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NEYT presents: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" 7pm

Date & Time: 
Oct 7 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2017

For more information, contact Katrina Spenceman at katrinaspenceman@gmail.com

New England Youth Theatre presents The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, written by John Bishop and directed by Julia Tadlock, to be performed at 7pm on October 6, 7, 13, & 14 and at 2pm on October 7, 8, 14, & 15 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro.

Despite its title, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is not a musical - though there are a couple of songs - rather, it is a side-splitting sendup of the classic “whodunit”, full of confused identities and outlandish situations with a side order of mystery and intrigue mixed in.

The story focuses on the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”. They assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy ‘angel’, but as they prepare their performance, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims into hiding, and accusing fingers point in all directions. Added to the chaos are a bumbling detective on snowshoes, two (or three?) Nazi agents, and German maid who is apparently four different people - all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again -- and again.

Directed by Julia Tadlock, former Artistic Director of the Theatre Department at Vermont Academy, the cast of 10 is made up of both veteran and first-time actors, aged 13-19. “These kids are so generous and ready to jump in,” says Tadlock, “ they have impressed me not only with the bold and interesting choices they have been making as actors, but the compassion they show to one another each and every day - making the stage a safe place for them to really explore and play”.

NEYT’s new Professional Mentorship Program has afforded the production many new technical and design opportunities, including a presentation to the production team and actors by Morning Glorious Vintage, which provided the historical content and the reasoning behind 1940’s fashions, based on the cultural and political climate of the era. The gorgeous, period-perfect costumes were created by Vivian Smith, and the fabulous hairstyles were designed by period hair designer Zac Binney, who hosted a free 5-week hands-on, historical workshop for the students at NEYT. The intricate set, replete with sliding panels and secret passageways, was designed and built by Jason Clark and his team of student apprentices.

You won’t want to miss this spoof on the murder mystery genre which will harken audiences back to the familiar delight of the late-night movies from the 1940’s. Will the mystery be solved and the “Slasher” unmasked? Perhaps -- but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric, and refreshingly irreverent wit.

The play performs Friday October 6 & 13 at 7pm, Saturday October 7 & 14 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday October 8 &15 at 2pm Tickets for these performances are $13 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and $10 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 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro.

New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.

This show was made possible through the generous support of Twombly Wealth Management and Experienced Goods Thrift Shop.
New England Youth Theatre is also supported by Foard Panel, the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


New England Youth Theatre
100 Flat Street
Brattleboro, VT
United States
42° 50' 58.5312" N, 72° 33' 37.3788" W
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