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Arts Beat for Mar. 18: 'On Golden Pond' opens at THT this week

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Arts Beat for Mar. 18: 'On Golden Pond' opens at THT this week

“ON GOLDEN POND” will be staged by the Poor Lost Circus Performers from Thursday, March, 21 through Sunday, March 24, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Above, the cast takes a moment to pose for a promotional shot.

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Fox

By GREG PAHL

“On Golden Pond,” the stage version of a beautiful story that was an Oscar-winning film starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, is coming to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Poor Lost Circus Performers’ production will open on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances will be on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with a final matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The show begins as Norman and Ethel Thayer are opening their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine. It is their 48th summer together, and also the 48th summer Ethel has brought Norman to the cottage that had been her family’s since she was small. Norman (Robert Demic, Bristol) is 79, a retired English professor, and showing his age. Ethel (Robin Hewitt, Bristol) is a spry 69 and enthusiastically preparing for her husband’s 80th birthday party by inviting their daughter Chelsea (Tanya Kurtz Lehman, Middlebury) to come from California to visit for the first time in eight years.

Charlie the mailman (Carl Engvall, Bristol) brings the news, along with the torch he’s been carrying for Chelsea since they were children together. Chelsea arrives on Norman’s birthday with her new boyfriend, Bill Ray (Craig Bailey, Shelburne), and his son, Billy (Benjamin Fox, Charlotte). Chelsea and Bill are going on to Europe and ask to leave Billy with Norman and Ethel for the month. The old man and the boy become great pals, and life changes for the better for everybody in this heartwarming tale of long-term love and hope.

“I’m excited to bring this story of multi-generational love and reconciliation to the stage for several reasons, including the opportunity to work with some of my favorite actors and examine themes of continuity and change, connections and resolutions at several points along life’s journey,” says director Jeffrey Fox. “It’s also a tribute to my late wife. On Golden Pond is special, partly because it brings echoes of dreams that didn’t come true. This one is for Sue, who sang ‘Grow Old with Me’ at our wedding.”

The 1982 film was adapted by playwright Ernest Thompson and won three Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Actress in Leading Roles, and was nominated for seven more.

Poor Lost Circus Performers is a new company at the Town Hall Theater; “On Golden Pond” is their second production, after “Anne of Green Gables,” which played to full houses in the spring of 2018.

Tickets are $20 ($17 for students with ID) plus fees for all performances, and can be purchased at the box office, 802-382-9222, or online at townhalltheater.org. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a $2 per ticket discount.

LIVE ELECTRONIC MUSIC IMPROVISATION AT COLLEGE

There will be a performance, “Data Stream: Live Electronic Music Improvisation,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center.

Sandy Nordahl, Scot Schwestka and Peter Hamlin ‘73 celebrate a musical friendship and creative collaboration that goes back 30 years, with improvisatory concerts that explore electronic technology’s many possibilities for performance and sound.

Schwestka is a virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer who is also a visual artist and instrument builder. Nordahl is a versatile bassist and keyboardist with extensive experience as an electronic music composer and teacher, recording engineer, programmer and creator of interactive digital visual art. Hamlin has been interested in electronics since childhood and works with sound design and performance on non-traditional instruments as well as live processing of acoustic instruments and voice.

They will be joined on stage by Music/Computer Science major and vocalist Fiona Sullivan ‘19 (pictured), saxophone/flute master Matthew Evan Taylor (also pictured) and guitarist/Chapman Stick artist Mark Christensen.

The performance is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street. Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Arts Center parking lot.

BACH GEMS AT WALKOVER IN BRISTOL

The WalkOver concert room welcomes two extraordinary musicians, pianist Annemieke McLane and cellist Emily Taubl (pictured), in an evening performance of intimate Bach gems, on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

Dutch-born pianist McLane, a recording artist affiliated with St. Michael’s and Dartmouth, and Taubl, a graduate of Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music, who teaches at the University of Vermont, embody deeply-felt and nuanced performances. These beautiful works, carefully selected by the musicians, will be performed just two days after the composer’s spring equinox birthday, and will feature a solo cello suite, a solo piano Toccata, and the collaboration of these two seasoned chamber musicians on the Gamba Sonatas, (the viola da gamba was the ancestor of the modern-day cello.) J.S. Bach works performed by these expressive musical artists promise to nourish the spirit and welcome spring.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the performance. Reservations and information are at 802-453-3188 ext. 2 or at [email protected]. The WalkOver is located at 15 Main Street in Bristol.

BLUES JAM IN BRISTOL

Middlebury-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be hosting a Blues Jam in Bristol at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, March 20, at Hatch 31, located at 31 Main Street.

The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music. This is a monthly event on the third Wednesday of the month.

If you are a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage. The host band, The Tom Caswell Blues Band, will begin the proceedings at 8 p.m. before people are called up from the sign-up sheet to form bands and play the blues. The jam will end with the host band taking the stage once more to wrap things up.

Although the music begins at 8 p.m., an earlier arrival is advised. Admission to the jam is free.

ADVANCED DANCE IMPROVISATION AT COLLEGE

There will be a program, “Advanced Improvisation,” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the dance theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center. This informal showing demonstrates the research undertaken by the Advanced Improvisation course directed by Lida Winfield. Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth will perform music composed in the moment. It’s free, and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street. Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Arts Center parking lot.

MOVEMENT MATTERS AT COLLEGE

There will be a Movement Matters spotlight with Shakia Johnson at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the Dance Theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center.

Shakia Johnson’s master classes engage with the history of hip-hop through its evolution of movement. She is an accomplished choreographer, performer and educator based in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, and is a beloved instructor at the Bates Dance Festival. It’s free, and the public is welcome.

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