In the Jackson Gallery

Sanford Farrier

Posters for Plays Not Yet Written

On display through March 11 – April 1.

ARTIST’S RECEPTION Friday, March 31  5 – 7 pm

The exhibit coincides with Town Hall Theater’s fourth annual Pop-Up Plays and will be integral to the process for this year’s event. In the Plays Not Yet Written collection each poster is an invitation to the viewer to engage in a conversation about theatrical and thematic possibilities. It starts with a first impression, hopefully leads to thoughtful exploration, and finally poses the question “So, given this treatment and imagery, what do you think this play is about?”

COMING NEXT: Fred Lower – Paintings     April 7 – May 10,   Reception April 14  5 – 7 pm.

Calendar of Events

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 15  postponed due to weather

RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, March 22

Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary.

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film.

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch features the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of Genius’ at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time to his home town of Den Bosch and attracted almost half a million art lovers from all over the world.

With his fascinating life revealed plus the details and stories within his works seen like never before, don’t miss this cinematic exploration of a great creative genius.

$10/ $5 students (March 15 tickets will be valid for the rescheduled screening)



MET Live in HD: Idomeneo

Saturday, Mar. 25

Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.
A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison. Tentative run time 4hrs.  

$24/ $10 students


A Spring Celebration with the French Masters

Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday, March 26

Featuring McKinley James, Cello

THT’s resident orchestra returns with selections from

Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite 1 and 2 and Ravel’s, Valse Nobles et Sentimentales Pavane.

Pavane, Op. 50 – Fauré

Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33 – Saint- Saëns

$15/$10 seniors/$5 students


The World According to Sound

Friday, March 31

Radio producers Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett have gathered sounds from all over the world for their show on NPR. Now they are going to set up a ring of speakers, hand out sleep shades, turn off the lights, and surround you with sound. You will hear bridges and ants and the gurgle of mud pots. The sounds will transport you inside another person’s head and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. There will be a musical performance by a washing machine, a sonorous tennis match, and a disturbing howl Marco Polo heard centuries ago while crossing the Gobi Desert. For one hour you will be surrounded by sound in a way that encourages you to rethink the world through your ears.


Listen to The World According to Sound’s episode on Sonic Stalactites here.





Pop Up Plays 2017

Saturday, April 1

Pop-Up Plays are back! 6 new short plays so fresh you’ll have to slap them twice. The concept is simple: invite 6 playwrights to craft a play overnight, then throw them some curve balls. The next morning, get 6 directors and a gaggle of actors to rehearse the plays all day until showtime at 7:30. Completely new, completely original work is the result. 

2017’s Pop-Up plays will be inspired by the gallery show Posters for Plays Not Yet Written by Sanford Farrier. Playwrights will choose one of Sanford’s works as inspiration.  Posters for Plays Not Yet Written will be in the Jackson Gallery March 11- April 1 (during the Pop-Up Plays) with a reception March 31 from 5-7pm. 




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I, Claude Monet

Great Art Wednesdays*

TUESDAY*, April 4

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.

Based on over 2500 letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.

Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art.

$10/$5 students



Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

Friday, April 7

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

2017 marks The F3T’s 11th annual adventure, and this year’s lineup of films is the finest yet. From Siberia to Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of the sport’s educational and environmental efforts. All profits from the Middlebury event will go to the New Haven River Anglers Association for watershed conservation and free to the public educational programs.

Tickets are available through Middlebury Mountaineer/Green Mountain Adventures at 56 Main Street, online at the link below, by calling 802.388.7245, or at the door if available.

6pm doors open/7pm film
$15 advance/$17 door




Off The Rails

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, April 2 

Then, on April 2, the Series continues with Off The Rails, the riveting documentary from director Adam Irving that tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for the criminal impersonation of NYC subway drivers, conductors, bus drivers, token booth clerks, and track repairmen.  Currently incarcerated at Riker’s Island, yet again, Mr. McCollum puts in sharp focus the line between benevolence and risking the public’s safety.

Tickets: $12



The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Middlebury College Musical Players

Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15

MCMP reprises this delightful Tony Award-winning musical comedy by William Finn (Falsettos) and Rachel Sheinkin.  The story centers on a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. During the show real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters.  Hilarious pre-teen stress and drama ensues through song and spelling, until the champion is named.

PG-13 for crude humor, language, and sexual content.

Tickets are available through the Middlebury College Box Office using the link below, or by phone at 802-443-MIDD (6433).

$14 gen/$12 MC staff/$6 student



Lakou Mizik

with opening band Mogani

Tuesday, April 18

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents from across Haiti’s musical, social, religious, and geographic spectrum, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.

Their music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. The spirit-stirring vodou rhythms and call-and-response vocals are supported by the French café lilt of the accordion. Intricate bass lines and interlocking guitar riffs mesh with the joyful hocketing of rara horns. These powerful layers are topped by sing-along melodies with inspiring, socially conscious lyrics. The end result is a soulful stew of deeply danceable grooves that feels strangely familiar yet intensely new — and 100% Haitian.

Mogani is Middlebury’s own jazz/latin/fusion band, comprised of Cobey Gatos – keys; Glenn Goodwin – bass; Steve MacLauchlan – saxes, flute; Justin Perdue – guitar; Daniel Scharstein – drums; Carlos Velez – percussion

7pm. $15 general admission.




Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (National Theatre Live)

Thursday, Apr 20

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. 




MET Live in HD: Eugene Onegin

Saturday, Apr. 22

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.
A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 11:45 AM (45 minutes before the start time) by Douglas Anderson. Tentative run time 3.40

$24/ $10 students



Middlebury Community Players

Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, May 7

Directed by Dora Greven
Music Director Kerianne Severy

The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the elder care worker, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, to name a few.

The original play, written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), and Nina Faso, with music and lyrics by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor and Susan Birkenhead, has been updated several times since its debut in the 70s.  The newest version includes two songs by Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Visit the Middlebury Community Players website here for more information.

Apr 27 – 29, 8pm
Apr 30, 2pm
May 4 – 6, 8pm
May 7, 2pm

Thursdays $15
Friday – Sunday, $23/$18 students with ID



WORKING-2012 REVISED VERSION is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



The Artists’ Garden: American Impressionism

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 10

Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Traveling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.

In 1886, the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brought a selection of his huge stock of impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever.  As America steamed into the Industrial Age, urban reformers fought to create public parks and gardens: patches of beauty amid smokestacks and ash heaps. Meanwhile the rise of wide-circulation magazines cultivated the idea that gardening was a path to spiritual renewal amid industrial blight and the belief that artists should work in native landscapes.

As America made its epic move from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the pioneering American Impressionists crafted a sumptuous visual language that told the story of an era.

$10/$5 students



The Red Turtle

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Friday, May 12

The mesmerizing animated feature The Red Turtle was seven years in the making by the Oscar-winning Dutch director, Michael Dudok de Wit.  Winner of the Special Jury prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the film, as described by the LA Times’ Kenneth Turan, “is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty. . . This is an immersive, meditative animated feature that is concerned with the rhythms of the natural world and the mysteries and wonders of ordinary life.”  Completely dialogue free, The Red Turtle is utterly unlike the typical animated fare that dominates the commercial marketplace.

Tickets: $12 adults / $8 children 12 and under



Il Trittico

Opera Company of Middlebury – 14th Season

Friday, June 2  7:30 pm
Sunday, June 4  2 pm 
Thursday, June 8  7:30 pm
Saturday, June 10  7:30 pm

A fully-staged production of Puccini’s collection of three one-act operas, featuring professional singers from across the country and the Opera Company of Middlebury Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Michael Sakir.  Douglas Anderson directs.  The evening begins with the searing verismo opera Il tabarro, followed by Puccini’s only comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, and ends with the miraculous, ethereal Suor Angelica.

Rows B & C  $55
Rows D-M  $65
Balcony  $80



MANGIARE!  An Italian feast Puccini would love!

On opening night only, OCM joins The Diner – right next door to the theater – for a sumptuous pre-opera dinner.  Mangiare!  Seating is between 5:00-5:30 pm.  Come to town, park once, enjoy a fabulous Italian feast created especially for OCM, and then there’s no rush, because you simply walk the few steps to the theater for the 7:30 pm curtain.  What could be more convenient, or more delicious?  June 2 only.  $40 (includes tax and gratuity) and a cash bar.  Seating is limited, so call (802) 382-9222 or visit the Town Hall Theater box office to make your reservation.



Sunday May 21  5 pm

CVUUS, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT

OCM has assembled an extraordinary cast of talented professionals for Il Trittico.  Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Society for our annual Meet the Singers concert and reception.  Get to know the singers over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and then settle back to enjoy their favorite arias.  Doug Anderson says: “This is without a doubt my favorite performance in the entire year, with one amazing aria after another, performed by superbly talented singer-actors.  And that room has incredible acoustics.  I beam through the whole thing.”    Appetizers, cash bar and performance.  $35


The Maverick Voice

Wednesdays, March 22- May 31 with a performance (TBA) on June 2nd.
No class on April 26th

A performance project for ages 13-18

Let your voice be heard and free your creative spirit. Through acting, play, and storytelling, this class explores different forms of theatre, literature, and original material for performance. Working as an ensemble, participants will learn acting and play-making techniques. This fun, exploratory, and creative process will culminate in a site specific performance. Come experience the magical inclusive power of theatre and gain a better understanding of  your community and yourself.

3:30 – 5:30
Instructors: Lindsay Pontius + Craig Maravich


Michelangelo: Love and Death

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 14

A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling still leave us breathless today.

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.

$10/$5 students