Performing Arts

DANCE

Aug. 18: Dance Discourse. Local choreographers Hanna Satterlee and Pauline Jennings each share excerpts of their current work before engaging in discussion with each other and the audience in an open forum of questions, ideas and comparisons about their individual processes of creating dance work. 8:30 p.m. Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier. $10–20 sliding scale suggested donation. 229-4676. cdandfs.com.

 

THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY

Aug. 7–8: The Caretaker. Play by Harold Pinter. 7:30 p.m. Festival Theatre (Unadilla Theatre), 501 Blachly Rd., Marshfield. Adults $20; children 12 and under $10. 456-8968. unadilla@pshift.com.

Aug. 7–10, 14–17: Come Back, Little Sheba. Classic drama. Thurs., Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. QuarryWorks. Quarry Rd., Adamant. Free; donations welcome. Reservations: 229-6978. quarryworks.org.

Aug. 8: The Situation. This show sets out to define the situation at hand, in a black and white sculpted stage behind a 14-foot skeleton horseback-rider. Museum tour 6:30 p.m.; show starts 7:30 p.m. Bread and Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. $10 suggested donation; no one is turned away. breadandpuppet.org.

Aug. 8: Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night. Montpelier’s monthly comedy open mic. Sign-ups 7:30 p.m.; show starts 8 p.m. The American Legion Post #3, 21 Main St., Montpelier. Free; donations welcome. 793-3884.

Aug. 10–13: Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top Tour at Montpelier High School. Come see the award-winning, international traveling youth circus! Kids ages 10–18 are stars, on highwire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. Aug. 10, 4 p.m.; Aug. 11–13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. Tickets: 1-877-SMIRKUS (1-877-764-7587) or smirkus.org.

Aug. 14–16, 21–22, 28–30: Love Letters. By A.R. Gurney. 7:30 p.m. Unadilla Theatre, 501 Blachly Rd., Marshfield. Adults $20; children 12 and under $10. 456-8968. unadilla@pshift.com.

Aug. 14–17: 7th annual TenFest. The Vermont Playwrights Circle presents 10 ten-minute plays by Vermont playwrights, and featuring many local actors and directors. Thurs.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St., Waitsfield. 583-1674. vermontplaywrightscircle.org.

Aug. 15–16: Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top Tour Finale Weekend in Greensboro. Come see the award-winning, international traveling youth circus! Kids ages 10–18 are stars, on highwire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. Aug. 15, 6 p.m.; Aug. 16, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Circus Smirkus HQ, 1 Circus Rd., Greensboro. Tickets: 1-877-SMIRKUS (1-877-764-7587) or smirkus.org.

Aug. 15–17: Peter Pan Jr! The magic of JM Barrie’s tale of childhood, love and adventure – complete with pirates, Hook, fairies, mermaids, comedy, clowning and puppets is brought to life onstage in Disney’s musical theater adaptation performed by aspiring professionals age 12–21. 5 p.m. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Adults $10; children 12 and under $5. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org.

Aug. 19: Extempo. Tell a 5–7.5-minute, first-person, true story from your own life. Sign up in advance and come prepared without notes. No theme. 8 p.m. Old Town Hall, Brookfield. $5. storytelling@extempoVT.com. extempovt.com.

Aug. 21: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. Adult content. Every third Thurs., 7 p.m. Capitol Grounds. 27 State St., Montpelier. $5. 223-7800. capitolgrounds.com.

Aug. 23: The Legacy of Marcel Marceau. Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, was a student of the legendary French mimes Marcel Marceau and his teacher Etienne Decroux. Rob presents unabashedly reverent yet humorous memories of training with his mentors. Rare documentary footage of the masters performing and teaching is accompanied by Rob’s personal anecdotes and live demonstration of mime technique, bringing to life the essence of what Marceau himself dubbed “the art of silence.” 7:30 p.m. Unadilla Theatre, 501 Blachly Rd., Marshfield. Adults $20; children 12 and under $10. 456-8968. unadilla@pshift.com.