New Britain Youth Theater Planning Summer Musical Production of Into the Woods Jr.

NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Youth Theater has announced that its summer musical production for ages 7 through 16 will be Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods Jr. Rehearsals and performances will be held this year at Raymond Hill School in New Britain. “We’re excited about this new partnership with Raymond Hill,” said NBYT Executive Director Darren Farrington, “and the chance to work on one of the nicest school stages in New Britain.” 

In Into the Woods, fairy tale characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Rapunzel, and the Witch—meet and interact in an original twisted tale. The story centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Additional roles include princes, Cinderella’s family, Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, Jack’s mother, Jack’s cow, a wolf, narrators, woodland animals, and a mysterious man. 

Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program  on Mondays through Fridays from June 30 through July 25 (except for July 4) with a weekend of performances at the end of the program. Rehearsal hours will be 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. Registration for the program is open to children from any town. Performances of the musical will be held on July 25, 26 and 27. 

For more program details, a registration form 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.

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