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AUDITIONS

Feb. 2019: The Valley Players will hold auditions the first two weekends in February for the first three shows of their 40th Anniversary season at the Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main Street, Waitsfield. For the first time in Valley Players’ history, all the plays this coming season have been previously produced by the group.

Harvey, by Mary Chase, will be directed by Tom Badowski, with show dates Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 16. The first show produced by the Valley Players in 1979, the main character of Harvey is Elwood P. Dowd, who insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit.

On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson, will be directed by Jeanne Beckwith, with show dates Friday-Sunday, August 2-18. Originally produced here in 1982, On Golden Pond tells the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for.

Oliver!, by Lionel Bart, will be directed by Ruth Ann Pattee with music direction by Michael Halloran. The show dates are Friday-Sunday, October 4-20. The Tony Award-winning show first staged at the Valley Players in 2008 (also directed by Pattee) is based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, about a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, whose journey through a London full of nefarious characters and fraught with danger ultimately leads him to the true love of a family.

Auditions for Harvey and On Golden Pond will be held Sunday, February 3 at 4 p.m. and Monday, February 4 at 6 p.m. Both shows are non-musicals. Harvey has roles for young adults and adults, while On Golden Pond has roles for seniors, adults and one role for a boy who looks 12-14 years old. Those coming to audition do not need to prepare anything; audition scripts will be provided.

Auditions for Oliver! will be Sunday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 12. Approximately eight children ages 5-12 will be cast as orphans and pickpockets; two children will be cast as Oliver. There are many other roles, singing and non-singing, for teens and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult to auditions on Feb. 10 at 2 pm or Feb. 12 at 5 pm. Auditions for teen and adults will be on Feb. 10 at 6 pm or Feb, 12 at 7 pm. “I would really like to encourage parents to come and audition with their kids during the kids’ audition times,” said Pattee. “This is a great show for parents to participate in with their kids as cast members!” No preparation is needed to audition, although if those trying out for lead roles would like to prepare 36 bars of a song, opportunity will be provided to perform.

Season tickets for these shows and for the three shows in 2020 are available now. For more information, go to valleyplayers.com, email valleyplayers@madriver.com, or call 802-583-1674.

March 10 and 17: Chandler Center for the Arts announces auditions for their 21st annual summer youth musical: Footloose! Auditions are scheduled for Sunday March 10 for teen lead roles and Sunday March 17 for elementary and teen chorus roles. Performances will be held on the main stage at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on July 4-7. On- and off-stage opportunities are available to students ages 7 through 18.
Registration forms and audition material are available on Chandler’s website at www.chandler-arts.org/youth. Deadline for registration is March 8 for leads, March 15 for choruses. Registration and audition fees will be charged and partial scholarship assistance is available.
The directing team for this production includes Kim Nowlan Hathaway as director and choreographer and Molly Clark as music director.
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Chandler’s annual musical production presents plenty of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, and more! For information about auditioning or about helping out behind the scenes, please contact Emily Crosby at outreach@chandler-arts.org or 802-728-9878 extension 3.
For more information about youth offerings at Chandler, please visit www.chandler-arts.org
Footloose is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

Chandler Music Hall
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT
Saturdays February 2 & 9
AUDITIONS: MUD SEASON VARIETY SHOW
The Mud Season Variety Show returned last year and is back again by popular demand. The show will be performed on Friday March 22 at 7 pm. Anything goes–dancing, fiddling, juggling, singing, tickling the ivories, doing a skit, getting your garage band together.
Contact Janine Reeves at mainesjj@comcast.net or at 802-234-5514 to sign up for an audition time.

Chandler Music Hall
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT
Wednesday, February 6
AUDITIONS: MINI MUD
The Mini Mud youth variety show will be held Friday March 8 at 7 pm. Youngsters age 6-18 are invited to bring music, dance, magic, theatrical skits, or any other talent to perform.
Contact Ramsey Papp at ramsey.papp@gmail.com or at 802-578-4005 to sign up for an audition time.

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  • WORST. SONG. EVER.

    WORST. SONG. EVER.

    20:00-22:00
    2018/02/02
    46 Granite St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    46 Granite St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    Feb. 2, 8–10pm

    Sign up in advance to take the stage and cover your least favorite pop music (from any era). Audience voting, bad trophies, & a fun-raiser!

    Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre.

    331-0013. info@wooo.tv. wooo.tv

    Free

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  • FEMCOM

    FEMCOM

    20:30
    2018/02/03
    248 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    248 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    Feb. 3: FEMCOM. All-female standup comedy. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896.events@espressobueno.comespressobueno.com.

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  • EarthWalk Community Event: Deep Winter Storytelling

    EarthWalk Community Event: Deep Winter Storytelling

    16:30-19:00
    2018/02/10
    18 High St, Plainfield, VT 05667, USA

    18 High St, Plainfield, VT 05667, USA

    Cozy indoor gathering at the Plainfield Opera House
    Saturday, February 10, 4:30-7:00pm
    Free for all ages!
    Where: Plainfield Opera House
    Enjoy a community potluck followed by uplifting folktales of hope and renewal shared by EarthWalk Mentors.

  • EarthWalk Community Event: Deep Winter Storytelling

    EarthWalk Community Event: Deep Winter Storytelling

    16:30-19:00
    2018/02/10
    18 High St, Plainfield, VT 05667, USA

    18 High St, Plainfield, VT 05667, USA

    Cozy indoor gathering at the Plainfield Opera House
    Saturday, February 10, 4:30-7:00pm
    Free for all ages!
    Where: Plainfield Opera House
    Enjoy a community potluck followed by uplifting folktales of hope and renewal shared by EarthWalk Mentors.

  • Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour

    Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour

    20:00
    2018/02/10
    44 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

    44 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

    Feb. 10, 8 pm

    Stand up comedy from Kathleen Kanz, Cat Klarich, Gina Tron, Corey Flynn, and Chris Parker.

    deMena’s, 44 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. 613-3172

    $5 cash at the door

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  • “Big Love”

    “Big Love”

    19:00
    2018/02/15
    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    The student theater troupe at Johnson State College will stage “Big Love,” a play that raises issues of love, gender politics and domestic violence, Feb. 15-18 at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus.

    Performances will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $10 a person (cash only) for the public.

    “Big Love,” by American playwright Charles Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. The play is about a group of Greek women who take sanctuary in an Italian manor to avoid marrying their cousins. The JSC production will modernize the original Greek story, in part by the grooms-to-be ambushing the women by helicopter. Seasoned Burlington-based actress Dana Block will direct the production.

    Cast members include Vermonters Katelyn Shaw of Morrisville as Lydia, Brittney Malik of Randolph as Olympia, Troy McCabe of Windsor as Nikos, Jody Kifner of Strafford as Piero/Leo and Jacob Müther of Baltimore as Giuliano.

    To reserve tickets, contact the Dibden Center box office at jscboxoffice@jsc.edu, or call 635-1476 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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  • “Big Love”

    “Big Love”

    19:00
    2018/02/16
    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    The student theater troupe at Johnson State College will stage “Big Love,” a play that raises issues of love, gender politics and domestic violence, Feb. 15-18 at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus.

    Performances will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $10 a person (cash only) for the public.

    “Big Love,” by American playwright Charles Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. The play is about a group of Greek women who take sanctuary in an Italian manor to avoid marrying their cousins. The JSC production will modernize the original Greek story, in part by the grooms-to-be ambushing the women by helicopter. Seasoned Burlington-based actress Dana Block will direct the production.

    Cast members include Vermonters Katelyn Shaw of Morrisville as Lydia, Brittney Malik of Randolph as Olympia, Troy McCabe of Windsor as Nikos, Jody Kifner of Strafford as Piero/Leo and Jacob Müther of Baltimore as Giuliano.

    To reserve tickets, contact the Dibden Center box office at jscboxoffice@jsc.edu, or call 635-1476 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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  • “Big Love”

    “Big Love”

    19:00
    2018/02/17
    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    The student theater troupe at Johnson State College will stage “Big Love,” a play that raises issues of love, gender politics and domestic violence, Feb. 15-18 at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus.

    Performances will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $10 a person (cash only) for the public.

    “Big Love,” by American playwright Charles Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. The play is about a group of Greek women who take sanctuary in an Italian manor to avoid marrying their cousins. The JSC production will modernize the original Greek story, in part by the grooms-to-be ambushing the women by helicopter. Seasoned Burlington-based actress Dana Block will direct the production.

    Cast members include Vermonters Katelyn Shaw of Morrisville as Lydia, Brittney Malik of Randolph as Olympia, Troy McCabe of Windsor as Nikos, Jody Kifner of Strafford as Piero/Leo and Jacob Müther of Baltimore as Giuliano.

    To reserve tickets, contact the Dibden Center box office at jscboxoffice@jsc.edu, or call 635-1476 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • The 8th Annual Dance Showcase – Embracing Inclusion through Movement

    The 8th Annual Dance Showcase – Embracing Inclusion through Movement

    19:00
    2018/02/17
    Lake & College Building, 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

    Lake & College Building, 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

    The 8th Annual Dance Showcase – Embracing Inclusion through Movement
    to benefit Vermont Family Network & Puppets in Education
    Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
    Main Street Landing Black Box Theater
    Sixty Lake Street (corner of Lake & College Sts.), Burlington, VT
    Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
    available at Vermont Family Network, (802) 876-5315 x247
    or at the Flynn Theater Box Office and FlynnTix.org
    On Saturday, February 17, 2018 – New York City, New England and Montreal’s best professional and semi-professional dance companies and soloists will perform selections from a diverse background of dance disciplines at the 8th Annual Dance Showcase featuring: Bryce Dance Company from NYC, Di’Ahna Restry & Liam Reddy from Boston, Cult of Yes and Kali Maat from Montreal,  Kala Seraphin from Montreal, She Awakens of New England, Nicole Dagesse and Hanna Satterlee, Christina Kelly,  Ana Maria & De Train, Cobra Gymnastics & Dance Center, Shelby Jones,  Celtic Company from Green Mountain Performing Arts, Arunima Dasgupta, Haley Bradstreet & Robin Riley, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Toby MacNutt & Mac Melrose, Champlain College Dance Team, PH Dance & Ers, Dream City Dance, Candace Fugazy & Abby Pepin, Ballet Viridis, HIGHSTEPPERS and The Accaliae.
    100% of proceeds will support Vermont Family Network (VFN) & Puppets in Education (PiE). VFN empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their full potential. PiE teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy and to appreciate each other’s differences. With life-sized puppets, PiE reaches over 10,000 children each year throughout VT, NH & NY with their 22 programs, including: disability awareness; abuse prevention; bullies & school safety; cultural diversity; healthy bodies; children’s mental health; alcohol, tobacco & drug prevention; Blue (keeping Lake Champlain clean and blue) and demystifying autism.  For more information www.PuppetsInEducation.org and www.VermontFamilyNetwork.org.
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  • Dinoman!

    Dinoman!

    13:00
    2018/02/18
    317 Howard Ave, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, USA

    317 Howard Ave, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, USA

    MOXIE Productions proudly presents “DINOMAN!” a science-based play about dinosaurs, fossils, and fun, for all ages, at the Grange Hall Cultural Center, on Sunday, February 18 @ 1pm as a part of their 2018 “One & Only Series,” a celebration of solo performances.

    Vermont theater artist, Bob Lisaius of Theater X Productions, takes a break from touring nationally to perform Dinoman! at the Grange Hall Cultural Center, a show with magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, taking the audience on a trip throughout the mesozoic era. Dinoman! Is a fantastic way to introduce kinds into the world of science. All proceeds for this show will go directly to the Grange Hall Renovation Fund.

    Tickets are only $5/child (under 12yo); $10/adult. Advanced group sales are available if reserved before Feb16 @ 5pm. Seating is limited, so plan ahead!

    For information and reservations, call 802/ 244-4168 or email grangehallcc@gmail.com

    Grange Hall Cultural Center, 317 Howard Avenue, Waterbury Center

     

  • “Big Love”

    “Big Love”

    14:00
    2018/02/18
    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656, USA

    The student theater troupe at Johnson State College will stage “Big Love,” a play that raises issues of love, gender politics and domestic violence, Feb. 15-18 at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus.

    Performances will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $10 a person (cash only) for the public.

    “Big Love,” by American playwright Charles Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. The play is about a group of Greek women who take sanctuary in an Italian manor to avoid marrying their cousins. The JSC production will modernize the original Greek story, in part by the grooms-to-be ambushing the women by helicopter. Seasoned Burlington-based actress Dana Block will direct the production.

    Cast members include Vermonters Katelyn Shaw of Morrisville as Lydia, Brittney Malik of Randolph as Olympia, Troy McCabe of Windsor as Nikos, Jody Kifner of Strafford as Piero/Leo and Jacob Müther of Baltimore as Giuliano.

    To reserve tickets, contact the Dibden Center box office at jscboxoffice@jsc.edu, or call 635-1476 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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  • Bueno Comedy Showcase

    Bueno Comedy Showcase

    20:30
    2018/02/23
    248 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    248 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641, USA

    Feb. 23: Bueno Comedy Showcase. A wide range of talented standup comics, from here and away, working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896. events@espressobueno.comespressobueno.com.

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  • “Qué Nochebuena” (What a Christmas Eve)

    “Qué Nochebuena” (What a Christmas Eve)

    14:00
    2018/02/24
    130 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

    130 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

    Join us for a stage reading of Qué Nochebuena (What a Christmas Eve), a play by Inez Martinez, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m.

    A nativity story with a twist, Qué Nochebuena speaks to the civility and empathy needed for immigration reform. Guatemalan immigrants, eighteen-year-old Carlos and his pregnant sister, Felicia, seek refuge in a Mexican-American community in northern New Mexico, while pursued by an immigration agent intent on deporting them.

     Que Nochebuena

    Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m.

    Unitarian Church of Montpelier

    130 Main Street

    Free Admission

    Playwright Inez Martinez is a poet, novelist, essayist, CUNY Emerita Professor, Jungian scholar, and native of New Mexico.

     

  • Young Tradition Vermont with special guest Andrea Beaton

    Young Tradition Vermont with special guest Andrea Beaton

    19:00-21:00
    2018/02/24
    2853 Hardwick St, Greensboro, VT 05841, USA

    2853 Hardwick St, Greensboro, VT 05841, USA

    Saturday, February 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    MAIN STAGE

    The Young Tradition Touring Group consists of teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire. The group is supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Dominque Dodge and Andrea Beaton; and includes 24 auditioned members ranging in age from 12 to 20. Proceeds from this performance will support the group’s trip to visit Scotland!

    $20 SUGGESTED DONATION

    Highland Center for the Arts
    Box Office – 802-533-2000
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