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NEYT presents: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 2 pm

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Jul 8 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

New England Youth Theatre presents the THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show is directed by Rebecca Waxman, with Music Director Mary Sugar and Lead Choreographer Shoshana Bass, and will be performed July 7-9 and 11-15 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro.

A loving send-up of musical theater, The Drowsy Chaperone is one of those shows that has audiences smiling from start to finish - goofy and funny in all the right ways, it is just the kind of escape we all could use today. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan known only as Man In Chair; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage while he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Laugh-out-loud funny, it lovingly skewers the tropes of early 20th Century musical theatre through the lives and action of the characters - each more outrageous and hilarious than the last.
The production is directed by veteran NEYT director Rebecca Waxman, with musical direction by visiting artist Mary Sugar. The exuberant dance numbers were choreographed under the direction of Sandglass Theater’s Shoshanna Bass, with additional choreography by Francesca Bourgault, owner of Wyndham Movement Apparel and dance instructor at Brattleboro School of Dance, and Brenda Siegel, who runs the Southern Vermont Dance Festival here in Brattleboro. Hippy, hoppy and infectious, audiences will be tapping their feet to the music as the cast, aged 13-19, sing and dance along to music played by a student pit band under the direction of NEYT alum Riley Goodemote in collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center.
“The Pit Band Program is one of my favorite things that we do here at NEYT,” says New England Youth Theatre Executive Director Hallie Flower, “The band is comprised entirely of students, and this interplay between the student actor and the student pit gives each an incredible learning experience. For the band especially, it is an entirely new and different way to play, one that can’t be replicated by playing at a traditional concert or recital.”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, and hailed by New York Magazine as ‘The Perfect Broadway Musical,’ the play also serves as a window into the racial, gender, and social stereotypes of the early twentieth century. “Choosing a play like this allows us to open up a dialogue with our kids and explore issues that can be both healing and educational. Given today’s cultural climate and the immediate things happening in our local community, we feel a responsibility to be leaders of change with our kids, which includes working on and presenting material that can be sensitive or sticky,” says Waxman of the production. Allowing the students to be in engaged in the dialogue as they mine the material is a part of the process that NEYT holds dear, and what sets it apart from other youth theatre companies.

With two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, this show has all the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight, right here in downtown Brattleboro.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed on July 7 at 7pm, July 8 at 2pm and 7pm, July 9 at 2pm, July 11-14 at 7pm and July 15 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets for these performances are $11 for students, $13 for seniors and $15 for adults.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro.

New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: The Putney School, Hazel Restaurant, and Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll.
New England Youth Theatre is also supported by Foard Panel, the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


New England Youth Theatre
100 Flat Street
Brattleboro, VT
United States
42° 50' 58.5312" N, 72° 33' 37.3788" W
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