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December 30, 2017

New Britain Youth Theater “The Brothers Grimm: The Gnome”

What do a lemon tree, a dank closet, and a five-headed dragon have in common? All three are important to the plot of The Gnome!

Based on a lesser known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and adapted by the writers of NBYT’s Unlocked and Penny and the PiratesThe Gnome includes three princesses, three knights in armor, a five-headed dragon, a king and queen, a jester, and a gnome named Gnathan who causes hilarious mischief for them all! The original script features comedy styles from vaudeville to slapstick to improv, and is reminiscent of comedy legends from the Three Stooges to Monty Python.

NBYT will hold auditions for The Gnome for young actors ages 6 through 12 on Monday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 17. Monday auditions will be held at NBYT’s space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in Berlin. Wednesday auditions will be held at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain at 2150 Stanley Street. Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The production will be performed at Holmes Elementary School on April 20, 21 and 22.

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, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. To schedule an audition, use NBYT’s new online registration, email auditions@nbyt.org, or call (860) 515-8115.

Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. There is no cost to audition. Those cast will register and be asked to pay a participation fee of $150 after casting, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage.

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