'Questery' tale told with animal characters

WEST BRATTLEBORO — New England Youth Theatre's Theatre Adventure presents "Questery," an original play written by Theatre Adventure alumnus Joshua Blaushild, to be performed today and Friday, at the West Village Meeting House.

Once upon a time, a young lad with autism dreamed of being an author, a playwright, and a director. He wrote many original stories and was encouraged by many to pursue his dreams.

As a young man, Joshua Blaushild wrote an adventure tale told with an eclectic group of animal characters. This published legend was set in times of yore. And now, the Theatre Adventure Wednesday Troupe is bringing this fantastic story of an aspiring playwright, "Questery," to the stage.

Many of the Questery characters join together on a quest to rescue a character that has been kidnapped. They are also on a mission to destroy the villainous captor, Turkator. Along the way, the troupe meets many unusual characters — some whimsical, others scary, some who are brave, and others who are quite humorous. Original songs are woven throughout the journey — an expedition that challenges the wit and quick thinking of the clan.

The playwright joined the Wednesday Troupe as a mentor to support the actors in learning the story and the characters while bringing it to life on stage. Josh is being mentored himself by the directors of Theatre Adventure in the skills and thinking required to become a theater director.

Performances are today and Friday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., at the West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Tickets for these performances are $10 each; discounted group tickets are available upon request.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at neyt.org or in person at the NEYT box office. Group tickets sales are available.

People of all abilities are welcome in the audiences of all Theatre Adventure performances. ASL interpreting is provided for all performances and the venue is wheel chair accessible.

This performance is sponsored by Green River and the Shapiro Family Foundation.


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