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NEYT Invites Community to Share Immigration Stories

New England Youth Theatre invites the community to share their family immigration stories as a part of their production of “Rags”, which opens on December 6 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street, in Brattleboro.

“Everyone has a story,” says Hallie Flower, Executive Director of NEYT,  “we want to open up our theatre as a place for people to share how their ancestors came to this country”. As part of the celebration of the immigrant experience with their Holiday Musical Rags, NEYT will post stories and photos on their “What’s Your Story” Immigration Wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience.


Rags tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910.  As they struggle to make a new life in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, and corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, and hope in this deeply moving and inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, of greed and power, and of strength and love. With with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and music by Charles Strouse, the story examines the issues of prejudice, violence and hate that the immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country, and that still have relevance today.

We are undeniably a nation full of transplants. Whether your family been here in this country for generations or arrived just a few years ago; whether they traveled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear your story. If you have a picture to share or a short description of your family’s immigration story, they can be emailed, or you can bring them to the theater weekday afternoons, or bring them with you to a performance!

Rags performs December 6-8 and 13-15 at 7 pm, and December 8-9 and 15-16 at 2 pm. Tickets for these performances are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors, and $13 for Students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.

This show was made possible through generous support from Hazel Restaurant, DMI Paving, and Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors.

New England Youth Theatre is also supported by Foard Panel, the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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