Arts Preview: March 8-14, 2018

MIDDLEBURY
‘Anne of Green Gables’
“Anne of Green Gables – The Musical” is coming to Town Hall Theater March 16-18, a community theater production by Poor Lost Circus Performers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
This family friendly, fun for all ages show is based on the beloved works of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Set in the bucolic and fictional village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, the “Anne of Green Gables” stories have captivated young and old for more than a century. A cast of 36 players, ranging in age from 8 to 80, presents this timeless tale of a spunky young orphan whose accidental presence transforms the lives of all who encounter her.
Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $15 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

CASTLETON
International film Festival
The Castleton International Film Festival has returned to campus with a series of contemporary films from Latin America, marking the university’s fifth international film screening festival. The festival runs through March 20 and is free and open to the public.
Featured films include “Tempestad” on Tuesday, March 13; “The Empty Classroom” on Thursday, March 15; and “The Second Mother” on Tuesday, March 20. Screenings are held in Herrick Auditorium, unless indicated, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, go online to castleton.edu/filmfest.

BRANDON
‘Quilters the Musical’
“Quilters the Musical” will be performed at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the historic Brandon Inn, 20 Park St. Don’t miss this tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her daughters.
“Quilters the Musical” blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable 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” captures both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with dramatic intensity. It is being presented by a consortium of Rutland area women who have been involved in local school and community theater for decades. In addition, local quilters will have some of their quilts on display, providing a backdrop for this show.
Admission is by donation, benefiting the Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter (now the NewStory Center).

MIDDLEBURY
‘Wittenberg’
Join the actors of Vermont Shakespeare Festival for a concert-style reading of “Wittenberg” by David Davalos as part of its 2018 Salon Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at The Vermont Coffee Company, 1197 Exchange St.
It is October 1517 at Wittenberg University in northern Germany. The characters of Hamlet, his mentor John Faustus, and Faustus’ colleague and Hamlet’s instructor and priest, Martin Luther, all collide in this theatrical construction. How these three men’s sagas overlap and intertwine and how they end up irrevocably affecting the course of each other’s lives is the substance of a comedy that reveals the story behind the stories of “Hamlet,” “Doctor Faustus” and the Protestant Reformation.
Vermont Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 Salon Series asks the community to play a role in interpreting and exploring plays inspired by Shakespeare that explore faith, longing, and the relationship between morality and politics.
Admission is by donation ($10 suggested); go online to www.vermontshakespeare.org.

BRATTLEBORO
Singing for seniors
The Brattleboro Music Center’s “Singing Strong!” program for seniors who love to sing returns for a spring session. Beginning March 13, sessions are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the BMC’s Recital Hall.
This program is for those who just love to sing – no auditions, requirements, or performance experience required. Says program director Susan Dedell, “We’re just people having fun, and learning a bit more about our voices along the way!”
Dedell, who is also director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir, will lead participants in songs from a variety of musical styles, mostly from the great song repertoire of the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50’s, and ‘60s. This session includes an expanded selection of rounds, folk songs, and spirituals. As the repertoire expands, more available harmony parts will be added.
The fee is $65 for eight weekly sessions; call 802-257-4523, or go online to bmcvt.org.

BELLOWS FALLS
Three artists
Canal Street Art Gallery is pleased will present “Strength, Grace, Wit & Wisdom,” a three-artist exhibition featuring the works of Sloane Dawson, Nancy Fitz-Rapalje and Abby Miner, March 16 -April 14. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Third Friday, March 16.
Dawson works with found objects, creating assembled sculptures which both deny rationale and serve as a studied chronicle and cultural commentary on the artist’s life of adventure and travel. Miner’s oil paintings are explorations of the juxtaposition between movement and stillness. Fitz-Rapalje’s work offers an intimate view of the solitary life of a dedicated oil painter.
The Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; call 802-289-0104, or go online to www.canalstreetartgallery.com. Canal Street Art Gallery is located at 23 Canal St.

BRATTLEBORO
Concerto competition
The Brattleboro Music Center announces the Windham Orchestra’s 32nd annual Concerto Competition, open to serious instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9 through 12. Eligible students must live or attend schools in the Vermont counties of Windsor, Windham, and Bennington; New Hampshire counties of Cheshire, Sullivan and Grafton; or Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire. The winner will receive $200 and perform with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Hugh Keelan.
“This is an opportunity for students as competitors, and their musical circle – family, friends, teachers – to have a ‘milestone’ experience, and achieve a new level of exposure for their talent and growth,” Keelan said. “I encourage students to join us, and they can rest assured we are very supportive and friendly!”
Applications must be received on or before April 9. No recorded auditions will be accepted. Auditions will be held Sunday, April 22, at the BMC.
For more information and an enrollment form, visit www.bmcvt.org/windham-orchestra-concerto-competition/.

BELLOWS FALLS
‘Obsession’
Due to the upcoming production needs of Main Street Arts’ production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” there will only be one RAMParts event at the Bellows Falls Opera House in March. At 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, don’t miss Jude Law in the stage production of “Obsession,” filmed live in London’s Barbicon Theatre.
Law plays Gino, a drifter who is down on his luck and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Tickets are $20 at the door.