Town Hall Theater


PAUL MILLER'S DOCUMENTARY "Searching for Timbuctoo" will screen at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 9.
“Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” a ground-breaking exhibit that unearths the little-known story of black land ownership in Vermont. The exhibit opened on Aug. 22 and runs through October at the Jackson Gallery, located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater. The stories of these North Country settlements are told through a series of panels featuring enlargements of historic photographs and documents that shine a light on this relatively un-examined episode in the local history. And while these settlements have been largely forgotten, the exhibit’s underlying themes of voting rights, land reform and...

INDIE-FOLK DUO Abigail and Shaun Bengson will perform at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Town Hall Theater presents “An Evening with The Bengsons,” on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. This in-person musical-theater performance features the married composing and performing powerhouse indie-folk duo, Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Based in New York City and Vermont, The Bengsons have performed across the country and around the world. Their video, “The Keep Going Song” has been viewed over 4 million times, resonating as an anthem of perseverance, through the pandemic and otherwise.  “An Evening with the Bengsons” is an intimate performance of storytelling through song. “The powerful impact...
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater will be hosting “Welcome to Middlebury, USA” on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is designed to showcase all that Middlebury has to offer to both those new to the region and to those with deep roots here. More than 25 organizations — clubs, volunteer opportunities, services, kids’ programs, and local arts and entertainment options — will all be on hand to talk about who they are, what they do, and how local folks can connect with organizations that interest them. As part of the day, Town Hall Theater Education will celebrate its 10-year...

TOWN HALL THEATER’S Jackson Gallery is hosting a new exhibit called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” providing a fascinating look at a mid-10th-century land-grant effort in the Adirondacks that sought to give Black New Yorkers the right to vote, in addition to farming opportunities. Photo courtesy John Brown Lives
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Galley has for many years showcased works of art that have stirred diverse emotions in those who have seen them. Beginning this past Sunday, Aug. 22, the gallery is the temporary home to a different kind of exhibit — one that primarily uses words to touch the heart and fill the mind with information about one of the region’s least-known attempts to deliver voting rights to people of color during the 19th century. It’s called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” and it unearths the fascinating story of Black land ownership in New York and Vermont. It will be on...

FROM LEFT: HEATHER Jones and Quinn Bernegger sing in the film-encore of the Opera Company of Middlebury’s performance of “Candide.”
MIDDLEBURY — The production that Opera News called “Extraordinary…eye-popping…delightful” is back for an encore. Opera Company of Middlebury is proud to announce a new screening of their revolutionary filmed production of “Candide” at Town Hall Theater on Sept. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m.  Those who missed it the first time have another chance to see OCM’s break-through film of Leonard Bernstein’s classic comedy. Audience members who streamed it at home will have a whole new experience seeing it in high-definition on Town Hall Theater’s big screen accompanied by a soundscape that fills the room....

TOWN HALL THEATER’S Jackson Gallery is hosting a new exhibit called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” providing a fascinating look at a mid-10th-century land-grant effort in the Adirondacks that sought to give Black New Yorkers the right to vote, in addition to farming opportunities. Photo courtesy John Brown Lives
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Galley has for many years showcased works of art that have stirred diverse emotions in those who have seen them. On Sunday, Aug. 22, the gallery will be temporary home to a different kind of exhibit — one that will primarily use words to touch the heart and fill the mind with information about one of the region’s least-known attempts to deliver voting rights to people of color during the 19th century. It’s called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” and it unearths the fascinating story of Black land ownership in New York and Vermont. It will be on display at the...

CATCH THE YOUNG Company’s performance of “Servant of Two Masters” this weekend, Aug. 20-21, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This performance marks the 10th anniversary of THT’s education program.
The Town Hall Theater Young Company will take the stage a second time this summer with a production of “Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20-21, at 7 p.m. The Young Company is part of THT’s education program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The cast ranges in age from 13 to 22. The production features fast-paced physical comedy as well as an eight-piece band. The actors are also the musicians. “This is a perfect culmination of a decade of summer programming as this cast draws from the best of our many summer offerings such as Rock-It...

LILY ROBERTS, LEFT, plays Jack Kelly, and Noah Smith-Sabourin plays Jack's buddy Davy in Town Hall Theater's production of "Newsies, Jr." Independent photo/Steve James
Back in the late 1800s, newsboys were on every street corner in New York. Poor, often homeless and shoeless, their cries of “Extra! Read all about it!” could be heard throughout the city.  But when publishers Pulitzer and Hearst demanded a bigger cut of the newsies’ income, the kids did something extraordinary: they organized and went on strike. It was a bunch of unruly kids against two of the richest men in America.  And the newsies won.  This story has been turned into a hit Broadway musical, which will be presented by Town Hall Theater’s Young Company on July 23 and 24.  “It’s the perfect...

Cree Carrigo, as Cunegonde, sings the famous “Glitter and Be Gay” in Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” This performance premiered online on Tuesday, June 15 and will be available on OCM’s YouTube channel until June 30. Photo by Tim Joy
I have just emerged from a screening of Opera Company of Middlebury’s (OCM) brilliant retelling of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” The signature tune from the overture filling my head, I cannot get over the feeling of giddiness from two hours of sustained laughter and wonderment — an unfamiliar sensation after 15 months of COVID-19 lockdown. It feels like a new world — in this messiest of all possible worlds. This is a beautiful story. First, imagine: A pandemic rages across the land. The OCM board and Artistic Director Douglas B. Anderson, faced with how to continue producing opera at their...

MIDDLEBURY’S TOWN HALL Theater is marking its 10th year of offering educational programming, and this year’s offerings are creating quite the buzz ... in part by raising a “bee” on the building’s bell tower.
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater leaders want their patrons to experience the two “Es” when they come to a show at the performing arts hub in downtown Middlebury. The first “E” of course stands for enjoyment. But the second “E” might some as a surprise to some. “Education.” The THT is marking its 10th year of delivering educational programming to children and adults of all ages. And those who partake this year will learn their A, Bee, Cs, as evidenced by the colorful bumblebee that was hoisted onto the theater’s façade last week. Educational entertainment at the THT has come a long way since it...

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