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Theater preview: 'God of Carnage' shows that behaving well gets you nowhere

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Actors Workshop will present Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage,” Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This fast-paced, wicked little comedy of manners takes on parenthood, civilization and the hypocrisy we all indulge in when defending our own.

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Town Hall Theater to celebrate five years with gala event

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — “It seems like we opened just yesterday,” says Town Hall Theater executive director Douglas Anderson. “It’s come as a shock to all of us that we’ve been at this for 5 years. I guess time passes when you’re having fun.”

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Opera review: Tchaikovsky and Tatiana triumph at Town Hall Tenth

Posted on June 3, 2013 |
By Nancy Maxwell



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Opera review by NANCY MAXWELL

Note to self regarding reviewing Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of “Eugene Onegin”: Do NOT gush. Note to self: Forget note to self.

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Discarded pianos prepared for an encore on downtown streets

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Yinglei Zhang has earned her well-earned artistic reputation by using a thin brush to deftly place ink and watercolor strokes on delicate rice paper.

But her latest canvas weighs in at several hundred pounds and will require some burly football players to move it from her studio when it is ready.

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Town Hall Theater gallery showcases unique works by women artists

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater presents “The Blue Swans — Seven Women Artists,” featuring paintings and monoprints by Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb, Phoebe Stone, Sarah Wesson and Yinglei Zhang. The exhibit runs March 1-31.

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Local elementary students to perform 'King Lear' at THT

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — At the second annual production of the Town Hall Theater’s “Shakespeare: It’s Elementary” program 110 students will perform “King Lear.” Performances are on Thursday, March 14, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Students from three fifth-grade classes at Mary Hogan Elementary and one class each at Leicester Central and Shoreham Elementary have worked for 10 weeks on all elements of text and performance, including reading comprehension, stage fighting and scene craft, among others.

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Vermont native acts out his California life on stage

Posted on September 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Some playwrights can spend months in dank libraries or other exotic places researching script material for stage performances.

But Middlebury native Mike Sommers has fashioned a 90-minute, one-man play just by drinking in the sights from the stoop of his house in West Oakland, Calif.

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Talented singers learn German for Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY –– World-class opera usually comes to Addison County but once a year at the June Opera Company of Middlebury performance. And even then it is not usually opera sung entirely in German.

But over the past six weeks 11 singers have studied, prepared and rehearsed  in German for performances here this weekend of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

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Story, staging, singing fuels a hit

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By David Weinstock



Editor’s note: Doug Anderson’s contemporary staging of the Massenet opera “Thaïs” opened at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater last Friday and will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 14, 15 (with alternate cast) and 16. Here are responses to the work from two reviewers.

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Anderson gives 19th-century opera a sexy new twist

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Sue Small



I don’t know Doug Anderson that well but I learned something new about him this past Friday; he’s not afraid to take on a challenge. To stage a production of a complex opera written in the 19th century, about a repressed monk and a promiscuous courtesan from ancient Egypt, and make it appealing to a modern audience, takes vision and some serious nerve.

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