Alumni return to celebrate 20 years of youth theater

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BRATTLEBORO — New England Youth Theatre celebrates 20 years of theater by kids, for kids with an alumni revival of the 2007 production of "Scapin," written by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, adapted from Moli re, and directed by NEYT founder Stephen Stearns, with alumna Taylor Patno. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, June 14; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at 100 Flat St.

"Scapin" has been heralded as one of NEYT's funniest, fastest-paced, wildest, and most outrageous romps. Under the tutelage of original director and NEYT founder Stephen Stearns, the show tells the story of 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.

The NEYT Board of Directors invites audiences to continue the fun with an open celebration at the theater between June 15 shows on June 15. Food, music, face painting, and a cash bar will be available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The celebration will also feature an archival timeline installation highlighting memorable moments and shows through the years.

"Scapin" is a show for all ages, temperaments, and persuasions: nonstop, gut-busting, riotous, must-see entertainment.

Tickets for these performances are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone 802-246-6398 from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

This show was made possible through support from Sponsored by Southern Vermont Arts & Living and The Brattleboro Reformer. New England Youth Theatre is also supported by the Vermont Children's Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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