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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.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Eric Bass
Acting Intensive by Hallie Flower

Chekhov’s Three Sisters is a beautifully subtle play about disappointed dreams.  In a Russian rural 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.  It is a play in which very little really happens in the plot, and yet quite a lot happens inside the characters in which they are swept away by passions, and in which they accept their fates.  This is a play for actors who want to go inside their characters and explore the fertile ground where what one shows to the outside world may be very different from what one experiences within.

AUDITIONS: February 26th 4-6:45pm

Ages: 14-19
Tuition: $500

July 25th – August 12th
Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

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


Please arrive on time and ready to work at 4pm. Expect to be at the theatre for the full time.  Everyone is auditioned at the same time and in the same exercise.  Bring one object that has a special significance or meaning to you.  The object cannot be a photo or portrait, but anything else is good. Wear loose fitting clothing, in which you can move.  Be prepared to learn a few lines of text on the spot.  

Andrey Prozorov: The son of a high-ranking Russian army officer. He studies to be a professor, but after his marriage he turns to gambling. He is an ineffective man who accomplishes nothing.
Olga Prozorov: The eldest of the three sisters, she is the matriarchal figure of the Prozorov family though at the beginning of the play she is only 28 years old. She wants desperately to return to Moscow. She teaches languages in the town’s high school and becomes headmistress, but she is unhappy with her lot.
Masha: The middle sister and the wife of Fyodor Kuligin. She once thought her husband clever, but she has been disillusioned. She falls in love with Vershinin, though he cannot leave his wife and children for her. She is 23 at the beginning of the play, has a short temper, and her wit comes across as heroic.
Irina Prozorov: The youngest of Andrey’s sisters, 20 at the beginning of the play. She believes she will find her true love in Moscow, but when it becomes clear that they are not going to Moscow, she agrees to marry the Baron Tusenbach, whom she admires but does not love. Her hopes are dashed when the Baron is killed in a duel.
Natasha: Andrey’s ill-bred, rude, and selfish wife. She takes a local official, Protopopov, as her lover.
Fyodor Kuligin: Masha’s husband. He is an ineffective man who teaches in a high school. He is a jovial and kind, and truly loves his wife, although he is very much aware of her infidelity.
Ivan Chebutykin: a medical doctor and friend of the Prozorovs. He is an incompetent medical practitioner. Sixty years old, Chebutykin starts off as a fun, eccentric old man who exults in his place as family. Later in the play, while drunk, he suffers an existential crisis. Still later, he comes to terms with his crisis or perhaps he has been broken by it.
Baron Tusenbach: An army lieutenant in love with Irina. A kind and honorable man, he is killed in a duel by Captain Solyony, his rival for Irina’s affections.
Captain Vassily Solyony: BaronTusenbach’s rival for Irina Prozorov’s love, a social misfit. He kills the baron in a duel over the young woman.
Alexandr Vershinin: An artillery commander; he believes the world and people will get better and better. Vershinin is a true philosopher. He falls in love with Masha but cannot leave his family for her.
Ferapont – Door-keeper at the local council offices; Ferapont is an old man with a partial hearing loss. He repeatedly blurts out random facts, usually relating to Moscow.

Anfisa – An elderly family retainer and former nurse; Anfisa is 81 years old and has worked forever for the Prozorov family. Natasha begins to despise her for her feebleness and threatens to throw her out but Olga rescues her, taking her to live at Olga's teacher's flat.
Possibly two other army officers.


INTO THE WOODS – Summer Musical
For ages 13-19

Directed by Micheal Trzos
Vocal Intensive by Alisa Hauser
Musical Director Mary Sugar

(MARY SUGAR is a musical director, pianist, and teacher based in Syracuse, NY. She spent 11 years on and off-Broadway. She has toured & worked internationally with many Broadway artists such as: James Naughton, Charles Strouse, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Marni Nixon, Barbara Cook, Lonny Price and many, many more. She has toured nationally with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The King and I, The Producers, Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity, Annie, Spamalot, Cinderella, and Aida. Mary has worked for The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse University Drama among others. She has served as musical director and/or pianist productions for numerous central New York productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom, Evita, A Chorus Line, The Secret Garden, Into The Woods, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, A Little Night Music, Falsettos, Into The Woods, Songs For A New World, and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Mary has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music, Fordham University, Pace University, Musical Theater Works Conservatory, and more; teaching classes in musical theater performance, scene study, and audition technique.)

Auditions – February 28th 12:30-4pm

Rehearsals: please note this is earlier than previous years
June 20th – July 8th 9am-4pm M-F
also please notice that there will be rehearsal on July 4.

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

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s 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 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.

This musical is sure to be a wickedly good time! To audition, please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from the list provided and a brief contemporary monologue from the provided selections. Looking forward to seeing you at the audition!

-Micheal Trzos

If you do not see a song listed for a character you are interested in, please select anything similar from the below. You will have an opportunity to make your wishes clear at the time of audition.

We have PDFs of both the music and text selections available for email.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive materials


Into the Woods (from Opening Part II)
"Into the woods, it's time to go"... (thru)..."do you have a basket"
18 measures

Hello, Little Girl
"Look at that flesh"...(thru)..."take your time."
18 measures

I Know Things Now
"Mother said"...)thru)..."excited & scared."
19 measures

Giants In the Sky
"When you're way up high"...(thru)..."giant at the door."
16 measures

"Did I abuse her"...(thru)..."out of your reach."
16 measures

Stay With Me
"Don't you know what's out there in the world"...(thru)..."stay with me"
18 measures

Steps of the Palace
"you think, what do you want"...(thru)..."stuck to the steps of the palace"
32 measures

Moment In the Woods
"Wake up...(thru)..."never. It's these woods"
23 measures

No More
"No more riddles"...(thru)... no more"
16 measures

Character Breakdown:

An intellectual & pleasant storyteller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.
Vocal range: G3-Eb4

A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Vocal range: G3- G5

The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
Vocal range: B2-G4

Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, & strong-willed.
Vocal range: Bb3-Gb5

A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy & is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.
Vocal range: Ab2-G4

Determined, independent, bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She takes matters into her own hands to achieve ends.
Vocal range: F3-G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

The greedy, mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
Vocal range: A3-F#5

Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Vocal range: C4-Ab5

A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
Vocal range: Bb3-F5

Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.
Vocal range: F3-G5

Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
Vocal range: E4-F4

Self-important bureaucrat.
Vocal range: open

Out of touch with his family but means no harm.
Vocal range: open

A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Vocal range top: G2-Eb4

Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.
Vocal range: Bb2-Gb4

A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Vocal range: B3-A5

Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.
Vocal range: B2-F4

Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.
Vocal range: C#3-E4

Voiceover. The Giant's wife is an angry and vengeful 'monster.' She is seeking restitution for her loss. Doubles as townsperson.
Vocal range: open

Small role. Doubles as townsperson
Vocal range: open

Small role doubles as townsperson
Vocal range: open

Red’s feisty, knife-wielding grandmother. Comic role
Vocal range: open


EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl

There is no choice of any importance in life but the choosing of a beloved. I haven’t met Orphe-us, but he seems like a serious young man. I understand he’s a musician. 

(The Father thinks—oh, dear)

If I were to give a speech at your wedding I would start with one or two funny jokes and then I might offer some words of advice—Cultivate the arts of dancing and small talk. Everything in moderation. Court the companionship and respect of dogs. Grilling a fish or toasting bread with-out burning requires singleness and purpose, vigilance and steadfast watching. 
Keep quiet about politics but vote for the right man. Continue to give yourself to others because that’s the ultimate satisfaction in life—to love, accept, honor and help others. 
As for me, this is what it’s like being dead: the atmosphere smells. And there are strange high pitched noises—like a tea kettle always boiling over. But it doesn’t seem to bother anyone. And, for the most part, there is a pleasant atmosphere and you can work and socialize, much like at home. I’m working in the business world and it seems that , here, you can better see the far reaching consequences of your actions. Also, I am one of the few dead people who still remem-ber how to read and write. That’s a secret. If anyone finds out, they might dip me in the River again. I write you letters. I don’t know how to get them to you. I love you. 

EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl


Eurydice! Before I go down there, I wont practice my music. Some say practice. But practice is a word invented by cowards. The animals don’t have a word for practice. A bird doesn’t sing for practice. She sings because she’s happy or sad. So I say: store it up. The music sounds better in my head than it does in the world. When songs are pressing against my throat, then, only then, I will go down and sing for the devils and they will cry through their parched throats. Euryd-ice, don’t kiss a dead man. Their lips look red and tempting but their mouths taste like oatmeal. I know how much you hate oatmeal. Please, wait for me. 

ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler 


The last time he was here he had to jump out a second story window to rescue her shoe. He could’ve broken his neck, could’ve ruined his career. Hollywood ain’t interested in no leading man with a broken neck. What kinda parts is he gonna play…broken neck parts!? Corpses?! And look what I found…the shoe! …She does have an unusual problem though. This is a shoe for a right foot, which leads me to believe that this woman has two right feet. What the hell does she look like, Phillip, some kind of awful monster roaming the Philadelphia streets, leaning to the right?!

EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl 


I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me. I was afraid. I’m not worthy of you. But I still love you, I think. Don’t try to find me again. You would be lonely for music. I want you to be happy. I want you to marry again. I am going to write out instruction for your next wife. 

To my Husband’s Next Wife:
Be gentle. Be sure to comb his hair when its wet. Do not fail to notice that his face flushes pink like a bride’s when you kiss him. Give him lost to eat. He forgets to eat and he gets cranky. When he’s sad, kiss his forehead and I will thank you. Because he is a young prince and his robes are to heavy on him. His crown falls down around his ears. I’ll give this letter to a worm. I hope he finds you. 

Love, Eurydice. 



Hello. Oh, it’s so thrilling to meet you. My aunt and uncle said to me you mustn't go bother them, and plus she’s never ever there, but then we had out binoculars out and we saw your car drive up, and I thought, i can’t believe she’s here! I can meet Masha Hardwicke. A woman who has archived fame and success in theater and in motion pictures. I LONG to make theater my life, and I hoped I could meet you, but then I didn’t dare think it would actually happen But it has. And today is my name day, can you imagine? Americans like to say “birthday”, but I like to say “name day” because I love the play of Anton Chekhov and Irina in Three Sisters is always say-ing “it’s my name day.”



Lunch will be a little delayed. I dropped the omelettes on the floor. I’m going to have to start over. BEWARE OF NINA! I warned you, but the curse of Apollo keeps everyone from acting on my warnings. (feels drawn to make a bit of a speech) 
Oh mystery and misery, descends upon me like a thundercloud, pregnant with rain and Jupiter’s arrows. The terrible burden of true prophecy, of my unwanted but unstoppable prelude. Look out, look out—all around us are lions and tigers and bears. Oh my, the omelette is a failure, I crush it beneath my foot. 
The libation beaters bring guts and entrails and parents’ children chopped up and served in a shepherd’s pie. Oh wretches, oh misery, oh magical mystery tour. Beware of the future. I know you will not abide me, you ignore because I am not tall. But I am right! I see disaster ahead for all of you!…Lunch in 20 minutes!

Jungle Book

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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