Imagination rules in classic fairy tale

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BRATTLEBORO — New England Youth Theatre's Theatre Adventure will present "Jill & Jack and the Beanstalk" 10:30 am on May 15, 16 and 17 at the West Village Meeting House, 29 South St.

Imagination rules in this classic fairy tale where wit, determination, and love triumphs over the villainous giant. Many characters with panache for delighting in the unknown pepper the story throughout with fancy footwork and a song, or two. A dancing cow, a trickster peddler, a singing harp, a magic hen, are but a few who Jill and Jack meet in their quest to help Jack's mother. Their journey leads them to the unknown cloud world where danger and excitement abound.

The actors, with a diversity of ages, interests, talent, needs, and abilities, will lead the audience in a theatrical telling of the tale with shadow puppetry, projections, dancing, singing, and acting. Theatre Adventure actors create theater that turns traditional roles upside down, presenting a fresh take on familiar stories, and challenging audiences to open their thinking and delight in the unexpected.

In order to honor audience members with special sensory needs, each performance is sensory-friendly. Before the show begins, the director will talk about the lights, sounds, costumes, and characters of the play in order to support the comfort level of audience members. A break room will be provided if needed for any audience member, and a social story is available before the performance, upon request.

School groups are encouraged to attend. The performances are one hour in length with no intermission. 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. Tickets are $10 each; group rates are available by special arrangement by contacting Laura Lawson Tucker at laura@theatreadventure.org.

This show was made possible through support from Sponsored by Green River and Community Bank, N.A. 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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