February 25, 2015

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Auditions Announced for Youth Theater and Museum Collaboration

Midsummer logoThe New Britain Youth Theater Teen Company will hold auditions for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Monday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain. The production will be performed outdoors on June 25-28 on museum grounds in collaboration with the New Britain Museum of American Art. An additional performance will be held at the Barnes Museum in Southington.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, combines upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, four love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells and potions, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Inspired by the colonial collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art, co-directors Nicki LaPorte and Brooke Ferguson will set the production in pre-Revolutionary America.

Auditions are open to 12 to 19 year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is sought. Those auditioning should prepare a 30 to 60-second Shakespeare monolog. Actors will also be given dialogue from the script to read at auditions. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in production and backstage positions.

The NBYT Teen Company is a program of New Britain Youth Theater in which teens become involved in choosing, producing, and promoting their own theater. The program offers leadership opportunities and a chance for teens to suggest the shows they want to do, all while under the guidance of NBYT directors. For more information about New Britain Youth Theater and the NBYT Teen Company, visit the company’s website at

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