Ultra Violet Productions is now accepting registrations for their Winter Theatre Session which begins on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The 10-week session runs through March 16, 2013 with their performance to be held on March 23, 2013 at the Black Box Theatre in Newtown. They will be performing “Willy Wonka the Musical.” Classes are open to children and teens ages 5-18 and are held on Saturdays from 10-11am at Dance Dimensions LLC, 14 Del Mar Drive in Brookfield. Children from all surrounding towns are welcome.
The mission of Ultra Violet Productions is to create a non-competitve, nurturing environment for children and youth to thrive in while encouraging them to find their own unique gifts and talents. Each class includes improvisation, fun theatre games, and vocal and physical warm-ups. Children are encouraged to participate as they feel comfortable. Their focus is on building a child’s self-esteem while teaching acting and singing skills.
For each of their sessions, Ultra Violet Production does a community service project in conjunction with their productions. Past projects have included food drives, visits with seniors in assisted living facilities, baking cookies for the elderly and much more. This session thy have chosen to donate a portion of ticket sales for “seed money” to benefit the soon-to-be-formed non-profit, Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids.
For those joining late, classes can be prorated and children and teens may join through Jan. 26. For more information call 203-826-7194 or email UVProductions@yahoo.com for a registration form.
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Bethel Youth Theatre Troupe Winter Session to Present Willy Wonka, The Musical
Ultra Violet Productions, a Bethel based youth theatre troupe, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the Musical for their winter session. The theatre troupe has been performing since January of 2010 throughout the Greater Danbury Area and incorporates community service and giving with all of their shows.
At the last show they presented at the Edmond Town Hall, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, students and their families collected a large amount of non-perishable food items to help stock the Brookfield Food Pantry. Last summer they presented a free performance of Snow White at the Brookfield Senior Home, The Cascades. Parents baked cookies and after the show the children visited with the seniors, signing autographs on their programs and socializing over dessert. From now through March they will be holding a sock, hat and glove drive to benefit the Dorothy Day Hospitality House to help Bethel and Danbury’s homeless population.
Students from Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Easton and Redding enjoy learning basic acting and performance skills while having fun in a non-competitive, nurturing environment that focuses on building a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Theater games, team-building games, improvisation and other activities encourage a child to feel comfortable in their own skin and gain the self-confidence they will need throughout their lives.
Ultra Violet Productions’ next session begins on Saturday January 12th and runs for 10 weeks through Saturday March 16th. Ages 5-18 are welcome to sign up. Classes are $150 per student per session plus a $25 annual registration fee. A 10% sibling discount is given to families. Classes are held at Dance Dimensions, 14 Del Mar Dr., Brookfield, on Saturdays from 10am-11am. The final production is on Saturday March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre (Dance Etc.), Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown.
Bethel Youth Theater Program Is “Wicked!”
Last Friday evening was literally the calm before the storm, or hurricane in Bethel’s case, for young thespians from Bethel and surrounding towns. Theater students ranging in age from 6-15 participated in Ultra Violet Productions’ original presentation of “Wicked Meets the Wizard,” an unique adaptation of the two popular musicals.
The two pact play was a combination of the Wizard of Oz and Wicked, the hugely popular Broadway play. The play began with a silent drama depicting the tornado that carried Dorothy off into Munchkinland.
The theater troupe practiced for 2 weeks, for about 2 hours per day at the last summer theater camp of the summer for Ultra Violet Productions, a Bethel-based children’s and teen’s theater troupe. Classes were taught at the Bethel United Methodist Church by Wendy Mitchell.
Twenty-five students from Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding and Easton all showed off their acting prowess and vocal talents as they sang many popular songs from the play. Bethel residents Ruby Mitchell, Mason Baliko, Max DiMeglio and yle Carbone starred as Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow and the Wizard of Oz. Joseph Iorfino, also from Bethel, played the doorman and Uncle Henry. Hannah Tucci of Danbury played Glinda. Redding actress Ellen Thome played the Tin Man and Boq (Wicked). The Cowardly Lion was played by Newtowner Charles Romano and the Wicked Witch of the West was played by Madison Iommazzo of Danbury. Sophia Carnicelli and Grace Cumming, both of Ridgefield, narrated.
The Wicked part of the play included Bethel student Jillian Ramey as Nessarose, Jordan Gray as Fiyero, Valerie Ferrante as Madame Morrible, Marketa Hlouskova as Shen Shen and Brittany Taylor as Galinda, all of Danbury, and Janna Sturges of Easton as Elphaba.
Janna and Brittany wowed the crowd with their rendition of “Defying Gravity,” which was also the Grand Finale song. ( click here to see video of rehearsal ) Parents got quite a kick out of the little munchkins who sang “The Lollipop Guild;” Christy Robertson (Bethel), Gracie & Faith Lange (Danbury), Becca Filiato (Newtown), Katie Stan (Newtown), and Anna Romano (Newtown) and Maddie Baliko (Bethel).
Anna also played Dorothy in the first scene which was a silent drama that Jordan narrated. Munchkins doubled as winged monkeys and each student got many chances to sing and act in the 90 -minute production.
A fog machine and a bubble machine added to the special effects as the students played very convincing parts. Bethel student Paul Rodgers managed the stage and all of the props and Wendy Mitchell wrote and directed the play.
All of the students performed extremely well and learned a full-length play in just 2 weeks! Parents and friends were very impressed.
Students are gearing up for their next two productions: a Halloween flash mob for teens and pre-teens and a HUGE Christmas spectacular that will be presented at Capellaro’s Grove in Bethel. Classes begin on Tuesday September 6th and run in 8-week sessions as follows:
The first session is preparation for a Halloween flash mob for 2nd-12th graders and a mini Halloween musical for Pre-K, KG & 1st grade.
6-week session, Sept. 20 through Oct. 29, $125
Location: Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
2nd-4th from 5-6pm
5th-8th from 6:15-7:15pm
9th-12th from 7:30-8:30pm
**Performance is Saturday Oct. 29, Bethel location to be determined
6-week session, Sept. 24 through Oct. 29, $125
Location: Karate America, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel
Pre-K & kindergarten & 1st grade from 11:30-12:30pm
**Performance is Saturday Oct. 29, Bethel location to be determined
The second session is preparation for the Christmas spectacular and runs for 6 weeks on Tuesdays, Nov. 1 through Dec. 10 and Saturdays Nov. 5 through Dec. 3, same times & locations as above. Price is $125 per student for the 6-week session.
**Performances are Sat. 12/10 &12/17 at 11:30am and Fri. 12-23 at 2pm all at Capellaro’s Grove in Bethel.
To register your child or for more information, email UVProductions@yahoo.com or call 203-826-7194.