Melodrama Festival Part 1:
A Scientist, a Prince and a Whole Crew of Frogs: A Fairy Fail
Friday, June 28 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 29 at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Tickets: All seats $8.00
Written & Directed by Andrew Marchev and Shannon Ward
Prince Paulie is such a brat that his own royal parents banish him from the realm until he can prove he is mature enough to be the heir to the throne. In the outside world, however, Paulie soon offends a witch, and gets turned into a toad. In order to return to humanity and be accepted back at the royal court, he needs to have a Princess fall in love with him! Will Paulie’s new friends, precocious biology student Katie Bogmann and virtuosic dancing frog Renee Le Sapo, be able to help save him? Will Paulie finally grow up, or will he get swallowed up in a frog eat frog world? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in this exciting melodrama!!
The British Hillside Players Present:The Marvelous, Multidimensional, Melodramatic Rendition of A Story Familiar
Friday, June 28 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm & 7 pm
Tickets: All seats $8.00
Written and Directed by Natalie Rich and Dylan Frederick
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 you'll even applaud! All this and more is 100% guaranteed in this hysterical, highly physical, rollicking melodrama.
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Stephen Stearns with Taylor Patno, Alisa Hauser, and Alli Lubin
Friday 7/5 at 7pm
Saturday 7/6 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday 7/7 at 2pm
Tuesday 7/9 at 7pm
Wednesday 7/10 at 7pm
Thursday 7/11 at 7pm
Friday 7/12 at 7pm
Saturday 7/13 at 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: $11 students, $13 seniors, $15 adults
The 1950's are out and change is in the... HAIR! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.
It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her new-found power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!
While an extremely upbeat musical about hair and dancing, "Hairspray" also hits on some more serious subjects. The definition of beauty, body image issues, and racial prejudices of the time - Baltimore, 1962 - are major themes in the production.
NEYT's senior company will perform the production, with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Hairspray, based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, was first produced on Broadway in 2002 and ran for over 2,500 performances, closing in January 2009 and inspiring the 2007 film version starring John Travolta.
Get Thee to the Funnery:
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonny Flood with Peter Gould, Andrew Marchev, and Claire Greene
Performances: Friday 7/12 at 4:30pm & Saturday 7/13 at 10:30am
Tickets: By Donation
Since 1998, Peter Gould’s Get Thee to the Funnery has been getting together for two weeks each summer in Northern Vermont to study Shakespeare and to work our hearts, minds, bodies, and voices. Our goal is to exercise our hearts, minds, bodies and voices so much that our performances resonate in the minds (and hearts, bodies and voices) of EVERYONE (players, staffers, audience members, everyone!) for the other fifty weeks of the year!
Since our humble beginnings, we’ve added four new camps across the state. The Chelsea Funnery is in its eleventh year, and is only getting bigger. A junior Funnery in Craftsbury, Get Thee to the Funnery, Too! is excited to start its third summer this year. And last year, the inaugural season of the Funnery at Highgate Apartments in Barre ended with a brilliant showing of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
We are incredibly excited and grateful to the New England Youth Theatre for the opportunity to extend BACK to Brattleboro as well—back to where Gould and Stearns started teaching Shakespeare together a long time ago! We are eager to present to you The Tempest, an epic and magical story of love and family.
Circus Minimus presents
The Bedtime Circus
Performances: Saturday 7/20 at 2pm & 6:30pm
Tickets: $8 General Admission
People spend one third of our lives in bed. What happens in that time? Dreams, nightmares, sleep, insomnia and more will be incorporated into the greatest tumbling, juggling, clowning, partner acrobatic, art, theater, dance, stilt, unicycle show ever done. This exciting, family friendly performance is directed by Kevin O'Keefe, former instructor for the Big Apple Circus.
Melodrama Festival Part 2:
Performances: Friday 7/26 & Saturday 7/27
Tickets: $8 General Admission
Professor Mobius and The Architects of Doom
Written & Directed by Andrew Marchev & Shannon Ward
When time travelers Professor Mobius and Janet land in 31st century New Guilford there appears to be trouble lurking underneath the glitz of the ultra-modern megalopolis. Strange and nefarious events are occurring all over the city, and all signs seem to point to the Architects of Doom. Janet and the Professor team up with no non-sense Detective Lucy Aguilar to crack this mystery that serves up thrills for the whole family. With a caveman, a ninja, a mad scientist and rampaging musical cyborgs, this dystopian science fiction is a melodrama you won’t want to miss!!
Murder By Indecision
Written by Daniel O'Donnell
Directed by Aleda Bliss & Hayden Bunker
The world’s best-known murder-mystery playwright, Agatha Crispy, attempts to crank out one last manuscript. Characters come to life onstage as she types, crumpling with every balled-up page tossed in the trashcan. When she pauses, her characters assume minds of their own and lament how she's ruining their literary reputation with this final flop— if only they could somehow influence Agatha to help both her and themselves!