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All auditions take place at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat
Street, Brattleboro, VT.  802-246-6398

If you cannot attend auditions – e.g. you live very far away – please send a video submission of one (or more) of the speeches AND a short song to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hello you all!

Extra audition day for Jungle Book on Monday, December 7 at 4pm

Welcome to the first step of the next young company play at New England Youth Theatre. We're going to start rehearsing right after the New Year.

Some of you may know The Jungle Book (yes, it was a great Disney cartoon!) Maybe you've read it, or had it read to you when you were little.

But, did you know that Rudyard Kipling wrote most of it when he lived in BRATTLEBORO? More than a hundred years ago? That's right, and there's a whole story about how he came to live here and why he went away.

I'm going to direct a new version of "Jungly Book," as I call it, and there will be lots of opportunity to act, move, sing, dance, strut, slither and holler like an elephant, monkey, snake, or crocodile. And we'll learn about how old Ruddy came to tell those stories up on--that's right--Kipling Road!

I'm not the only director. Shoshi Bass, Chris Yerlig, and Bill Forchion will be helping out with music, movement, mime, dance--it's going to be a fun, fun, fun rehearsal period, and fun to perform, in mid-February.

Auditions are November 16, from 4-6pm so, if you can go find either Jungle Book or Just So Stories, and try to learn a paragraph or speech that lasts about a minute, that would be great. We will have an easy audition. We'll all be in the room together, and cheering each other on, and learning how to project our voices, and move easily on the stage.

We have posted two examples of audition pieces, and there are copies at and in the lobby of NEYT from the Jungle Book. Feel free to use those!

Download a PDF of these audition pieces here.

Please think of this audition as fun and non-threatening. It's the first step toward forming an exciting group--an all-for-one and one-for-all troupe who'll bring a lot of delight to our audiences in February.

See you at the audition!      

Auditions: November 16, from 4-6pm for ages 9-12.
At The New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro
802-246-6398 ext. 102 for more information

Directed by Peter Gould with choreography and movement training by Shoshi Bass, Chris Yerlig, Bill Forchion!

Rehearsals: January 4 to February 11
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from
3:30 to 6pm
There will be no rehearsal on MLK Day, January 18.
Extended rehearsal January 25 (WSESU Inservice)
There may be extended rehearsals during the week of February 8.
Friday, February 12 and 19 at 7pm
Saturday, February 13 and 20 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, February 14 and 21 at 2pm
School Show Tuesday, February 23 at 9:30

The Blind King and the Sleeping Queen Auditions
Actors ages 9 to 19 Here is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss: acting in a revival production of The Blind King and the Sleeping Queen, The Musical, written by Stephen Stearns and Peter Amidon. The time has come to bring this beloved show to new generations.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 1
11am to 1pm 9-12 year olds
5-7pm 13 to 19 year olds

February 22 to April 7
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm
Extended rehearsal hours possible March 28th possible (times not yet determined)

Friday, April 8, 7pm
Saturday, April 9th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, April 10, 2pm
School Show, Tuesday, April 12, 9:30am
Thursday, April 14, 7pm
Saturday, April 16, 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, April 17, 2pm

The Blind King and the Sleeping Queen is a “high flying, swashbuckling” tale of loyalty, villainy, adventure and a quest for the “Water of Life”.  If you want to imagine the genre of The Blind King and the Sleeping Queen, think of The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Pink Panther with a dash of Shakespeare. The show has just about everything: great story of love lost and found, devotion and betrayal, both comic and serious songs, dancing, melodrama action, verbal word play and physical comedy.
The Blind King and the Sleeping Queen was written by Amidon & Stearns back in the early years of NEYT when the theater was housed in the Latchis Theater Number 4 and it was the very first play produced by NEYT in its current home on Flat Street.
There are over thirty characters in The Blind King SQ: the king and queen, their children, a soothsayer and sorcerer, doctor, jester, man and woman side kicks to the royal children, Iago, the villain, a forlorn princess and her attendants on the Isle of Budah, Juan Ravolta, the bar tender and staff at the Budah disco, a ship captain, his crew and first mate, the pirate king and his crew, the outrageous Farfanella Family.

 So why not join this magical monster of a show? It is sure to be a slam dunk express train of a musical extravaganza success, fast paced and furiously funny.
What to prepare: 16 bars of a song of your choosing, comic or tragic (bring sheet music for the accompanist to play). Tell a joke. Do something to make us all laugh, anything at all.
We hope to see you at the audition!


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