BRATTLEBORO -- The Young Shakespeare Players East present "Macbeth," performed by actors ages 7-18 on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St.

All performances are free and open to the public.

In addition, YSP East will perform the play on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Amherst College’s Webster Hall, Studio 3, in Amherst, Mass., at noon and 6 p.m.

Running time is three hours, with two intermissions. Doors open 20 minutes prior to show time.

"Macbeth" will be performed by two casts of actors ages 7-18. There are two Macbeths (one per cast), one age 12, the other age 18.

When one cast is performing, the other cast is the tech crew -- actors at YSP take on all aspects of production from acting and directing to all areas of stage tech. The program is designed to show its young participants, their families and the community, that the works of William Shakespeare are not dull or above them, but delightful, accessible and fun.

To learn more about "Macbeth" and YSP East, contact Suzanne Rubinstein at suzanne@ysp.org or 802-246-1361

The Young Shakespeare Players, a non-profit theater program founded in 1980 in Madison, Wisc., invites youth, ages 7-18, to perform full-length, original works of Shakespeare. There are no auditions or rejections. Every young person who registers receives one or more substantial speaking roles. The program is dedicated to exploring these masterful works as they were written, without modernizing or editing, and thanks to the methods developed by Richard DiPrima, young people do so with full understanding, joy and enthusiasm.

Actors learn to appreciate both the language and drama in these great works as well as the technical aspects of acting and stagecraft. YSP East in Brattleboro is the first "branch" of YSP outside of Madison. This will be YSP East’s third production and first full-length play.

For information, visit www.youngshakespeareplayers.org or www.facebook.com/ yspeast.