PRIZE-WINNING DRAMA “OUR TOWN” TO BE PERFORMED BY NEW BRITAIN YOUTH THEATER TEEN COMPANY
New Britain, CT – The weekend of June 24 through 26, the Teen Company of New Britain Youth Theater (NBYT) will perform Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Hole in the Wall Theater in downtown 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 gimmicks, 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 and chairs), 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. Over twenty teen actors and crew members from throughout central Connecticut are involved in the production.
NBYT Executive Director Darren Farrington, who co-directs the play with Angela Klimaytis, says that NBYT has always aimed to produce classics along with newer and original plays and musicals. “Our Town is one of our country’s great plays,” Farrington says. “It’s been among the most-produced plays by high schools and other teen groups for eight decades for a reason. The play teaches a lesson about slowing down and enjoying the small moments in life that’s probably even more relevant today than it was in 1938.”
Our Town will be performed at Hole in the Wall Theater, located at 116 Main Street in New Britain. Performances, all open to the public, are Friday, June 24, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors.
For tickets or more information, please visit New Britain Youth Theater's website: www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115. For more information and directions to Hole in the Wall Theater, as well as other events and performances at that location, please visit www.hitw.org.
Contact: Darren Farrington, Executive Director
New Britain Youth Theater
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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 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.