater invites children to “Be our Guest” for a “Tale as Old as Time” as it produces Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr as its summer musical.  Beauty and the Beast Jr is a version of the Broadway hit musical (based on the Disney film) for young performers and audiences. In addition to the roles of Belle, the Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip, Gaston and LeFou, fun supporting roles include narrators, villagers, and dancing… Continue reading

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