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Young People's Company

Young People's Company

High School students who have excelled in the work for more than two years (usually four or five) are invited to become members of the Young People’s Company. The company’s annual Story Theatre Festival, which takes place over a week of usually sold out performances, explores myths, folk tales, fairytales and modern short stories and is consistently among the highlights of our theatrical season. Having spent many years in the work, this group has become so adept at the games and their underlying principles that they evolve new games and combinations. Their repertoire began with Rumplestilskin back in 1972. They have gone on to perform the short stories of Anton Chekhov, J.D. Salinger, Ray Bradbury, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Conner, John Updike and Kurt Vonnegut among many more. These performances crystallize the work of the young players and demonstrate for newer students how exercises done in class evolve into reveling works of theatre. A favorite feature of the festival is an improvised story using a different game as a point of departure and created freshly for each performance.

YPC 2014

Previous Stories Include:

The Laughing Man by JD Salinger, directed by Mikalina Rabinsky
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, adapted and directed by Rebecca Kling
The Light Princess by George MacDonald, adapted and directed by Sarah Bendix
The Fates adapted and directed by Jennifer Green
The While Dove by the Brothers Grimm, adapted and directed by Joyce Piven
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, directed by Jenny Friedler
Daphne Bigelow and the Spine Chilling Saga of the Snail-Encrusted Tinfoil Noose by Jean Shepherd, directed by Susan Payne
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, directed and adapted by Joyce Piven
Scheherazade and Sharyar, A selection from the Arabian Nights, adapted and directed by Nina Billone
Backstage From Enter Laughing by Carl Reiner, adapted by Joseph Stein, directed by Jessica Thebus
A & P, from a story by John Updike, directed by Polly Noonan