In 1963, the Newington Children’s Theatre (NCT) was formed by the Newington Parks and Recreation Department as a creative program for the town’s young residents. In succeeding years, the program grew in scope and participation, involving hundreds of young theatre artists, technicians and volunteers, and entertained thousands of audience members by touring throughout Connecticut, as well as in New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and Virginia.
In 2002, after nearly forty years of operation as a town program, a dedicated group of longtime volunteers realized that in order for the program to grow and flourish, it was necessary to break away from the town and become an independent non-profit educational organization. With the blessing of the town, the current NCT was incorporated and received non-profit recognition. In 2003, NCT became known as the Newington Children’s Theatre Company.
After renovating a space for rehearsals in 2004, NCTC moved into it’s current home at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. For the next seven years, NCTC upheld the tradition of touring production throughout CT. while performing at home a couple weekends throughout the year. NCTC produced lovable classics like Beauty & the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Charlotte’s Web, to name a few.
In 2009, the theatre changed its operating name to NCTC Performing Arts Theatre. The name change recognizes that several of NCTC’s participants are young adults rather than children as well as the fact that so many participants come from outside Newington’s borders. The new name acknowledges the theatre’s successful history as Newington’s Children’s Theatre company while looking into the future as it becomes far more than its founders ever envisioned.
Our 2011-2012 season was the first season of year-round programming for NCTC. In addition to our Summer
Theatre Arts Program, NCTC offers a plethora of classes, school vacation workshops, productions, performance opportunities, outreach and one-of-a-kind customized plays for birthday parties at the theatre!
After over fifty years of providing quality entertainment and hands-on educational programs in the performing arts to children and young adults, NCTC would like to THANK YOU for your continued support, helping to keep the “curtain raised” for the next 50 years and beyond!