“My daughter first auditioned for NPT’s summer production of Oliver when she was ten years old. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. Not only was that summer fantastic because she made so many new friends, but it helped fast track her career in musical theatre because she got to work with so many Broadway professionals.
This experience opened a whole new world to her of performing with NPT that continued throughout the year with other shows. Each one helping to develop her skills, expose her to more seasoned professionals with a lifetime of stage, movie, and TV experience to share, and solidify friendships she has made within the NPT family.
It truly is a family that cares for each other as well as the community. NPT’s partnership with other non-profits has enlightened my daughter to the struggles of our neighbors. With NPT she began volunteering at various soup kitchens. This new sense of philanthropy has now extended to her life outside of NPT, and I’m so proud of her for this commitment to the community. Without her involvement with NPT, I don’t know that this would have happened at such a young age.
As a teenager now she is really looking forward to NPT’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. It’s going to be the best one yet!” – Jen Rubin (mom of Sienna- 13 years old)
“NPT is absolutely amazing! I can’t begin to explain how much my daughter has grown socially, vocally, & instrumental over the past 3 years working with NPT! Her tremendous stage fright and social anxiety has gotten under control thanks to NPT! She is a new person!” – Susie Semple (mom of Katie – 12 years old)
“I cannot remember a time when our daughter, Sydney, did not want to pursue a future in theatre. Sydney has been involved with NPT in a variety of ways over the last several years, and she most recently performed in NPT’s Annual Holiday Show at the Fairfield Theatre Company. To promote the show, Sydney accompanied NPT’s Artistic Director Kristin Huffman to WTNH Channel
8 to appear on CT Style, which was definitely a thrill! This year’s cast of performers put Sydney in a unique position – as a high school performer, not only was she in a position to watch and learn from the professional performers, but she was also in a position to be a role model for the younger performers. Not unexpectedly at this time of year, Sydney became very sick just one week before the show and became quite hoarse. As a professional show with a fast-paced rehearsal schedule, back up plans were put in place, but she was determined to do what was needed to get on that stage. A combination of vocal rest, tips from the pros on their tried and true home treatments, and the humbling, but no less satisfying, “sharing” of her featured part in one of the songs, allowed her to rehearse and perform both shows. NPT has always stressed the importance of honoring commitments, and we are incredibly proud of Sydney’s dedication and commitment to her director and cast (both adults and children). She has also learned through her experiences that, while everyone wants to be a “star,” the goal is to put on the best show possible, an important lesson for performers of all ages. This show alone gave Sydney so many opportunities to learn about the life of a performer.” – Mary Maher (mom of Sydney 17 years old)
“Gaby thoroughly enjoyed being part of the NPT HOLIDAY SHOW! We were unbelievably impressed with the performance of the entire cast. Such incredible talent! She was so thrilled to be a part of it. Gaby loves singing and being on stage, so I must say from beginning with her first experience with the “SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR” competition to the HOLIDAY SHOW, this has been a truly magical experience for her. She is still talking about how awesome it was being on stage and performing with the Broadway stars and Miss CT! The positive energy, professionalism, feedback and encouragement from you, the cast, the judges and audience were amazing and have only fueled her passion. Thank you so much again!” – Stacy Richer
“I wanted to take a moment to let you know what a wonderful experience it was to allow me to perform at The Norwalk Symphony Pops Concert with New Paradigm Theatre.The event was very professionally organized and run from start to finish.The rehearsals were done in a timely manner such that the arrivals of the performers were not wasted.(I’ve done some so called “Professional”sessions that became a big time waster for all!!)
The most important aspect in my opinion was the opportunity for the young people that were involved both in the orchestra and the theatre groups to actually perform with the “pros”. To have someone of Paul Bogaev’s stature to conduct this event was like a “gift” of experience for all.I hope that the event was considered a success by the powers that be,and that they are looking to more events like this in the future. Thank You. Again.” – Gabe
“I want to thank the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and New Paradigm Theatre for their warm hospitality, and for making the 2015 Pops Concert most enjoyable! Having played with various musical groups, I felt very welcome and included in this well-organized ensemble. The rehearsals went very well, maintained focus, and successfully achieved the goals of the conductor. I was also impressed that additional “youth” musicians from the area were included, which surely helps in mentoring their future musical careers. This orchestra has a great future, and performs top quality, well-prepared music. Thank you for inviting me to play.” – Carlen Mandes, Professional Flutist
“I am so grateful that I won the New Paradigm Theatre’s, “So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star” because it has turned out to be a gift that keeps on giving. After I had used a few of my prizes, I realized that I had yet to use my “Savvy Actor Crash Course MBA weekend.” I didn’t really know what it was all about, but saw that the expiration date was fast approaching and I didn’t want to lose it. I am so glad I didn’t because it was an amazing experience. The “Crash Course weekend” encompassed so many aspects for making theater a viable career choice. We learned new ways to set goals, marketing tools/resources, efficient business/personal financing tactics, etc. I had the opportunity to learn from knowledgable coaches who use tools and resources that all actors and performers should explore at some point. Kevin Urban, Jodie Bentley, and Doug Shapiro were fantastic; they guided a class of actors who were all at different points in their career through a weekend of self discovery; it was an extremely supportive environment. I learned about a whole new side to the acting business that I had yet to grasp before my weekend with Savvy Actor. It was really an invaluable experience, and I would definitely recommend working with this group for any actor looking to gain some more insight into this crazy theater business!” – Amanda Forker
“Having a chance performing with Kristin and NPT at the Watermark at 3030–I had an amazing chance getting feed back from an older generation! They were great because they’re honest and polite. Not to mention they know more about old Broadway than I do. I love seeing the smiles on their faces and the smile they gave me!! I’ll definitely perform more!” – Nicholas Quinn
New Paradigm Theatre is much more than just a music theater program. We love it, especially for our children, because in addition to NPT’s core entertainment industry and performance experience, this unique organization offers it’s students an invaluable education in giving back, inclusion, and good citizenship.
My daughter was one of the youngest children to join New Paradigm Theater for a summer production in 2016. She was tiny and inexperienced, but thankfully Kristin Huffman and her team saw a spark in her audition. Since then, my daughter has joined NPT for several productions and concerts. Each experience has been more positive, educational and exciting than the next for her.
With NPT, Scarlet has had the pleasure of performing in creatively updated classic productions, meeting and performing for entertainment legends such as Sandy Duncan and Tamara Tunie, and has made wonderful friendships with the other performers. She has also enjoyed learning from and performing along side some of the industry’s most talented artists. These generous professionals teach confidence, determination, and resilience, through a foundation of performance arts and appreciation of community service, which I know will last Scarlet a lifetime. – Tara Tanzer
My name is Steve Musitano, I am a Senior at Sacred Heart University. When I first began with New Paradigm Theatre, it was the summer of 2018 for their production of “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I started as their choir conductor, but immediately became apart of the family they created. From my first step into the rehearsal of 2018 to the last step out of West Side Story, I feel nothing but love and education coming from everyone in this program. They hire professional directors, stage managers, and actors to create an educational environment that fosters only the highest level of learning. You may be the newest person to the stage, but you’re standing next to a Broadway veteran learning techniques and skills that you wouldn’t get in any books or in school. For those who are new to the scene, or searching for more experience, this is the place for you. Some things just can’t be taught in the classroom, and the only way to learn is by doing…This is the place! “Hunchback of Notre Dame” taught me valuable conducting techniques, which I acquired from the Broadway legend Paul Bogaev. When I got the call about “Westside Story,” I immediately accepted. I got the chance to work with a professional symphony alongside actors who have been on the Westside tours, or on actual Broadway. I love everything NPT does, they pick shows that can be intertwined with today’s relevant issues. “Hunchback of Note Dame” partnered with a local burn care foundation and showed the audience about acceptance no matter what your appearance is. Westside story is about immigrants in America, a reoccurring topic today. This is an amazing opportunity, if you’re thinking about an internship do NOT overlook New Paradigm Theatre. They put on great shows, offer you amazing connections, and help guide you along the way with anything you need. Once you’re a part of the family, you’re in for life!
“This year was my second year performing with the New York City Children’s Theater as it collaborate with NPT and it was an amazing experience! Just like last year, I had a fantastic time working with New York actors and getting the chance to perform the plays of young writers. Being a young creative writer myself, it was a nice experience to see what young writers want to watch. Being a young actor, it was also nice to see and talk to other performers who have experience in the professional world. The New York Children’s Theater has a very talented and respectful group of directors, stage managers, and assistants. They have given me some of the tools to be able to work with new plays and now take more New York auditions. I had an amazing time last year, an amazing time this year, and I hope/can’t wait for next years new experience with the New York Children’s Theater” – Ajibola “Keeme” Tajudeen- 14 years old (Bridgeport)
What a great opportunity this was! I had done shows before but I had never done something like this and it really helped me grow as an actress. Getting to be a part of the New York City Children’s theatre Readings for the middle school play writing competition helped me learn about how to preform read-throughs and preform better altogether. What really impressed me was that the rehearsal process showed me how fast paced everything really was done. Me and some of the other members of the theater company I perform with, New Paradigm Theater, got to go on a train from Connecticut to New York to be a part of this. And when we were there we performed and practiced in front of the middle schooler writers who had written our plays which was my favorite part. I am sure it was cool for them to see their words come to life. I can’t wait until next year when they do this event again. – Sienna, 13 (Easton)
One attendee of NPT’s Bye Bye Birdie from the Fairfield County Chorale wrote: “What a great show. This theater group is very special. They reek of inclusivity, including professionals working alongside college interns and youngsters of all ages. I’m glad I saw this production!”