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February 12, 2016

Teen Auditions for Our Town

Our Town logoNew Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for the classic American drama, Our Town, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, at NBYT at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 50 High Street in New Britain (next to the library). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. For those cast, rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The production will be performed on June 24-26 at Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain.

Our Town is a 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. The play tells the story of the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913 through everyday events in the lives of its citizens. Wilder used several theatrical devices, setting the play in the actual theater where it is being performed, and having several characters speak directly to the audience. The play is traditionally performed without a set (other than two tables, chairs, and a few minimal pieces standing in for other furniture and locations), and the actors typically mime their actions without the use of props. Although period costuming was originally used and often still is, the play is now performed just as frequently in modern dress to emphasize its timelessness.

 Participation is open to 13 to 19 year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast is sought. Rehearsals will include some workshop days in pantomime, improv, and ensemble building, and will also include significant time on building characters and understanding their relationships to each other. Actors auditioning should prepare a 10-20 line monologue from a 20th Century American play, and will also read sides from the script. Callback auditions may be scheduled if necessary. Actors seeking advice or feedback on an audition piece are welcome to contact the directors early. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in helping backstage.

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