One Act Festival
The Dorset Players will be presenting their 15th annual One Act Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road.
This year’s lineup includes six plays: “Clara’s on the Curtains,” directed by Elisabeth Hazelton; “Sandbox,” directed by Dan Silver; “Nuclear School Day 1957,” written and directed by Garry DuFour; “Clothesline,” written and directed by Jean Yeager; “Suppressed Desires,” directed by Trish Weisbrot; and “Raghead,” directed by Richard Grip.
Produced by Lynne Worth, the evening is a mixture of comedy and drama with a cast of 23 actors. The audience is welcome for an opening night reception to meet the cast.
For tickets or information, call 802-867-5777, or go online to www.dorsetplayers.org.
The Windham Orchestra spotlights two musical geniuses in a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Two profoundly different works, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Brahms, and Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6, are on the program at the Latchis Theatre, on Main Street.
Brahms opens the concert, with Windham Orchestra Music Director Hugh Keelan at the piano, and Jessie Pierpont as guest conductor. Keelan describes the Piano Concerto as a work conjuring up “a single man staring down the universe, a solo protagonist, incredibly sure of himself.”
The second piece performed, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, is as gentle as Brahms’ work is powerful, and will take the audience on what Keelan calls “an emotional journey, to a profound, pastoral calm.” He adds, “It is an absolutely extraordinary work, not like anything else Beethoven created.”
Admission is by donation; go online to bmcvt.org.
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
What’s the buzz? Ask Jesus’ apostles as they wake from sleep in the Garden of Gethsemane to find him being hauled off by Roman soldiers.
Theatergoers are asking the same question, as excitement revs up before the curtain rises on the Main Street Arts production of the rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which runs at the Bellows Falls Opera House March 29-April 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees both Saturdays.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice in what Rolling Stone magazine readers called “one of the 10 best musicals of all time,” the production is a modern telling of the passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. The MSA production features a cast of 50 who work against a dramatic but pared down backdrop that suggests the power of the authorities, the rugged terrain and the horror of the coming crucifixion.
Tickets are $10-$40; call 802-869-2960, or go online to www.mainstreetarts.org.
Call to poets
The Chaffee Art Center is starting its Poetry Writing Group and is looking for members. The goal is to connect people who want to share their craft with others and are looking for inspiration and encouragement in a non-threatening environment.
The group will be made up of poets who want to share work in progress, get inspired, ask questions, and recharge their mental energy. Welcome are published writers, those who want to publish, and those who write just for themselves. All that is asked is an open mind, imagination, and the ability to give and accept friendly criticism. The only prerequisite is a desire to write.
The group is limited to 10 people and will meet 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Chaffee Art Center, at 16 S. Main St. Those interested should email email@example.com.
Broadway’s George Hearn
George Hearn, one of the biggest stars of the Broadway musical, is our neighbor. Having won Tony awards for his performances in “La Cage aux Folles” and “Sunset Boulevard,” and an Emmy for playing the title role in “Sweeney Todd” opposite Angela Lansbury, he now lives with his family outside of Essex, New York.
Hearn will handle the narration in a special concert for kids of all ages called “Animal Tales,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Town Hall Theater. Pianists Jennifer Moore and Rose Chancler will perform four-hand piano while Hearn tells the beloved tales of “The Story of Babar” by Francis Poulenc, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, and “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Tickets are $15, $10 for children; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
‘Quilters the Musical’
The final performance of “Quilters the Musical” will coincide with the Maple Leaf Quilters’ Festival of Quilts, April 6 and 7 at the College of St. Joseph. The “Quilters” performance will be presented in the library at the college, 71 Clement Road, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Local quilters will have some of their quilts on display, providing a backdrop for the show.
“Quilters the Musical” blends a series of interrelated scenes into a musical. Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or “block” symbolic of life’s passages. During each “block,” the actresses transform into many different characters, whose stories depict the lot of women on the prairie. Combining music, dance and drama, “Quilters” portrays both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with vivid, dramatic intensity.
“Quilters” is being presented by a consortium of Rutland-area women who have been involved in all aspects of local school and/or community theater for decades.
Admission is by donation; proceeds will be donated to the NewStory Center.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its 2017-18 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater with the five-time Academy Award nominee “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s narrative drama, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, this poignant coming of age story portrays the humor and pathos in the turbulent but loving bond between a hard-working mother, Marion McPherson, and her teenage, high school senior daughter, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. With exceptional skill, first-time director Greta Gerwig sharply observes the relationships and beliefs that shape and define us.
As A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, “I wish I could convey to you just how thrilling this movie is. I wish I could quote all of the jokes and recount the best offbeat bits. I’m tempted to catalog the six different ways the ending can make you cry … I’ll settle for one: the bittersweet feeling of having watched someone grow in front of your eyes, into a different and in some ways improved version of herself. In life, that’s a messy, endless process, which is one reason we need movies. Or to put it another way, even though Lady Bird will never be perfect, ‘Lady Bird’ is.”
Tickets are $12; call 802-382-9222, or go online www.townhalltheater.org.
The Heavily Brothers
Duane Carleton and Rick Redington team up to present a unique concert featuring Rick Redington and The Luv, Duane Carleton and DC3, and The Heavily Brothers at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the West Rutland Town Hall Theater. These three bands have never been on one stage before, and will join forces for the finale of the show.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Be Music in Rutland, and The Wild Fern in Pittsfield.
‘A Hard Day’s Night’
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will present the award-winning movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
This film starts a movie series exploring the depth and variety of the cinematic landscape of the 1960s. FOLA will once again host Vermont film historian Rick Winston for the opening night of the film series.
“A Hard Day’s Night” is a 1964 musical comedy starring The Beatles in their first full-length movie. Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, this self-proclaimed “greatest rock and roll comedy adventure” capitalized on the fame and notoriety of The Beatles.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
‘Pastel, Pastel, Pastel’
The Jackson Gallery will display works by three Middlebury artists who specialize in representational paintings in soft pastel. Each artist is inspired to illustrate the objects and scenes from their daily lives and surroundings with an individual approach to the medium. “Pastel, Pastel, Pastel,” work by Judy Albright, Cristine Kossow and Norma Jean Rollet, opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, and is on display through May 11.
Albright paints still life subjects, finding beauty and stories in everyday things. Kossow, a Parsons-trained designer, had a long career in graphic design before returning to her first love, painting. Rollet attended New England School of Art and Design in Boston, and spent over 35 years working in graphic design producing corporate-identity programs, newspapers, magazines and print promotional publications as well as pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations.
Hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org. The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater.
A new evening workshop, “The Art of Stained Glass,” will be led by local artist Karen Deets at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Through four weekly two-hour sessions, participants will explore and learn the basics of glass art, while experiencing the interplay of light and colored glass. After three decades of owning Off the Wall Craft Gallery in Allentown, New Jersey, Deets came to Vermont. In addition to creating new work, she has been teaching and exhibiting regionally.
To register, or for more information, call 802-438-2097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS PREVIEW: March 29 – April 4, 2018