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Greetings to all! I just want to thank everyone for the hard work and positive energy that I saw during the auditions.

Please bear in mind that casting a show is much like putting a puzzle together. Some pieces fit best in certain places, just as some actors will fit best in a certain role which may or may not be the role that they had hoped for or auditioned for. Each part is crucial and important to the success of the show as a whole. :) Please know that if you were not cast at this time there are many opportunities for you to get involved.  RYT has many productions and workshops throughout the year as well as camps offered over summer vacation. There are also opportunities for backstage work, costuming, set design, etc. If you are interested in these areas please contact Barb Lassen at stage.manageryt@gmail.com so she can put you in touch with the proper contact.

The cast list is HERE.   

For those who are cast, please confirm whether you accept or decline your role ASAP by emailing our amazing and talented stage manager, Barb Lassen, at stage.manageryt@gmail.com. Barb will be sending out an email soon with important information about upcoming rehearsals. Our first full cast rehearsal, a read/sing-through, will be Sunday, March 11 from 3-5pm at the Courcelle building. Parents should plan to come for the first 30 minutes of this rehearsal for a brief introduction and Parent meeting.

Please bring a healthy snack, a reusable water bottle, and a pencil. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. My whole team and I are so excited about this journey and getting to work with all of you. We are thankful to be a part of an organization that works to grow relationships, explore interests, and encourage creative learning both on and off the stage.

Thank you all!

Tegan Waite, Director & Choreographer

Benjamin Green, Musical Director

Barb Lassen and the Production Team



Send a special message to your young actor or actress, or other members of the cast or production staff, in the printed program for the show. Not only will your child, friend or the entire cast appreciate your sentiments in this keepsake, but you will help to ensure that theatre opportunities continue for the youth in our community. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Rutland Youth Theatre at a support level listed below:

Sponsor - $20 for 25 words or less in Large Type
Patron - $10 for 25 words of less in Medium Type

Here are a few samples of program messages that can be sent from parents, families, friends or

Great job Zachary and Cast...With love from Mom, Dad and Susie
Another great performance, Melissa. We are proud of you! Grandpa and Nanna Smith

Once you have completed the form below you will receive a follow-up email showing the total balance due to your account at the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department. Payment must be paid in full ONE WEEK prior to the first performance in order for your cast message to appear in the program. You may pay your balance during office hours at 16 North Street Ext (Mon-Fri 11:30AM-5:00PM). Please make your check payable to the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department.

Sponsorship Opportunities

 The Rutland Recreation & Parks Department is committed to providing our youth with an opportunity to study and work in local theatre. We are looking for your support to ensure that theatre opportunities continue to be available for youth in our community. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution at one of the following sponsorship levels.

Entire Season

Underwriter: $750 or above
Executive Producer: $250 to $749
Producer: $125 to $249
Benefactor: $50 to $124

Advertising Rates: 

Back Cover 

One Play: $350

Entire Season (Season starts in December): $750

Full Page (interior) (5 X 8 inches)

One Play: $200

Entire Season (Season starts in December): $500

1/2 page (interior) (5 X 3.75 inches)

One Play: $100

Entire Season (Season starts in December): $250

1/3 page (interior) (5 X 2.5 inches)

One Play: $50

Entire Season (Season starts in December): $125

Why participate in youth theatre?

There are many benefits to participating in physical activities like sports programs, but there are excellent benefits to participating in the performing arts. Some similarities to sports include teamwork, responsibility, discipline, collaboration and leadership.  Often the myths and stereotypes of the performing arts lead people to think of its education as being frivolous. Yet the statistics prove otherwise. Students in the arts consistently out score their non-arts peers on college exams, are more likely to achieve academic notice, hold school offices, win awards for writing and even enter science fairs. In addition, students in the performing arts learn academic skills that help them in college and at work such as analysis, problem solving, reasoning, abstract thinking, conceptualization, public speaking and creative thinking.  

Performing arts programs offer children and youth a benefit they usually do not find in an ordinary classroom, instead of just gaining knowledge about things, they gain knowledge about who they are and what they can do. This helps them grow into better adults, parents and citizens. The performing arts build cultural bridges, bringing greater understanding and communication in our society. This leads to youth forming stronger ties with the community and being more community minded.

Rutland Youth Theatre is proud to provide these benefits to its community members with its productions, workshops and classes. For the past decade we have made our programs available to children K-12 from all over Vermont as well as given opportunities for alumni and college grads to grow. We are proud of the collaborations we have built in the community, teaming up with other organizations to better serve the community.

The PIED PIPER of HAMELIN Documentary

Check out this great "Making Of" documentary, now airing on PEG-TV, Channel 15:  Monday at 3:30pm, Tuesday at 9:30am, Thursday at 8:00pm

Click on the image to view.  Enjoy!


Summer '17: Music Theatre Dance camp intensive

At the end of this summer Rutland Youth Theatre held a camp for middle school and high school age actors looking to participate in a Musical Theatre Dance Camp Intensive. For one week students studied and trained with dance teacher, choreographer and current director of musicals Tegan Waite. Both middle school and high school groups worked all week and collaborated together to choreography their own pieces. The middle school group did "You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairspray. The high school group did "We Go Together" from Grease. Together as a full group, Tegan choreographed two pieces "Shake It Off" from Sing and "Morning Glow" from Pippin. On the last day of camp the students participated in filming for the final music videos. Everyone had a really good time, and Tegan is looking forward to hosting this camp again next summer!! 

High School Choreographed Piece: "We Go Together" from Grease

Middle School Choreographed Piece: "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray

"Shake It Off" From Sing- Choregraphed by Tegan Waite

RYT- Dance Camp Music Video Full Group Directed and Choreographed By: Tegan Waite