NEYT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR 2016 SHOWS
All auditions take place at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat
Street, Brattleboro, VT. 802-246-6398
SENIOR COMPANY FALL PLAY
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
For ages 13-19 tuition $450
Directed by Rebecca Waxman, with Sandy Klein
AUDITIONS: June 6th 4-6:30pm
We all want our stories to be heard…but are we willing to pay the price when our true selves are revealed?
Six Characters in Search of an Author is a 1921 Italian play by Luigi Pirandello. A metatheatrical masterpiece, it premiered in Rome to shouts of "Manicomio!" ("Madhouse!") and "Incommensurabile!" ("Incommensurable!"), references to the play's outrageous narrative.
The story begins on a bare stage where a troupe of actors is in mid-rehearsal. Six individuals break into the theatre and demand an author who will cast them in a play—and literally save their lives. Pirandello's brilliant exploration of the nature of reality versus illusion, truth versus artifice, and the workings of the creative process has been given a wonderfully fresh update in Robert Brustein’s contemporary script.
“Six Characters in Search of an Author is the most original and dynamic play ever written in any nation, or at any time, whether ancient or modern.” – George Bernard Shaw
REHEARSALS Begin Monday, August 29th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & some Fridays from 4-6:30pm
Extended hours during tech week.
PERFORMANCES: October 7 – 9 & 14 - 16.
Friday, October 7th 7pm
Saturday, October 8th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, October 9th 2pm
Friday, October 14th 7pm
Saturday, October 15th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, October 16th 2pm
Extra, interesting reading for our smarty-pants kids:
Pirandello’s work plays with the central tension in the modern theater between the desire to create a perfect illusion of extra-theatrical reality on the stage and the contrary impulse to celebrate the very illusoriness of all theater. Modern drama calls attention to the fact that theater is both a representational art, like painting or writing, and a performing art, like dance or music. The actors on stage are at the same time real people and representatives of fictional characters. One of the startling elements of Pirandello’s play is the separation (which he emphasized in his stage directions) between the “characters” and the “actors.” As the theorist Bert States has written,
"we tend generally to undervalue the elementary fact that theater—unlike fiction, painting, sculpture and film—is really a language whose words consist to an unusual degree of things that are what they seem to be…. Or, as [the playwright] Peter Handke puts it, in the theater light is brightness pretending to be other brightness, a chair is a chair pretending to be another chair,”
and, of course, a person is a person pretending to be another person.
- Pericles Lewis
The Company (adaptable to fit any ensemble)
Ensemble Actors (3 to 6 )
The Six Characters
Mother (silent, grief-stricken)
Father (proud, resentful)
Son (20’s, disdainful)
Stepdaughter (fiery, arrogant and bitter)
Boy (looks young. No lines.)
Little girl (looks very young. No lines.)
Emilio Paz (unctuous pimp/madam)
*The ‘company’ will be an ensemble developed in rehearsal. The text we are using is meant to be adapted to whatever group is using it – individuals may be actors, musicians, technicians, stage manager, director. Most importantly, they play, essentially, some version of themselves in a current, natural context.
Do you think it’s possible for a dramatic character to exist after an actor’s done playing the part? Listen – isn’t that what we try to do when we act – we try to bring life to something that’s dead on the page. Now who’s to say if, when we bring this character to life, you know, this personality, that maybe it does continue to live on in some way. Maybe it does haunt the theatre, you know. Wouldn’t you feel better if you knew something you’d created, that you brought to life, could continue to exist? I mean, in the movies there’s a record; but here, on the stage, all we do is rehearse it, perform it, and then it closes and it’s gone.
JUNIOR COMPANY CLOWN TOWN 2016
For ages 9-13 tuition $450
Directed by Stephen Stearns with Chris Yerlig & Bill Forchion
AUDITIONS: Sunday June 5th 1-3:30pm
The clowns are back in town for CLOWN TOWN 2016!
Come explore clown, mime, and physical comedy with NEYT founder and Clown of the first order, Stephen Stearns.
This year we ask: What happens on a typical day in the Clown Factory? We will explore the roots of clowning and comedy - and put on our own show! You will learn the "tricks of the clown's trade" and become and ensemble of clowns!
Come ready to move, have fun, watch, listen, and be willing to try new things! Make up & rehearse up to a 30 second speech about why you love, or think you will love, acting, and perform your speech as a zany, eccentric, unusual person who is pretty much unlike who you are in real life. This will do very well to have lots of physicality in it, such as an unusual and interesting walk, body posture, hand and arm movements, and so on. Be inventive and have fun with it. Come to the audition ready to take off your shoes, let your "hair down", and dare to look and be silly. We are all silly at times, and the "Clown Town" audition is a great time for all of us to have massive fun, and to look silly! And that means me, Uncle Stevie, too!! :O)
REHEARSALS: Begin Monday, September 12th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:45-6:30 & some Saturdays
Extended hours during tech week.
Friday, October 28th 7pm
Saturday, October 29th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, October 30th 2pm
Friday, November 4th 7pm
Saturday, November 5th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, November 6th 2pm
It is possible to audition for both CLOWN TOWN & MARY POPPINS
HOLIDAY MUSICAL – JUNIOR & SENIOR COMPANY
For ages 9-19 tuition $550
Directed by Hallie Flower
AUDITIONS: Sunday, June 5th 12-4:30pm
Junior Company 12 -2pm (dance call at 12)
Senior Company 2-4:30pm (dance call @ 2)
Callbacks, Monday, June 13th
“Anything can happen if you let it…”
Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Tree Lane. Things are not going well for the family – The parents are at distant odds and the children are out of control and in need of a new nanny. Jane and Michael have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker they should have, while their father is insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”
FAMILY MEETING: October 10th 6:30-8pm
REHEARSALS: Begin October 11th 3:45-6:45pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday with some Saturdays
Most actors will be called 3-4x a week
Extended hours during tech week
Thursday, December 8th 7pm
Friday, December 9th 7pm
Saturday, December 10th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 11th 2pm
Thursday, December 15th 7pm
Friday, December 16th 7pm
Saturday, December 17th 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 18th 2pm
Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Eric Bass
Acting Intensive by Hallie Flower
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CAST.
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
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
INTO THE WOODS – Summer Musical
For ages 13-19
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CAST.
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!