NEYT presents “As You Like It, a musical adaptation”

New England Youth Theatre proudly presents AS YOU LIKE IT a musical adaptation, Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub, Directed By Rebecca Waxman. The show will be performed at 7 pm on August 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, and at 2 pm on August 3, 4, and 10.

As You Like It, Shakespeare’s bewitching tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise, has been joyously adapted and set to song, featuring an original folk-pop score by virtuoso Vermonter Shaina Taub. This As You Like It was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017 and is a raucous and inclusive celebration of life and love.

Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.

“The creative process of this production has been wildly imaginative – with costume and makeup design that will make your jaw drop,” says Director Waxman, noting that the look of the show was heavily influenced by 80’s fashion “a glamorous, eccentric style that’s fabulous for the stage”.

“This material has proven to be a fantastic vehicle for seasoned young actors, many of whom are exploring new approaches, new colors, and new physicalities” adds Waxman, “and the catchy score was instantly beloved by this cast, and by all who hear it.”

This gorgeous musical adaptation of As You Like It calls for a large, diverse, joyful community in the forest of Arden – a welcoming group of exiles, refugees, and country-folk – who live, sing, eat, dance and give thanks together. First commissioned by Public Theatre’s Public Works project, the original production In New York had over 200 community members in the show — non-professionals working with veterans of the stage. Likewise, Waxman has recruited members of the NEYT community — parents, alumni, faculty, and staff — to participate in the production, to help illustrate the inclusive, joyous world of the play. 

With Musical Direction by Cailin Marcel Manson, Choreography by Katherine Partington, and Costume Design by Monika Grist-Wiener, this production will be a feast for the ears and the eyes; you won’t want to miss this explosively merry and bewitching show

The play performs August 2 at 7 pm, August 3 at 2pm and 7pm, August 4 at 2pm, August 6-9 at 7pm, and August 10 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets for these performances are $15 for Adults,  $13 for Seniors, and  $11 for Students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, 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 The Latchis Hotel & Theatre; Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll and Brown Computer Solutions.

New England Youth Theatre is also supported by 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. Attached photo of Django Grace and Luna Cuming-Shaw courtesy of Katrina Spenceman.

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