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NEW ENGLAND YOUTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

BRATTLEBORO, VT New England Youth Theatre executive director Hallie Flower is thrilled to announce their 2019 season, celebrating 20 years of theatre for youths in the greater Brattleboro area. With many NEYT alumni returning as writers and directors, the season also features 6 plays written by women, including one original musical adaptation by a Vermont playwright:

  • Town School Theatre’s Winter Fest! Three original one-acts performed by students from three local elementary schools in this free after-school arts enrichment program. Written and Directed by Putnam Smith.  In February.
  • A Wrinkle In Time  adapted by Tracy Young as an homage to fans of the children’s literary classic, featuring a fresh framing device. Directed by Katrina Spenceman & Julia Tadlock in March.
  • Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, A witty and thought-provoking look at women’s suffrage in England in the late 1800’s.  Directed by Hallie Flower in April
  • The region’s only inclusive theatre troupe, Theatre Adventure, performs Raising Our Voices Together, an original musical with music by Rich Nethercott performs at the West Village Meeting House , in April.
  • Dear Edwina, Jr. Directed by Rebecca Waxman with Music Director James Pecsok in early May.
  • Theatre Adventure’s Jill & Jack & The Beanstalk May 15-17 at the West Village Meeting House
  • Town School Theatre’s Spring Fest!,  three new schools perform three new plays written & directed by Putnam Smith in May/June.  
  • 20th Anniversary Alumni Production of Scapin by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell, adapted from Molière, Directed by NEYT Founder Stephen Stearns with NEYT Alumnus Taylor Patno in June.
  • 20th Anniversary Alumni Production of Horse Drawn Yogurt Written & Directed by Peter Gould in June.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream  This 20th anniversary production of NEYT’s first show will be directed by original cast member Ben Stockman, who returns from his directing career in NYC for this sparkling celebration. With additional direction by Shakespeare & Co. Founder John Hadden, Linklater Voice Coach Keely Eastley, and additional visiting artists, this all-company performance will be one to remember!
  • MELODRAMA FESTIVAL 2019: The Rules of Comedy and PIRATES! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard; NEYT’s most popular summer program brings alumni back to the campus to direct two hilarious one-acts in July
  • The Regional Premiere of As You Like It The Musical, Adapted by Vermont native Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery, With Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub, This adaptation was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017. Directed by Rebecca Waxman in August.
  • Summer Shorts! – a compilation of fun and funny skits by our summer Junior company, directed by Putnam Smith in August.
  • The Empress of the Moon a hilarious farce inspired by Aphra Behn, performed by NEYT’s Commedia troupe. Written and Directed by NEYT alum Rosa Palmeri, in October.
  • ClownTown 2019 – Clown TV! Written & Directed by NEYT alum and master clown Doran Hamm in November.
  • Matilda the Musical,  based on the award-winning novel by Roald Dahl and directed by NEYT Executive Director Hallie Flower, this annual all-company Holiday Musical wraps up the season in December.

“I love telling new and unusual stories that speak to the connectedness of our human experience and this season is particularly full of such material. The collaborative spirit that defines NEYT is very much on display as well, with lots of visiting artists and alumni returning to work together on some really exciting events in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, including the 20th anniversary production of our very first show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will directed by returning alum (and original cast member) Ben Stockman. From the suffragist movement in England at the turn of the century in Blue Stockings, to Roald Dahl’s exhilarating tale of empowerment, Matilda, the Musical, this season will lift the spirits and inspire the imaginations of audiences of all ages. – Hallie Flower, Executive Director of New England Youth Theatre

Dates, times and tickets for all of NEYT’s productions can be found at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. New England Youth Theatre is located at 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.

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

For More information, contact Katrina Spenceman at katrinaspenceman@gmail.com

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