‘Stunt Nite’ returns to the Flynn

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 1:43 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A long-time tradition is underway in Burlington as the Rice Memorial High School annual “Stunt Nite” returns to the Flynn.

For going on 93 years, classes from the Catholic school come up with a skit and perform them. The tradition started in May 1929 at the then Cathedral High School when they held “Vaudeville Nite,” an evening of stunts and skits performed as a fundraiser. In 1932, the name swapped to “Stunt Nite” and it’s been held ever since. School officials say nearly 100% of students participate annually.

Students we spoke to said they were looking forward to taking the stage. “This is my third, because we did not have a stunt nite due to COVID my sophomore year,” Samantha Walter. “I’m very excited, it’s a little bittersweet because it’s all coming to an end but I’m very excited for the shows,”

“This is my third and final one,” said Daniel Bogre. I feel good, I feel excited because we get to win.” There are different parts of it. So, I’m in the couples dance and our whole skit basically is based on the high school reunion. So, basically, a timeline leading up to the high school reunion at the end.”

“I have done three,” said Alle Leduc. “It’s just amazing, it’s a really good experience and it’s so fun going on the Flynn stage. We basically sell out two shows on the Flynn stage every year and it’s really amazing.”

The skits and stunts are coached by parents and former students.

The event has two Tuesday shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.