Thursday January 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- New England Youth Theatre’s Alumni Association continues its annual tradition of fundraising performances for its parent organization with "Shakespeare Unrehearsed: The Taming of the Shrew," with performances on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., at NEYT, 100 Flat St.

One of the Bard’s most controversial and divisive comedies, Shrew centers around the courtship of Katharine, the headstrong and impudent daughter of a wealthy Padua merchant, and Petruchio, a boldly brash gentleman of Verona with an eye on Katharine’s dowry.

In their third attempt to emulate the Elizabethan-era process of theatrical production, NEYT’s alumni will perform the show with no more than 10 hours 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. NEYT alumnus Ben Stockman directs.

Tickets are only available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 -- payment by cash or check only. All proceeds will be donated to NEYT’s "Angels in the Wings" scholarship fund.