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Ninth Annual Holiday Show

of Original Works by Local Artists

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, November 19  5 – 7 pm

On display through December 31, 2016

The Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand printed art, fine crafts and photography by talented regional artists. Also featuring stained glass works by guest artist Michael Hart. This holiday season show has become a tradition at Town Hall Theater and features unique and affordable works available for immediate purchase.

 

Calendar of Events

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A Christmas Carol

Presented by Town Hall Theater’s Education Department

Saturday, December 3

The students of Improviso!, the acting class for ages 8-13,  present Dicken’s holiday classic about a miser who finds redemption one Christmas eve with the help of three time-travelling ghosts. 

11am
4pm
Donations Accepted

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The Nutcracker’s Adventure

Middlebury Community Players

At Middlebury Union High School Auditorium

The Nutcracker’s Adventure, now a Middlebury holiday tradition, is once again singing and dancing its way into town at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium during the “Very Merry Middlebury Weekend” December 2-4. Middlebury Community Players’ Foundations presents our own special retelling of the original Nutcracker story in musical form. So charming and appropriate for all ages, whether you’re in pre-school or retirement, this children’s musical theatre production includes Tchaikovsky’s famous music, with clever lyrics and choreography by Nancy Wollum, script and stage direction by Sarah Stone, and vocal music direction by Chuck Miller. The cast of 36 includes actors from age 7 to adults. With tickets only $6, don’t let the holiday season pass you by without including this show in your family’s fun festivities this year. Visit www.middleburycommunityplayers.org for more information.

Fri, Dec. 2 at 7:00pm
Sat., Dec. 3 at 2:00pm
Sun, Dec. 4 at 2:00pm
$6 all shows

TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR AT MUHS

For more information, visit http://www.middleburycommunityplayers.org/

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Renoir: Revered and Reviled

Great Art Wednesdays 

Wednesday, December 7

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.

11am
$10/ $5 students

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Middlebury Actors Workshop

Mwon-life-castiddlebury’s own professional theater company brings this beloved American holiday classic to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast. A stellar ensemble of five actors play over 40 roles as they tell the story of idealistic George Bailey, who considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. A feel-good show for the whole family, It’s a Wonderful Life features live sound effects and music. With Lindsay Pontius, Rob Harte, Paul Schnabel, Karen Lefkoe and MacArthur Stine. Music by Randal Pierce and live sound effects by Sam Hurlburt. Directed by Haley Rice.

“a lovable, evocative piece” – The New York Times

December 9 at 7:30pm 
December 10 at 2pm and 7:30pm 
December 11 at 2pm 

$22/ $10 students
Rated G 

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MET Live in HD: L’Amour de Loin

Sunday, Dec. 11  

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 6:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Greg Vitercik

7:00pm  This is a re-broadcast.

$24/ $10 for students.

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Middlebury Does Christmas

Middlebury Does Christmas takes the wonderful songs of Christmas and serves them up as you’ve never heard them before.  Under the direction of Douglas Anderson, with musical direction by Chuck Miller, the best area singers present the songs you know and love (and several you don’t know) in jazzy new arrangements, backed by a swingin’ 6-piece band.  Featuring Doug and Debby Anderson, Bill and Mindy Bickford, Justin Bouvier, Matt Bouvier, Vanessa Ament, Leigh Guptill, Sarah Stone, Kerianne Severy, Hannah Cormier and Ashley Fink.

December 16 at 7pm
December 17 at 2pm
$15 advance/ $20 door

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No Man’s Land (National Theatre Live)

Sunday, December 18

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

2pm
$17/ $10 students

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New Year’s Eve with The Grift

Saturday, December 31

Had a rough year? Bid farewell to 2016 with Middlebury favorites The Grift.  

Doors at 8pm, entertainment at 9pm
$15
Cash Bar and snacks for purchase

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MET Live in HD: Nabucco

Saturday, Jan 7

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.
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 Jim Pugh. Run time is 2.45hrs.

1:00 
$24/ $10 students

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Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix

Sunday, January 8

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to Town Hall Theater to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House! A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters, like Daphne, the world’s only skateboarding Basset Hound; Squeaky, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier; Mr. Pepe, who only responds to commands in Spanish; and Sir Winston, the Pointer mix who only answers to “Sir.” The Animal Planet Pet Star Winners, the Providence Journal-Bulletin calls the show,“…a truly funny, slapstick dog act.”

2pm
$20 adults/ $10 ages 18 and under

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Met Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette

Saturday, Jan. 21

When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.
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 David Clark. Run time 3hrs. 

1:00
$24/ $10 students

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MET Live in HD: Rusalka

Saturday, Feb. 25

Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.
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 Jim Pugh.

1:00 
$24/ $10 students

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MET Live in HD: La Traviata

Saturday, Mar 11

Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
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. Run time approx. 2.30.

1:00 
$24/ $10 students

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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.  

1:00 
$24/ $10 students

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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 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Douglas Anderson. Tentative run time 3.40

12:30
$24/ $10 students

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