NEYT celebrates its 20th anniversary with revival of ‘Scapin’

BRATTLEBORO — New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., celebrates 20 years of theater “By Kids, For Kids” with an alumni revival of their 2007 production of Scapin, written by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, adapted from Molière, and directed by NEYT founder Stephen Stearns, with NEYT alum Taylor Patno.

The show will be performed on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. There will be a gala celebration between the two performances on June 15, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Board of Directors of NEYT.

According to a news release, Scapin has been heralded as one of NEYT's funniest, fastest-paced, wildest, and most outrageous romps, and this celebratory revival is sure to bring audiences to their knees with laughter.”

Under the tutelage of Stearns, who was the director of the 2007 show, Scapin 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 shows on June 15. Food, music, face painting, and a cash bar will be available between the afternoon and evening performances.

The June 15 celebration will also feature an archival timeline installation highlighting memorable moments and shows through the years.

Scapin is a show for all ages. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students and may be purchased at or at the NEYT Box Office.

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