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Town Schools Theatre Spring Festival

Written & Directed by

Putnam Smith, Shannon Ward and Doran Hamm

The Town Schools Theatre Spring Festival brings together Green Street, Academy, and Dummerston schools to perform three short plays in one great evening of theatre. Each play is written with prompts from the students themselves. The culmination of a 6 week program, the Spring Festival also features costumes, props, sets, and lighting that the kids helped design and put together.

Ghost Sharks Season 45, Episode 3, directed by Shannon Ward and performed by students from Greet Street School, follows a TV crew investigating a Bed & Breakfast, whose owners claim that the house is haunted. Or is it all a ploy to drum up business?
Runaway Robot, directed by Putnam Smith and featuring students from the Dummerston school, is a Frankenstein tale of a robot who escapes from the scientist’s lab, leaving a trail of comedic destruction in its wake.
The festival concludes with The Quest For the Grail/Armour/Harp/Spring Of Great Importance, directed by Doran Hamm and performed by students from Academy School. In this medieval romp, we meet a sorcerer, giants, assassins, and valiant heroes, all searching for a much-coveted grail, which may or may not actually exist.

Come cheer on these students from our local elementary schools and enjoy the adventures they will take us on!

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PERFORMANCES:
  Friday, May 31st @ 7pm
  Saturday, June 1st @ 7pm

TICKETS:
  All seats $8

Sponsored by Sam's Outdoor Outfitters.

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Scapin

adapted from Molière by Bill Irwin & Mark O'Donnell

directed by Stephen Stearns

with Taylor Patno


Our Alumni Association is thrilled to revive this adaptation of Molière in celebration of our 20th anniversary! When previously performed, Scapin was heralded as one of NEYT's funniest, fastest-paced, wildest, and most outrageous romps of all time. This tour de force of comedic farce, slap stick, melodrama, and commedia dell'arte, follows Scapin and Sylvestre, servants enlisted by Octave and Geronte, whose wealthy, miserly fathers forbid them from marrying their penniless lovers. When Scapin and Sylvestre agree to aid the young men in their efforts to dupe their families and happily elope, deception, chaos, and comedy ensue! Scapin is a show for all ages, temperaments, and persuasions: nonstop, gut-busting, riotous, must-see entertainment. Don’t miss it!

* Please note the matinee performance on Saturday is at 1pm.  We will have an open celebration at the theater between shows, hosted by the staff and board, from 3:30-5:30pm.

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PERFORMANCES:

  Friday, June 14th @ 7pm
  Saturday, June 15th @ 1pm & 7pm
  Sunday, June 16th @ 2pm & 7pm

TICKETS:
$15 (adults), $13 (seniors), $11 (students)


Sponsored by Southern Vermont Arts & Living and The Brattleboro Reformer.
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Horse-Drawn Yogurt

written & directed by Peter Gould
ALUMNI ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION

This collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the back-to-the-land movement will be brought to life by NEYT Alumni actors.

You’ll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people, new to the land, learned how to tend gardens, animals, and fields, while belonging to a national movement against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world. Peter Gould's Vermont commune memoir published by Green Writers Press, brought to life by NEYT Alumni actors.

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PERFORMANCES:
Friday, June 28th @ 7pm

Saturday, June 29th @ 7pm

TICKETS:  All seats $6.00

Sponsored by Prentiss Smith & Company.

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 A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

directed by Ben Stockman

This Shakespearean classic was NEYT's very first production. Now, twenty years later, alumnus Ben Stockman teams up with vocal coach Keely Eastley to celebrate “the house that Shakepeare built with clown hands.” Midsummer is a rollicking party play with heartache, betrayal, and jealousy, a magical tale populated by lovers, fools, faerie folk, imagination, and invention! The Senior Shakespeare cast will be joined by our junior company under the special direction of John Hadden to round out this All-Company collaboration!

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PERFORMANCES:
  Friday, July 12th, 6pm
  Saturday, July 13th, 1pm & 6pm
  Sunday, July 14th, 1pm

TICKETS:  $15 (adult), $13 (senior), $11 (student)



Sponsored by Trust Company of Vermont and Baystate Financial.

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Melodrama Festival 2019

The Rules of Comedy

by Peter Bloedel
directed by Hayden Bunker & Raphi Shamas

The audience is given a side-splitting lesson in what's funny and what's not funny. In order to prove that the Rules of Comedy work, they are hilariously inserted into one of the most popular tragedies of all time: William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The Rules of Comedy is a physical comedy "blow-out" with an interesting twist that showcases the cast's ability to handle tragic drama, as well. Playing by the rules has never been so much fun

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Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard

by Joshua Mikel
directed by Amy Majer & Cassie Dunn

A friendly game of pirates becomes all too real when overzealous Theodore accidentally falls into a giant sinkhole and wakes up to find himself amongst real high sea swashbucklers. Before getting back to the real world, he is forced on an epic journey with his companion Harriet the Ghost in a quest to find the notorious pirate Weird Beard and foil the mutinous Mr. Clunky Bones. Will Theodore be able to save Captain Cramp Hand's ship from falling into evil clutches and return to his friends in time for ice cream?

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PERFORMANCES:
  July 26th @ 6pm
  July 27th @ 2pm & 6pm

TICKETS: $8

The two shows are performed back-to-back; each ticket includes admission to both.

Sponsored by Howard Printing.

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As You Like It: A Musical Adaptation

by Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery
music & lyrics by Shaina Taub

directed by Rebecca Waxman
with Hallie Flower
music direction by Cailin Marcel Manson

Shakespeare's bewitching tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise has been joyously adapted and set to song. This show was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Commissioned by the Public Theatre's Public Works project, and featuring an original folk-pop score by virtuoso Vermonter Shaina Taub, this show is a raucous and inclusive celebration of life and love.

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PERFORMANCES:

  Friday, August 2nd @ 7pm
  Saturday, August 3rd @ 2pm & 7pm
  Sunday, August 4th @ 2pm
  Tuesday, August 6th @ 7pm
  Wednesday, August 7th @ 7pm
  Thursday, August 8th @ 7pm
  Friday, August 9th @ 7pm
  Saturday, August 10th @ 2pm & 7pm

TICKETS:
 
$15 (adults), $13 (seniors), $11 (students)


Sponsored by The Latchis Hotel & Theatre; Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll and Brown Computer Solutions.

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Summer Shorts

directed by Putnam Smith

Summer Shorts showcases several short plays that have an emphasis on fun, contemporary, and often comedic material. Students work and play together over the course of this one week program, getting the shows ready for performance, while bonding with each other and sharpening their acting chops. Every student gets cast in at least two of the shorts, giving more opportunity to try out new things, and stretch different acting muscles. 

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PERFORMANCES:
  Friday, August 16th @ 6pm
  Saturday, August 17th @ 2pm & 6pm

TICKETS:
  $8 (general admission)

Sponsored by the Brattleboro Outlet Center.

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Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

Written by The Neo-Futurists
Directed by Jane Baker

30 plays in 60 minutes? You bet! Directed by our beloved Jane Baker, TMLMTBGB (as it is affectionately known) is a collection of wildly funny plays written by The Neo Futurists, who pioneered this new form of theater with this play, which went on to become Chicago’s longest running show, now in its 27th year and the most produced and the ultimate Neo-Futurist experience.

What is a “New-Futurist” experience, you ask?
The Neo-Futurist aesthetic demands that everything that transpires in their theater be non-illusory, which is to say that they pretend nothing; actors only play themselves. The plays are wildly eclectic, touching on all genres and tones; they may be political, satirical, personal, tragic, comic, abstract, musical, surreal, or poetic.

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PERFORMANCES:
Friday, October 4th 7pm
Saturday, October 5th 2pm & 7pm
Friday, October 11th 7pm
Saturday, October 12th 2pm & 7pm

TICKETS:

Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $11

Sponsored by Experienced Goods Thrift Shop



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CLOWN TV!

written & directed by Doran Hamm

"Now In Living Color!" Kick back with your popcorn and browse your favorite channels of our new and improved clown television. Check out clown-coms, clown commercials, clown crime, clown soap opera's, clown news, clown sports all brought to you by your local NEYT! Clown Town gives young actors the tools they need to become fearless, electric, and alive while up on stage. Tailored to the unique talents, skills, and interests of the students, this program develops original clowning ‘bits,’ which are worked up into performable scenes. Learning from masters in clowning technique, students play with sound, pantomime, and movement to physicalize the telling of a story – and have a ton of fun in the process!

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PERFORMANCES:
  Friday, November 1st @ 7pm
  Saturday, November 2nd @ 2pm & 7pm
  Tuesday, November 5th @ 9:30am (SCHOOL SHOW)
  Friday, November 8th @ 7pm
  Saturday, November 9th @ 2pm & 7pm

TICKETS:
 
$13 (adults), $11 (seniors), $10 (students)


Sponsored by Foard Panel.

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Matilda: The Musical

by Roald Dahl

directed by Hallie Flower

The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


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PERFORMANCES:
  Thursday, December 12th @ 7pm
  Friday, December 13th @ 7pm
  Saturday, December 14th @ 2pm & 7pm
  Sunday, December 15th @ 2pm
  Thursday, December 19th @ 7pm
  Friday, December 20th @ 7pm
  Saturday, December 21st @ 2pm & 7pm
  Sunday, December 22nd @ 2pm


TICKETS:
 
$15 (adults), $13 (seniors), $11 (students)

Sponsored by The Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development, Europa IT and The Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association.

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INFORMATION

Ticket prices are specific to the show. Please see each show description at the left for pricing.

All ticket sales are final. Ticket holders may exchange tickets for available seating for another performance of the same show up to 48 hours prior to their performance. Tickets cannot be exchanged for a performance of a different production later in the season. Call 802.246.6398 ext. 101

Online ticketing is available until one hour prior to the stated event time.


You can also purchase tickets during box office hours, Wednesdays 12pm - 5pm at our theatre, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro,VT.

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