NEW BRITAIN – 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 enchanted objects!
Registration is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 16, from any town, and space is limited. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from June 27 through July 22. Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children who register will be cast in the show, but auditions will be scheduled in June to place children in roles. Over the course of the program, the cast will rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes to be used in the show. Rehearsals and performances will be held at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Performances will be held on July 22, 23 and 24.
The cost per child is $400, and participation includes a free show shirt and an NBYT drawstring bag.
Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 16, the theater offers an opportunity for a limited number of children ages 5 and 6 to join the program during the final week and be part of the cast. As with the full program, all children who register will perform in the show. Cost for this one-week program is $100.
For more program details, registration forms to download and print, and general information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.
Contact: Darren Farrington, Executive Director
New Britain Youth Theater
About New Britain Youth Theater
Founded in 2010, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens in Connecticut. NBYT provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, and offers drama classes, individual coaching and lessons, and summer programs. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and over fifty towns throughout Connecticut. NBYT programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Stage Performance classes, in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment programming, community outreach programs, and more. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in schools and community spaces throughout Greater New Britain. NBYT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.