Town Hall Theater

ELAINE MITCHAM OF Bridport models a full-length bear skin coat her husband Ed has been holding onto for years. The couple donated the coat to the Fabulous Flea Market to be held on Sept. 14 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury to raise funds for the local theater. Independent photo/Steve James
Elves, of a sort, have been bustling around Town Hall Theater transforming it into a wonderland of antiques, crafts and collectibles. On Saturday, Sept. 14, they will open the stately building at the top of Middlebury’s Merchants Row to the public for the 10th annual Fabulous Flea Market — a fundraiser that helps maintain the 135-year-old structure and supports the myriad arts activities it hosts. Organizers say there will be a wide range of items including: kids toys and games, kitchen gadgets and small appliances, rugs, paintings and prints, gardening tools, lamps, small electronics… whew!...

Eden Ginsberg and Ethan DeWitt practice one of their songs during rehearsal last week. Ten of the songs in this production are originals from members of this cast. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” might not be an obvious choice for Town Hall Theater’s Young Company — a troupe of youthful players ages 12-26 — considering our time’s current attention to oppression and equality. But that didn’t scare off the theater’s Education Director Lindsay Pontius; she took this controversial classic and decided to make it a rock concert. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “Clint Bierman of The Grift agreed to do a class with me back in February,” she said. “The class was primarily scene study of...
MIDDLEBURY — The German for Singers program will present a colorful operetta and opera pasticcio loosely based on Carl Millöcker’s operetta “Gasparone” (1884) — translation: “If only I was the thief.” The medley tells the story of the young Countess Carlotta who has fallen in love with the famous robber Gasparone during a robbery while the man who saved her from the hands of said robber, Count Ermione, is trying to win her heart. As Carlotta’s three impoverished cousins vie for Ermione’s attention, he decides to pose as a robber to make himself more attractive to the capricious Carlotta. His...
I read Cindy Hill’s letter to the editor from last week’s Addison Independent and the Town Hall theater she described is not the Town Hall Theater I know. I have a different point of view. The THT I know is inclusive — our audiences range from ages five to 95 and beyond. THT offers 150 events each year — plays, concerts, movies, art shows, memorial services and more. For Town Hall Theater, the purchase of the Park Diner was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire property right next to the THT building. Here was space to grow. The long term goal is to build a new structure on the site...
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Young Company offering this summer is a production of the musical “Legally Blonde,” July 26-28.  Once a year, director Doug Anderson, who works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, gets to do what he calls his “dream job:” working with teenagers.  “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” says Anderson, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love hanging out with them.”  Over the years Anderson has presented local teens...

JOANN WHANG IS one of the faculty members at Point CounterPoint who will perform in their annual concert at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.
MIDDLEBURY — The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from prestigious music institutions and from many parts of the world. PCP Faculty changes every two weeks with each new session of campers.  The performance on Friday, July 12, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury will feature Ari Streisfeld, Anne Lanzilotti, David Kaplan, Joann Whang, Jessica Tong, Romina Monsanto and Isabel Ong. This year’s musical program includes Three Madrigals from Book VI by Carlo Gesualdo, arr. Ari Streisfeld, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor Op. 66...
The evisceration of the Park Diner by its conversion from the heart of working-class Middlebury to a tableau beside which the town’s elite can sip wine and eat from a prohibitively expensive out-of-town French restaurant ‘food truck’ while taking selfies against a colorful painted backdrop is a classist and insulting blow to our community. Murals and artwork are of course time-honored traditions, but totally obscuring this building — a contributing structure to Middlebury’s downtown historic district — in swaths of sorbet color is more akin to another time-honored tradition, that of one...

'KLIMT & SCHIELE: EROS and Psyche” will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on July 10, at 11 a.m. This is the last film of the Great Art Wednesdays series this season. The series will resume on Sept. 4.
MIDDLEBURY — For the last Great Art Wednesday film of the season, Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater will screen the new documentary film, “Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche.” This film contrasts the heady sensuality of Klimt’s work with Schiele’s stark, evocative nudes and shows both artists at work during a tumultuous time for both Vienna and the rest of central Europe as well as the art world. “Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche,” recounts the start of the Vienna Secession — a magical art movement formed in the late 1890’s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas were circulated...

THE ALLEYWAY NEXT to Town Hall Theater will be transformed into an outdoor dining room complete with a beer and wine garden when food truck event “Spinning Plates” rolls into Middlebury every Friday evening this summer. Photo courtesy Town Hall Theater
MIDDLEBURY — A new dining spot has come to Middlebury this summer. It’s called Spinning Plates and it’s a hub for local food trucks right outside Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Hungry folks can travel the culinary world without leaving downtown at this food truck that will serve many different things from French food to Ethiopian to Dominican and more. Beginning Friday, June 21, and in partnership with Tourterelle and Evolution Kitchen, Spinning Plates is offering a rotating set of menus from local restaurateurs and chefs throughout the summer. Tourterelle’s menu includes casual French fare...
MIDDLEBURY — Fifth- and sixth-graders from Ripton, Salisbury, Cornwall and Shoreham will take to the Town Hall Theater stage Thursday night to perform Shakespeare's Henry IV — battling with broadswords and singing rock anthems they wrote themselves. It's all part of an innovative literacy curriculum called Courageous Stage. Earlier this year Middlebury Underground spent time with the kids and educators to produce this video about the program. 


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