In the Jackson Gallery

Pastel, Pastel, Pastel…

Three Artists and their Pastel Journey

Opening Reception Friday, April 6   5 – 7 pm.

On display through May, 11, 2018. Works by three Middlebury artists who specialize in representational paintings in soft pastel. Each artist is inspired to illustrate the objects and scenes from their daily lives and surroundings with an individual approach to the medium.


Announcing Town Hall Theater’s Executive Director Search


 The historic Town Hall Theater invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director.  Our current executive director, Doug, is moving into the artistic director position. Deadline for applications: Friday, April 27, 2018. For more information on the position and how to apply, please click HERE

Calendar of Events

Swing Dance with the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, Apr. 21

An event to honor Elderly Services/Project Independence

Sound Investment, Middlebury’s swingin’ big band returns to the Town Hall Theater for another sparkling evening!  The joint will be jumpin’ when the party starts at 7:30.   Bring your dancing shoes or just come to enjoy the Sound Investment’s great music. Community swing dance groups will be showing off their moves. This special evening honors the work of Project Independence/Elderly Services. Under the direction of noted jazz musician Dick Forman, Sound Investment is comprised of some of the best Middlebury College musicians.

$12 general/$5 students


The Christians

Middlebury Actors Workshop

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith in America—and the trouble with changing your mind. “…raises probing questions about how and why organized religion can be a divisive, if not abusive, social force…consistently combines formal invention with intellectual inquiry. Mr. Hnath is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” —NY Times

April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30,
April 29 at 2pm
$22/ $12 students


MET Live in HD: Cendrillon

Saturday, April 28

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. 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 2hrs 47mins

$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)


Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion

Friday, May 4

In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.

$18/ $10 ages 12 and under



Middlebury Community Music Center Benefit Concert

Saturday, May 5

 Middlebury Community Music Center celebrates its 4th annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at the Town Hall Theater Saturday, May 5. Students and faculty will perform bluegrass, classical, jazz, and more, sharing lots of great music after a terrific year of learning.  The concert is a fundraiser to support this local nonprofit organization. It is their goal to offer high quality music instruction to all who seek it in the community and to give students access to the life-changing power of music.  Join us for a reception after the performance to celebrate an amazing fourth year! For more information about MCMC visit their website: 

1pm with reception to follow

$10 General Admission/ $20 Generous Admission

photo by David Korman

Heart in the ‘Hood- Mike Sommers

Sunday, May 6

An autobiographical true story from Vermont native Mike Sommers, one of the stars of Netflix’s revolutionary, inclusive series, Sense8

Mike Sommers is back with the sequel to his fish-out-of-water tale, Hick in the ‘Hood.   

Mike Sommers grew up tromping around the Old Fieldhouse and Rec Park in Middlebury; swimming in Lake Dunmore and under the bridge in East Middlebury – Mary Hogan, The Snow Bowl, Silver Lake, MUHS.
Now he lives in a rather rough and tumble inner city neighborhood in Oakland, California… 22nd Street, The ‘Hood! Homelessness, drugs … and he loves it there! Why? How is that?
“Let me explain, or better yet, let me show you,” Mike offers. “22nd Street actually has plenty of things in common with Middlebury – self-reliance, lending a hand, a distrust of fancy titles and looking out for your neighbors.”
HEART in the HOOD was developed by recording interactions that actually happened between Sommers and his neighbors. The 17 different characters he portrays are all based upon people he personally knows and cares deeply for. 

 Through Sommers’ body, voice and harmonica, we hear the words, laugh with the optimism and begin to understand Mike’s neighbors, the misunderstood & beautiful people of 22nd Street! 

“Sense8 has brought many gifts into my life, one of them is Michael Sommers.”
– Lana Wachowski (creator/director The Matrix, Sense8)



The Judge

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Friday, May. 11

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

7:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee



A Streetcar Named Desire- Opera Company of Middlebury

Opera Company of Middlebury – 15th Season

Michael Sakir conducts the OCM orchestra in André Previn’s faithful opera adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, its jazz-inflected score evoking a highly charged New Orleans setting. OCM has assembled an experienced professional cast for this production, which kicks off its 15th season.  Soprano Meredith Lustig sings Blanche, bass-baritone Gregory Gerbrandt is the hotheaded Stanley Kowalski, with soprano Cree Carrico as Blanche’s sister Stella, joined by OCM favorites James Flora as Mitch, Olga Perez Flora as Eunice, Joshua Collier as Steve, Sara Petrocelli as the Mexican Woman, and Cameron Steinmetz as the Young Collector.

“I know I say every year that this is the best cast we’ve ever assembled,” says director Douglas Anderson, “but this company is really special.  Streetcar is based on a famously dramatic play, so we needed to find excellent singers who are also superb, no-holds-barred actors – performers who could star in the play version as well as the opera version.  This will be a gripping evening of music theater.”

“A genuine and wholly accessible hit, one sure to remain in the repertory of the world’s opera companies for a great many years.” (The Wall Street Journal)

 Pre-performance talks are one hour before curtain at the Memorial Baptist Church.  

For more information about the production, visit

Friday, June 1  7:30 pm
Sunday, June 3  2 pm 
Thursday, June 7  7:30 pm
Saturday, June 9  7:30 pm

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



Meet the Singers of A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunday, May 20 

The Opera Company of Middlebury has assembled an extraordinary cast of talented professionals for this season’s production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Society at 2 Duane Court, Middlebury for our annual Meet the Singers reception. Settle back and enjoy the singers perform their favorite arias, then get to know them over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now to be the first to hear our magnificent singers. Appetizers and performance. Cash bar. 

5:00 pm       $35    General Admission



The Ingenious Grant for Playwriting

Increasing Quality Roles for Young Women

Town Hall Theater is offering a $1,000 prize for a new play with several interesting roles for young women. We want to give young actresses the opportunity to be the heroines or villainesses of a variety of stories. The winning play will receive a staged reading at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont with the possibility of a full production in the Fall of 2018.

To be considered, plays must have a young female protagonist and female characters (ages 18 and under) with speaking roles that go beyond the stereotypical girlfriend, daughter or nerdy best friend roles. Older roles and roles for men are welcome, but the story should have a young female protagonist and female supporting characters. Please note that an abundance of female characters does not necessarily guarantee a female protagonist. For our purposes, the main character should be female and it should be her journey we follow. 

Plays can be any genre, but it must be family-friendly or at least rated PG. We’d like to see lady pirates, evildoers, explorers, nerds, adventurers, poets, robots, preachers, goofballs, creatures, etc.- a wide array of roles for young women. We will also not turn away a well-made play set in a school.  Musicals will be considered. We are not accepting adaptations or translations at this time.

Nuts and Bolts:
Plays should have at least a 50 minute run-time.  

Submissions may not have had a previous production. Previous staged readings are fine.
One submission per playwright, please. International playwrights may apply, but we ask that the script be in English. 

Submissions are due June 1, 2018. The winning playwright will be notified September 1, 2018.  Email scripts as a PDF traditional play script formatting and numbered pages. We’d like the first 3 pages to be the following:
1. Contact page with your name, email, address and phone
2. A separate title page
3. A brief synopsis/ character description page.

Submissions will be read “blind”; therefore, we ask that identifying information be kept off every page except the first (see above).

Please email scripts to or mail to
The Ingenious Grant
P.O. Box 128
Middlebury, VT 05753

Playwrights are invited to be a part of the reading or production process. The extent of the playwright’s involvement will be determined by future funding and availability/ interest on the part of the individual playwright.  

Questions? Contact producer Haley Rice at

Gift Certificate

Buy a Town Hall Theater Gift Certificate

Sometimes, you just have no idea what to get your loved ones. Should I give him pants again? Does she really need another soy candle? 
With a Town Hall Theater gift certificate, you can give the gift of a show, or a piece of art, or a class. The best part about a Town Hall Theater gift certificate is that whomever receives it gets to pick how they use it. They can choose from a staggering array of diverse events: live performing arts, live music, broadcasts, comedy, dances. Town Hall has it all. But they can also choose to use it on one of our many classes or a piece of artwork in the Jackson Gallery. 

Be a gift-hero and give them something they’ll love: a Town Hall Theater gift certificate. 

Available online and by calling 802-382-9222.