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MAYA BRECKENRIDGE, RIGHT, scares Chance Koenig during a rehearsal of “HONK!, JR.,” the upcoming Middlebury Community Players Foundations musical production that will take the Town Hall Theater’s stage Nov. 7-10. The 25-member cast of kids are all from Addison County. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Being different takes courage, and in a world comfortable with conformity “different,” unfortunately, often means facing harsh bullies. Hans Christian Andersen illustrated this first in his classic 1843 fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling,” where a homely little bird suffers abuse from all around him until he matures into a beautiful swan. The story of personal transformation in the face of adversity will be re-hatched by the Middlebury Community Players, with “HONK!, JR.,” Nov. 7-10 on the Town Hall Theater stage in Middlebury. This children’s musical adaptation of the Ugly Duckling...
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death with a limited screening of “Leonardo: The Works,” directed by Phil Grabsky on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favorite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of “Leonardo: The Works,” as the film presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen...

CRAIG MARAVICH AND Chris Caswell, star as Benedick and Beatrice, in the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s take on the classic “Much Ado About Nothing,” which runs at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury October 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 27 at 2 p.m. Photo by Peter Lourie
MIDDLEBURY — Since Shakespeare’s perky rom-com “Much Ado About Nothing” opened in London 400 years ago, you might think that by now it had been staged in every conceivable way, and the good news is, you’d be wrong. Next week Middlebury Actors Workshop offers a truly original and refreshing entertainment based on the classic. Set in New York City in 1945, Melissa Lourie’s adaptation becomes a play-within-a-play. Members of an acting troupe gather at a joyous formal dinner party to welcome two of their number home from the long war. As entertainment for themselves and their friends (you, the...
MIDDLEBURY — Don’t be fooled by the name — Atlantic Canadian trio The Burning Hell play joyous, wry and witty lyric-driven songs that swing from folk to garage rock, with hints of klezmer, country, rembetika and old-fashioned storytelling along the way. Over 10 years and almost as many albums, the sound of The Burning Hell has changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable — much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always been songwriter Mathias Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant,...

OPERA COMPANY OF Middlebury veterans Suzanne Kantorski (as Floria Tosca) and James Flora (as Mario Cavaradossi) sing the final aria of Puccini’s Tosca at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury Monday night. OCM will stage three performances with a full orchestra at Town Hall Theater, then take the production on tour with piano and string quartet to Stowe, Woodstock and Cambridge, N.Y. Photo by Max Kraus
MIDDLEBURY — Late in the game I got tapped to write a preview of Opera Company of Middlebury’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” which plays at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater this week. As a substitute critic who knows something about theater but really doesn’t know all that much about opera, I decided instead to write about what it means to “dare.” That word came up on Monday night when “Tosca” director Douglas Anderson was weighing the pros and cons of tweaking his production a little bit. In the performing arts such tweaks often unleash unexpected brilliance and magic. But they can also...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will debut its MNFF Selects film series on Thursday, Oct. 17, with the screening of the documentary, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF Selects is the rebranded monthly screening series that replaces the MNFF Winter/Spring Screening Series. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater....

TOWN HALL THEATER Artistic Director Douglas Anderson recently won a statewide award from the Vermont Arts Council for his many contributions to the Middlebury theater and to the community at large. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Douglas Anderson has had an eclectic professional career. Educator. Writer. Producer. Director. And let’s throw in “quote machine” for good measure. “You make plans for the future, but the future is something that happens to you,” the ubiquitous founder and artistic director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater said last Tuesday of his unscripted career path. Little did Anderson know in 1997, when the Town Hall Theater (THT) was a mere concept scribbled in his notebook, that 22 years later he would be receiving a statewide award for his contributions to the arts and to his community...

LAUDED STORYTELLER BILL Torrey will perform “Cutting Remarks” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
Bill Torrey will be performing his Storytelling Extravaganza, “Cutting Remarks,” at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The NPR Moth Mainstage Performer and Four-Time Moth StorySlam Winner shares true, heartwarming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of his life. He spent his childhood roaming the fields and forests, which led him to a 40-year career working in the woods. By the time he was 19, he was working as a logger earning 80 cents a tree. His timber harvesting skills and forest stewardship was considered some of the best in the state. While working...

The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” rehearse the musical, which will be performed on September 20-22 at Town Hall Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — Trey Anastasio became a legend in the world of rock & roll with his Burlington-based jam band, Phish. Not many people know, however, that he wrote the songs for a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” in 2013. The show received decent reviews, but it had a surprisingly short run. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is giving the show its Vermont premiere on Sept. 20-22. Based on a 1997 documentary, the show centers on a bizarre contest in Texas. Ten people put their hands on a brand-new pick-up truck and stand there in the wilting Texas heat. The last person standing with their...

CATHERINE MACLELLAN TAKES the stage at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
With her grace and charm, award-winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan captivates audiences with deep emotional connections through intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. MacLellan will be on stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favorite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural Prince Edward Island. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative...


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