Stunt Nite

What is Stunt Nite?

Stunt Nite is something that must be seen to be understood. It is a unique annual community event filled with laughter, song, and dance that builds student confidence and forms friendships among the classes. All students are eligible to participate - close to 100 percent of Rice students voluntarily do so - and no stage experience or talent is ever necessary. Each class is permitted twenty-five to thirty minutes on stage. Time over or under could cost the class a win! Each class has 21 hours of rehearsal time to prepare for two shows performed on Vermont’s biggest stage, the Flynn Theatre in Burlington. Many are surprised to know that each of the four shows is coached by parents, former students, and many on a voluntary basis, as each performance is so exceptionally and professionally presented.

No matter how you become a part of this tremendous tradition, whether experiencing Stunt Nite through the eyes of a student, coach, parent, or member of the audience, you leave the show as part of the Rice community full of Rice pride; a Rice tradition that lasts a life-time.

Questions about Stunt Nite?

Contact:

Catherine Metropoulos
Stunt Nite Director
metropoulos@rmhsvt.org

For a list contact information for Coaches and Class Advisors, click here.

The History of Stunt Nite

On May 17, 1929, an apparently insignificant event occurred at Cathedral High School under Principal Rev. Robert Joyce. “Vaudeville Nite,” as it was called, was an evening of entertainment consisting of stunts and skits performed by members of each of the four classes to raise funds. The event was so well received that it was decided to hold a second show in November of that same year. This time prizes were awarded and the Senior Class of 1930 became the first grand prize winner.

Previously held at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington the weekend following Thanksgiving, Stunt Nite in 2002 was moved to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts with a 4:00 matinee and 8:00 evening performance on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.

    • First-ever “Vaudeville Nite,” – 1929 – featuring participants from the Class of 1930 ~ Photo bequeathed by the late Howard O’Connor, Class of 1930 ~ In 1932 the name was changed to “Stunt Nite,” and already it had become one of the greatest events of the school year.

      First-ever “Vaudeville Nite,” – 1929 – featuring participants from the Class of 1930 ~ Photo bequeathed by the late Howard O’Connor, Class of 1930 ~ In 1932 the name was changed to “Stunt Nite,” and already it had become one of the greatest events of the school year.

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