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Thursday April 1, 2010

BRATTLEBORO -- The Theatre Adventure Program of the New England Youth Theatre Supporter presents two performances its new, original show "Raising Our Voices," presented by TAP’s Adult Troupe.

The first performance will be today, at 10:30 a.m. at NEYT, 100 Flat St. Tickets are $5. "Raising Our Voices" wil be presented as part of a special Gala Fundraising evening on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets for this evening are $25 for adults or $10 for students and include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages as well as entertainment in the lobby before the show. The performance is at 7 p.m.; the gala begins at 6 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit, stop by the NEYT box office on Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., or call 802-246-6398.

"Raising Our Voices" is a new production, written and performed by the NEYT Theatre Adventure Adult Troupe, demonstrating their commitment to speaking out, telling their stories and highlighting their abilities as performers. Original songs, familiar music, dancing, acting, singing, adaptive equipment, sign language and projections help to tell the story of this dynamic, diverse and talented troupe.

"Putting this play together has been a fun challenge," said Kyle Riopel, a troupe member and the author of the show’s title song "Raising Our Voices." "I never thought that I would be doing so much work, but this song means a lot to me and I hope it means a lot to people around the world I want it to inspire."

"Working in collaboration with these actors to present their stories to the world has been so inspiring," said TAP Co-Director Laura Lawson Tucker. "They have so much to communicate about their dreams for connection and inclusion. And theater, with all its creative tools for self-expression, provides a perfect blank canvas on which to work."

The Saturday event is a fundraiser for the Theatre Adventure Program of New England Youth Theatre. Founded in 2004, the program has been offering theater classes for students of mixed abilities.