Thank you to our season sponsors: The Bear Bookshop and Foard Panel.
May 27/ 28
Come join the NEYT Mentors for a high school themed Mentor Cabaret! Reminisce about your high school days, or come get a sneak peak of what's in store! It’s an evening filled with laughs and surprises! The NEYT Mentors support younger actors and assist the theatre with activities like clean-up days and volunteering at events.
It’s fun for all ages! Join us on May 27th and 28th at 7pm. All tickets are $10 and are sold at the door. NEYT t-shirts will be for sale for $15.
Sponsored by Farnum Insulators
Actor and 2011 alumus Taylor Patno returns from New York City to NEYT for one weekend only and brings with him some of New England Youth Theatre's brightest stars to celebrate the past, present, and future in an extraordinary musical event.
Maia Struthers- Friedman
Further casting announced soon!!
*Performers availability subject to change*
Performances: June 3 and 4
Friday, June 3 at 7pm
Saturday, June 4 at 7pm
NEYT Alumni present The Tragedy of Coriolanus
For their 10th anniversary production, the NEYT Alumni present The Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, directed by Jessica Gelter.
The Tragedy of Coriolanus was Shakespeare’s final tragedy, written sometime between 1607 and 1609, during a time of political unrest in England. It is the story of Caius Marcius, who climbs the ladder of power through his military prowess, earning the name of Coriolanus. Though praised by Rome's ruling class, he is reviled by the common people he is sworn to protect. After defeating his chief rival, Aufidius, on the field of battle, Coriolanus is pressured by his friends and mother to take the position of Consul. But bringing his hawkish, uncharitable leadership to an impoverished and starving populace is met with violent rejection. Rome's protector is banished, only to return leading the armies of his formal adversary.
It is a story of breaking the status quo, being pressured to be something you are not. All the characters must fight to break the expectations society has place on their roles.
Sixteen alumni from all across the country will return to the New England Youth Theatre stage to present the production. The cast includes James Gelter as Caius, Alec Silver as Aufidius, Shannon Ward as Volumnia, Colin Hinckley as Menenius, as well as Sophie Bady-Kaye, Anja Alden, Wyndham Maxwell, Maia Gilmour, Dory Hamm, Julia Waldron, Henry Weisel, Clark Glennon, Saskia Bailey-de Bruijn, Kate Maisner, Christopher Diak and Noah Smith.
“We have a strong ensemble. Something amazing about working with the alumni is that we all speak more or less the same language in the rehearsal room,” says Gelter. “Because we all grew up learning similar techniques we have an ingrained understanding of how to work together - its like we’re a company that has been working together for 10 years. I think one of the best examples of this is our Shakespeare Unrehearsed projects.” Each January the Alumni association presents a Shakespearean play, rehearsing and producing the work in just 24 hours.
Founded by Stephen Stearns, who has a PhD in Shakespeare, New England Youth Theatre has emphasized training its actors using Shakespearean text. Through partnerships with Shakespeare and Company and the Birmingham School of Acting, NEYT has brought in leading professionals in the art of performing Shakespeare to teach its summer programs. Directors and coaches like Kevin Coleman, John Epstien, Keely Eastley, and David Vann gave actors a strong foundation in understanding and embodying Shakespeare’s text, pulling on raw teenage emotion, experiences, and more to create lively and accessible productions.
Performances: June 10-12
Friday, June 10 at 7pm,
Saturday, June 11 at 2pm and 7pm and
Sunday, June 12 at 2pm
Tickets: $12 adult, $10 Students and Seniors and $5 NEYT Summer Students
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
By Written 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 prowl's 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
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
How Do You Do, Mr. Lincoln?
Written by Jonny Flood
Directed by Maia Gilmour and Henry Weisel
Abraham Lincoln has the legacy of being America’s greatest president. But did you know he was once a bumbling young lawyer wooing the beautiful Mary Todd? Did you know she once dated his political rival? Did you know their story is the main inspiration for every romantic comedy ever? Come enjoy a time when romantic comedy cliches weren’t cliches yet; when The Great Emancipator was still getting dating advice from his colorful collection of lawyer friends; when Honest Abe was just that tall lawyer with the weird beard. They say behind every great man is a great woman. Well, behind every great man and woman there is a great story. Come see that story.
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
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