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

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June 15 Group Audition Notice
This year for the first time ever on June 15th beginning at 3:30pm NEYT will be conducting group auditions for three shows: Our Town, Clown Town, and The Wizard of Oz

Students ages 9 to 12 will audition for any or all the shows they choose from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Students ages 13 to 19 will audition for any or all the shows they choose from 6pm until 9pm.

Our Town
Sept 1 to Oct 18
Director: Jane Baker
Ages: 13-19
Tuition: $450
Rehearsals: Sept 1 to Oct 9
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4pm to 6:45pm
For Our Town please prepare:
-    a 1 minute monologue from a 20th century American play

Our Town, by Thorton Wilder, is neither a comedy nor a tragedy, neither a romance nor a farce. It is, rather, a contemplative work concerning the human experience that takes place in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire from 1901 through 1913.  Although at first glance the play feels simple it actually addresses huge issues.
In it, the characters constantly struggle to realize that the eternal exists even within ordinary events

Please consider auditioning for this play if you are ready to work hard, play hard and take on the challenges that a complex play like this demands.

I was in this play in high school and I can tell you it will change how you look at life. For reals.
Act I takes place on May 7, 1901;
Act II takes place on July 7, 1904, with a flashback to approximately one year earlier;
Act III takes place in the summer of 1913, with a flashback to February 11, 1899

Clown Town
Sept 1 to Nov 8
Ages: 9 to 19
Tuition: $450
Rehearsals begin September 8
Directors: Stephen Stearns and Doran Hamm
For Clown Town be prepared to come and have fun and enjoy the bonds of Comedy, Love and Laughter with your devoted clown servants Stephen and Dory.
NOTE from Uncle Stevie (Stephen the Director) about the “CLOWN TOWN” audition.
    There is no preparation for the “Clown Town” audition. Stephen and Dory will lead you in some imagination games that allow you to be free and make “interesting” choices.  The whole thing about clown is “there are no mistakes… only discoveries”, so the whole show will be based on YOU being YOU, and opening up the “Interesting” side of YOU, perhaps the “Silly” side of you. In other words, slipping on a banana peel and going to the Emergency Room is not funny. But slipping on a banana peel and getting up funny is funny; or getting up as if falling was the most wonderful thing ever, that is funny; or waiting ten seconds after falling and then, and only then, after the “Wait For It”, you scream bloody murder in pretend pain, well, that’s REALLY FUNNY.

This year we will create a brand new original comedy; Clown Town. Our ideas for the play will take root in the “soil” of the great comedy masters of the past, from Charlie Chaplin to Mr. Bean. The root of our work will be
clown. What is clown? It is not red hair, big shoes and a flower that squirts water in your eye. It is not tying balloons. It is not walking on stilts. It may include a bit of all of those, but clown is a way of living. It is a way of being. It is a way of seeing the world. A clown, your personal clown, maybe either an innocent baby, or a monster, or both at different times. A clown can be generous or selfish, naive or a clever trickster. The clown lives in an upside down world where nothing is good or bad, just interesting. For the clown, everything is new and wants to be explored, to be tested, to be changed and rearranged. Clowning is the real world around us when everything goes wrong, or right in the unexpected ways imaginable. Our new show will begin with classes where we will explore comedy and the roots of clowning. From those classes, you will learn all the “tricks of the clown’s comedy trade” and create your own personal clown character and costume. From there, as an ensemble company of actor / clowns, we will develop situations with funny conflicts that lead us into hysterics. We will take the best of those comedy experiments and glue them together into a play that has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and the end will be our show, “Clown Town”. It is sure to include lots and lots of audience laughter and applause. And will we get the pie in the face and slip on the old banana peel? You bet ‘cha!

The Wizard of Oz
Oct 26 to Dec 13
Director: Hallie Flower with assistance from Doran Hamm
Ages: 9-19
Tuition: $500
Rehearsals: October 26 to December 3
For Wizard of Oz please prepare:
- monologue optional for Wizard of Oz
- 16 bars from a Musical Theatre song. No pop or rock. Bring sheet music.
There will be an accompanist.
-    You will also be asked to learn a short dance combination.

You’ve seen the movie, now YOU can be a part of bringing your favorite characters to life on the NEYT stage! All your favorite songs, high energy dances, and a timeless story filled with adventure and heart. Follow the yellow brick road to what is sure to be a show to remember. You will be singing, dancing, acting and, like Dorothy, you are sure to make some new friends along the way.

Dorothy Gale
Glinda (doubles as Aunt Em/Emily Gale)
Scarecrow (doubles as Hunk — a farmhand)
Tinman (doubles as Hickory — a farmhand)
Lion (doubles as Zeke — a farmhand)
Guard (doubles as Uncle Henry/Henry Gale)
Miss Almira Gulch (doubles as Wicked Witch of the West)
Professor Chester Marvel (doubles as Wizard of Oz) - this is a non-singing role

Ensemble parts include:
Three Crows, Three Trees, Ozians, Jitterbugs, Beauticians, Manicurists, Nikko — commander of monkeys, Winkies, Toto, Munchkins including: Munchkin Mayor, Munchkin Coroner, Munchkin Fiddler

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