• Shakespeare unrehearsed: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’
    By Mary Gow
    Arts Correspondent | January 02,2013
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    On Saturday and Sunday, the Alumni Association of New England Youth Theatre will present “Shakespeare Unrehearsed: The Taming of the Shrew” at the NEYT theater in Brattleboro.

    Directed by alumnus Ben Stockman, the actors’ preparation for “The Taming of the Shrew” follows traditional Elizabethan fashion.

    Members of the cast received their “sides” two weeks ago and have learned their characters’ lines and cue lines. They have not worked with the full script and are performing with minimal rehearsal together.

    The production is a fundraiser for NEYT’s scholarship program, Angels in the Wings. It features 16 NEYT alumni, ages 18 to 28, all returning home to Brattleboro for one weekend to mount this play in just 24 hours. Founded in 1998, NEYT offers conservatory-style acting training for young people. With a combination of classroom and performance work, its programs serve beginning through advanced students.

    “We are all coming from different places in the country and in our lives. Some are in college – some for theater, some not. Some are past college – some are working in theater, some not,” said Stockman, who recently graduated from Lesley College. “One of the great parts of this is that we already have this foundation of trust from our shared experience with NEYT.”

    “What really makes it special is that we won’t see each other for a year, but when we get together things just click. We have done plays together and know how we can react off of one another,” said Carolyn Wesley, who graduated from Saint Olaf’s College and is back in Vermont working in the governor’s office in Montpelier, and still involved in theater. She is playing Petruchio this weekend.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's Rutland Herald.
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