The Tempest: Director's Note and Cast List

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Hello everyone! I'm so glad you were all able to come out and audition for The Tempest! I'm super excited to be working with all of you, either again under a different hat, or for the first time. I'm also super excited to say that we were able to cast everyone, in one of our biggest casts ever for summer Shakespeare. I have a lot of plans and a big vision when it comes to the ensemble, so I'm super stoked! I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, May 21st from 1-4pm for our first read through at the rec! Make sure to bring a snack, a clear drink (Water) in a reusable bottle, and dress for the weather. If it's nice, maybe we'll read outside (So invest in sunglasses, sunscreen, or an umbrella if you're as pale as I am.)

It's super important that, if you choose to accept or decline your role, you email my wonderful stage manager Olivia Lane at

Once again, I'm super excited to be seeing all of you, and thank you again!

Andrew Freeman, Director

Cast List: Here

Shows will be held ala The Bard, outdoors on town greens throughout the Greater Rutland Area (with rain locations nearby) during latter part of July 2017.

For more information call Andrew Freeman at (802) 591-0041.

Saskia Hagen Groom –Artistic Director/Producer–Rutland Youth Theatre

802-558-4177 or



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.


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Order deadline EXTENDED! Love RYT? Show your  love in what you wear with an RYT t-shirt. Orders must be placed by FRIDAY JUNE 23. Orders will be available for pick-up June 30th at the Rutland Recreation and Parks Courcelle office.