ARTS PREVIEW: May 18-24, 2017

LUDLOW
‘Cats’
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will present its second streamed Broadway musical, “Cats,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
“Cats” is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. As of 2016, Cats is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.

RUTLAND
George Thorogood rocks
Legendary rocker George Thorogood brings his band The Destroyers and their Rock Party Tour 2017 to The Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. Tickets are on sale now.
With more than 40 years of touring and recording, 15 million albums sold, and 8,000 live shows, Thorogood and his longtime band — Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) — remain among the most relentless and relevant classic rock acts on tour today. The band has amassed a catalog of hits that includes “Who Do You Love?” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Get A Haircut,” and the anthem, “Bad To The Bone.”
Tickets are $46-$66; call 802-775-0903, or go online to www.paramountvt.org.

DORSET
‘I love you …’
Beginning Friday, The Dorset Players will present “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” as the final production of the Players’ 89th Season. The musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, is the second-longest-running Off-Broadway musical. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 19-20 and 26-27, and 2 p.m. May 21 and 28.
Director Suzi Dorgeloh, music director Gary Schmidt and choreographer Erika Schmidt have a cast hailing from Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Manchester, Granville, E. Rupert, Tinmouth and Weston. The original show was cast with two men and two women, but the directors felt it could be done with additional actors all portraying various roles.
For tickets, call 802-867-5777 or 867-5570., or go online to www.dorsetplayers.org.

PITTSFORD
‘Alice’s Ordinary People’
The Maclure Library will host the documentary, “Alice’s Ordinary People” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22.
The film features Alice Tregay, an ordinary Chicago woman who stood up to injustice in her community. It tells the story of her early advocacy in equal housing, school integration and Operation Breadbasket, which became Operation Push in 1971. She started the political education division within Operation Push in 1971, and taught thousands of students how to organize citizens and lead political campaigns.
Admission is free; call 802-483-2972. Maclure Library, 840 Arch St., is ADA compliant.

MIDDLEBURY
Artist Elaine Ittleman
Paintings by Elaine Ittleman are on exhibit May 19 – June 25, in the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater. An artist’s reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 19.
Ittleman paints large abstract landscapes. Bold and colorful, they have an improvisational feel and apparent joie de vivre. She has been painting for over 20 years in various media including oil, watercolor and pastel. Her work has evolved through impressionistic landscapes to a more abstract approach. She will exhibit 14 recent oil paintings in the Jackson Gallery.
Gallery hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and an hour before any public events; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

WEST RUTLAND
Letters in stone
Participants in “Letter Carving for Beginner-Intermediate” at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center May 27 – 28 will be introduced to the ancient Roman techniques of V-cut letter forms using hand chisels and mallets. Instructor Kerry O. Furlani will demonstrate drawing, composition and spacing of letter forms and translation into an inscription on a tablet of Vermont slate in this hands-on workshop.
To register, or for more information, call 802-438-2097, email info@carvingstudio.org, or go online to carvingstudio.org.

BENNINGTON
‘Shipwrecked!’
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ inventive saga, “Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Myself),” opens Oldcastle Theatre’s 46th season at 7:30 p.m. Friday May 19, and runs through June 4. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday and Thursday, plus Saturday, May 20.
Part storytelling, part biography, part fiction, and part truth, “Shipwrecked” brings audiences the amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound.
Be prepared to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus. The play examines how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. The New York Times wrote, “We can also consider the possibility that the hero of this story based on an untrue story is a little of each.”
De Rougemont is played by John Hadden, a founding member of Shakespeare and Company, where he won a 2016 “Berkie” award, and is former artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company. The play is directed by Oldcastle’s producing artistic director, Eric Peterson.
For tickets or information, call 802-447-0564, or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Baruth on Leahy
Philip Baruth will read from and sign his new book, “Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes,” Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Vermont Book Shop.
Few recent American lawmakers have watched history unfold at such close range as Senator Patrick Leahy; fewer still have influenced it so powerfully. Leahy claims the longest tenure of any member of the United States Senate still serving.
Baruth, in his new biography of the senator, brings a thriller-like intensity to the most spectacular scenes of Leahy’s career thus far. He is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as the majority leader of the Vermont Senate from 2012 to 2016.
Admission is free; call 802-388-2061, or go online to www.vermontbookshop.com.

BRATTLEBORO
‘Sanctuary’
The Brattleboro Concert Choir presents four works from composers to awaken audiences’ thoughts and touch their hearts. “Sanctuary” will be performed at the Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, and will benefit Vermont Migrant Justice.
The Concert Choir, led by Music Director Susan Dedell, will be joined by string orchestra and special guest Karen Guthrie at the organ. Performed works will include John Tavener’s “Atma” Mass and Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise” Mass. In addition, audiences will experience “Sanctuary” by Paul Dedell and “The Call of Wisdom,” a work by Will Todd.
For tickets or information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to www.bmcvt.org.