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Melodrama Festival One

Sponsored by Howard Printing

A Story Familiar
Written by Natalie Rich and Dylan Frederick

Directed by Jay Gelter and Henry Weisel

Witness madness and mayhem as the British Hillside Players come together for the first time! Observe them both on and offstage! Actors will fall or fly as the pressure of opening night is upon them. There will be dramatic drama! Dancing! Singing! Accents! Even a somersault! You will laugh! You will cry! Maybe even applaud! All this and more is 100% guaranteed in this hysterical, highly physical, rollicking melodrama.

Face Time: A Pop-o-drama
Written and directed Maia Gilmour and Casey Greenleaf

What do you picture when you think about the future? In the pop-o-drama 'Face-Time' a future exists where almost nobody is old enough to remember the world we live in today. In this play, technology has advanced at such a rate that society didn’t even notice as nature and human connection was lost and forgotten. Evil principals, wise grandmothers, idealistic heroes and a little imagination collide in a journey that brings us back to what really matters - spending time with each other, face to face.

Come one, come all, bring your phones, then turn them off! We invite you to reimagine your future, and preserve the little things that make our world so beautiful and worthwhile.

Performances: July 1-2
Friday, July 1 at 6pm
Saturday, July 2 at 2pm and 6pm

Tickets: All tickets $8 includes both shows

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonny Flood and Rosa Palmeri
Sponsored by Bay State Financial

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Get Thee to the Funnery presents William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors as they interact with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. It’s a story of love, deception and magic! Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes to life in three free performances under the tent.
Performances: June 30-July 3
Thursday, June 30 at 7pm at NEYT
Saturday, July 2 at 11am at NEYT
Sunday, July 3 at 2pm at NEYT
Tickets: no charge
Into the Woods

Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Directed by Micheal Trzos
Musical Director Mary Sugar

Sponsored by Hazel Restaurant, The Richards Group, Trust Company of Vermont, Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll

Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk and Cinderella. These are just some of the cherished fairy tale characters we knew as children--hopeful as they ventured into the forest to find happiness in the ever after...But what happens when you've finished that last page and the book closes? Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine’s Into the Woods prowls through our beloved fairy tales with a modern twist. Whimsically following the trails of unlikely friends to find light in the darkest of forests.

Into the Woods offers a whimsically modern twist to classical fairy tales. A wavering Cinderella, conflicted princes, a rapping witch and many more come together, venturing far into a dark forest with a wish to find happiness. Bravery, determination and a bit of magic propel these characters through the tick of midnight. But as the world around them begins to break away from the confines of a fairy tale universe, these unlikely characters have to go deeper into the unknown; forced to recognize that what they want most in the world may have dire consequences.

Into to the Woods confronts the fears of growing up, the battle to establish morality and the powerful relationship between parents and children. It is also a promise, a promise that in this world, even the meekest can make a difference.

Performances: July 8-16

Friday, July 8 at 7pm
Saturday, July 9 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, July 10 at 2pm
Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm
Wednesday, July 13 at 7pm
Thursday, July 14 at 7pm
Friday, July 15 at 7pm
Saturday, July 16 at 2pm & 7pm

Tickets: Adult $15, Senior $13, Student $11
Circus Minimus
A Day in the Life of Circus

Sponsored by Prentiss Smith and Co.
Directed by Kevin O’Keefe

The Circus Kids Create return to NEYT for the fifteenth year. This year’s theme is TIME as we are inspired by the Beatles song - A Day in the Life. See a circus where circus itself is a character. Watch the screaming adorable baby turn into a precocious toddler, curious child, rebellious teen, harried adult, understanding parent, and wise old fool. See Shakespeare's seven ages of man come to life on the stage via tumbling, juggling, clowning, partner acrobatics and more.

Performances: Saturday, July 30 at 4pm and 7pm

Tickets: All tickets $8

Melodrama Festival Two

Sponsored by Howard Printing

Things That Ghost-Punch In The Night
Written by Jonny Flood
Directed by Maia Gilmour and Henry Weisel

When the Grayson family moved to Creaky Hollow, they had heard rumors of some paranormal activity, but didn't think too much of it. But after one night in the old house they learned the rumors were more true than they could ever have imagined. Now it's up to Luc and Lucia, TV's "Ghost Punchers" to save the day. Everyone's about to learn, however, that some things are scarier than others. And it may not be what it seems at first. Come enjoy this spooky, goofy, slapstick ghost-story about family, fear, and reality TV!

Hard Rock vs. Disco: The Fight to Determine the Future of the Entire World
Written by Jonny Flood
Directed by Micheal Trzos and Kristina Meima

The year is 1978. The musical landscape is changing. The fate of the entire human race hangs in the balance. One group of brave rockers is all that stands between the American artistic landscape and the marauding hordes of hairspray-wielding, high-heel-wearing, sequin-sparkling disco fanatics. Will Gus, Dave, and Wendy prevail against the evil corporate plot of Glitter Glitter Glitter Inc.? Or will Britney, Brenda, and Griff carry the disco torch into the 80s? Will Kurt and Tina get to enjoy a diverse record collection in peace without being unreasonably yelled at by their adult friends? Will Reed the sound-guy ever convince anyone that KISS is a decent band? There is only one way to find out!

Performances: July 22-23
Friday, July 22 at 6pm
Saturday, July 23 at 2pm and 6pm
Tickets: All tickets $8 includes both shows
Three Sisters

Sponsored by The Brattleboro Retreat
Written by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Eric Bass

Chekhov’s Three Sisters is a beautifully subtle play about disappointed dreams. In a rural Russian town, three sisters dream of moving to Moscow, the glamorous big city, and having a life of culture, wealth, romance, and elegance. Events conspire to make this dream fade, and the sisters must adjust to new realities. Three Sisters is a bittersweet drama with touches of comedy.

Performances: August 12-14
Friday, August 12 at 7pm
Saturday, August 13 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, August 14 at 2pm

Tickets: Adult $13, Senior $12, Student $10







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