January 8 & 9
The NEYT Alumni present Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Benefit for the NEYT "Angels in the Wings" Scholarship Fund
New England Youth Theatre’s Alumni Association pays homage to its parent organization and explores new theatrical ground with the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, an "unrehearsed" version of one of the Bard’s most fanciful and enchanting comedies (and also NEYT’s first-ever production). This perennial favorite follows the antics of four young Athenian lovers as they stumble into the forest realm of two feuding fair-folk deities.
In an attempt to authentically emulate the Elizabethan-era process of theatrical production, NEYT’s alumni will be performing the show with no more than 24 hours’ worth of rehearsal. In Shakespeare’s day, rigorous performance schedules and reliance on sunlight allowed for precious little rehearsal time: actors would perform one show per day, six days a week. Like the Lord Chamberlain’s Men before them, the young actors from throughout NEYT’s history will find themselves thrust headfirst into the world of Shakespeare’s rich wordplay, imagery, and wit. Watch out – as they stay on their toes, you will surely stay on the edge of your seat! NEYT alumnus Ben Stockman directs.
Shows will be at 7PM on January 8th and 9th. All proceeds will be donated to NEYT’s “Angels in the Wings” scholarship fund. Tickets are available only at the door, by donation. Suggested donation $10.