School for Scandal. Kristen Crane, Brenna Pritchard, Cassidy Timms. Photo by Kimberley Mead.

School for Scandal. Kristen Crane, Brenna Pritchard, Cassidy Timms. Photo by Kimberley Mead.


School for Scandal
Summer Youth Theatre

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Directed by Betsy McCann & Gabriel Maldonado
Presented by the VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre


First performed in London at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1777, this stylized comedy is a classic of 18th-century English literature. With character names such as Surface, Teazle, Snake, Crabtree, Backbite, Candour, and Sneerwell, School for Scandal delves headlong into the gossip and slander that rules the worlds of scandal mongers. Summer Youth Theatre’s production sets the play in the 1920’s—a stylish setting swirling with pretense, panache, and playfulness. School for Scandal illuminates themes of the deceptive nature of appearances and the fickleness of reputation.


SYT 2008: Hayley Armstrong, Zeni Bechtol, Kristen Crane, Anjelica Hymel, Amanda Jackson, Romeo Joy, Anissa L. McVea, Chance Parmley, Brenna Pritchard, Wyndham Shortt, Alexander Slay-Tamkin, and Cassidy Timms. Adult guest artists Steven Fay and Jonathan Blackwell.


Directed by Betsy McCann & Gabriel Maldonado. Set Design by Ann Marie Gordon; Costumer Design by Talena Martinez; Lighting Design by Jennifer Rogers; Sound Design by David DeMaris. Stage Management by Adam Gunderson. Publicity Photo by Bonnie Cullum. Production Photography by Kimberley Mead.

Dozens of other adult artists contribute their support and expertise to make School for Scandal a delight.


Since 1991, VORTEX Repertory Company has been presenting SYT, an annual, tuition-free program teaming adult professionals with teenagers to create an engaging theatrical production. The SYT program teaches TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) curriculum and has won numerous awards for artistic excellence, including B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Youth Actors, Outstanding Adult Actors, Outstanding Directors, and Outstanding Design. Austin Chronicle named SYT “Best Theatre Program that Treats Kids like Grownups.” Now in its 17th year, Summer Youth Theatre has mentored a generation of young artists and is the jewel of VORTEX's community programming.