Town Hall Theater

Something special happened in Middlebury last weekend. Folks in Buttolph Acres and at EastView were drawn out of their homes and into the streets by an old-fashioned traveling show. Created by Town Hall Theater’s Courageous Stage and performed on a mobile platform, "Doc Lyle Sol's Medicine Show" encouraged pan-banging, music-playing, and cheering from audiences — who were appropriately spaced out and masked — along its route. The original work is a modern twist on the 1800s medicine show, as Doc Sol, a classic “snake-oil salesman,” pulls out all the stops to sell the crowd a miracle cure for...
While COVID-19 is has closed performing arts venues around the world, it is providing them with the opportunity to get creative with providing arts programming to the public. Town Hall Theater in Middlebury is no exception. Thanks to the internet age, THT has been entertaining anyone with internet access with their Quarantine Sessions — short performances by THT favorites. Go to That is not the only thing, however. One look at their “What’s On?” listings and performing arts lovers will see a number of links to performances of opera, musicals, plays, music and dance.  This...

JUDITH GIUSTO HAS worked in fiber arts for 25 years, but these days she’s turning more to her interest in jewelry making. She will be one of the many artists featured at Town Hall Theater’s “A Toast to the Arts” fundraising event that’s been rescheduled for May 21 (though that’s subject to change). Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — For the second year in a row, Town Hall Theater is planning “A Toast to the Arts” — a fundraising party that celebrates 27 of Vermont’s visual artists and gives guests the opportunity to buy art and support the local theater. This year’s event was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, but due to the coronavirus has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  While we’re all furiously washing our hands and trying to stay healthy, we can still get excited for this upcoming exhibit and sale that will showcase artists’ carefully curated works in paint, pastel,...

TOWN HALL THEATER'S online video series, The Quarantine Sessions, featured Josh Collier, tenor and star of the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Because we could all use some light right now, Town Hall Theater is launching The Quarantine Sessions. Every day this week and beyond, the Middlebury theater will feature a THT star performer, resident company or staff member in a series of short videos for your viewing pleasure.  “We’re keeping the arts alive in our homes — and delivering it to you,” THT’s Facebook post said on Monday.  Episode 1 featured THT founder and artistic director Douglas Anderson, accentuating the positive on his ukulele.  “The idea took off right away,” Anderson said in a phone interview, explaining that he...
ADDISON COUNTY — There’s a popular saying in entertainment circles — “The show must go on.” Well, the coronavirus has trumped that maxim for performance venues around Addison County, as it should. The curtains are drawn and the stage lights have dimmed for an uncertain length of time, until society receives the “all-clear signal” from health care officials. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater was already anticipating a modified performance schedule this year as a result of the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, which will include a 10-week shutdown of Main Street and Merchants Row beginning...

VANESSA DUNLEAVY, LEFT, and Miranda Ferriss Jones had planned to present their first collaborative musical, “Showing Up,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury next week.
MIDDLEBURY — The old adage “write what you know,” may be a little cliché, but it didn’t fail Vanessa Dunleavy and Miranda Ferriss Jones when they set out to write their first musical together. “What we know is our relationship,” said Ferriss Jones, who’s known Dunleavy since they were kids growing up in the Middlebury area. So that’s exactly what they used to craft “Showing Up” — a story of how two women hold on to what’s important: their passions, their values, and, most importantly, each other. The two-woman show is loosely based on the lives of the creators, and was scheduled to take the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Feb. 23, with the compelling historical drama “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo, nominated for an Academy Award for her stunning portrayal of the heroic Harriet Tubman.  The film will screen at 2 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  Presenting a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects offers its audiences  a diverse and entertaining array of films.  All the movies will screen at THT.  The fifth film in the...

LISA MITCHELL, FO-FOUNDER of Middlebury UndergrounD, has been named the new general manager of Town Hall Theater. She takes over for Mark Bradley, who has decided to move on. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — When Mark Bradley announced last month he’d be stepping down as top administrator of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, his board of directors didn’t have to look far for a replacement. Take a bow, Lisa Mitchell. The former THT board member and co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD, known as MUD, will on Feb. 24 officially start what she hopes will be a long run as the theater’s general manager. “I felt it was a wonderful match for my skills, interests and experience,” Mitchell said during a Tuesday interview. “I decided to go for it, and I am completely honored that it worked out.”...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School graduate Harry McEnerny V plays Heinz in the first reading of Emily Rosenbaum’s “Precession” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Acting Company’s (formerly Middlebury Actors Workshop) Cutting Edge Staged Reading Series begins its fourth season of provocative, relevant and intelligent plays this month. This year the group has chosen to feature three Vermont playwrights. The first reading, “Precession” by Emily Rosenbaum, will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m., in the Byers Studio at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. The play is based on historical events. At the end of WWII, the U.S. military needed to interrogate and process high-level German prisoners of war. They brought them to Fort...

TOWN HALL THEATER Executive Director Mark Bradley is leaving the Middlebury organization after 18 months working to make it a more sustainable institution. He is shown here in October at an arts award ceremony with Anna Marie Gerwitz (left), former executive director of the Flynn Music Center, and Susan McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater will soon have a new top administrator. Executive Director Mark Bradley, who has guided THT during a significant recent organizational transition, is bidding the theater and the town a bittersweet farewell on Feb. 21. “It’s been a good year and a half,” Bradley said. “It has been an intense period, helping Town Hall Theater transition from a ‘founding organization’ to a ‘sustaining organization.’” Bradley began his job as THT’s top administrator in August 2018, after a stint as the Assistant Director of the Lebanon (N.H.) Opera House. He succeeded THT founder...


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