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In the Jackson Gallery

Eleventh Annual Holiday Show of Original Works by Local Artists

The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand printed art, fine crafts and jewelry.  This exhibition will feature twenty-five regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. All have been recognized for their individual approaches to design and image. On exhibit through December 31.

Calendar of Events

Met Live in HD: La Traviata (New Production)

Saturday, Dec.  15   

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo. 212 minutes. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Scott Morrison in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24  plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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Night Fires

A mystery play, a winter solstice pageant for our own times – rife with magic, beauty, humor and even tears. An intricate web of music, song, dance and story.
Pre-show singing begins 20 minutes prior to the show. 

Dec. 21 at 7:30
Dec. 22 at 3pm and 7:30
Dec. 23 at 3pm

$25 general admission plus fees / $21 seniors plus fees/ $20 students plus fees

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a note about bringing young children: EVERYONE is welcome at Night Fires, and  young ones frequently  love it. Night Fires, however, is not a “kids show” and occasionally includes material considered to be “mature” in nature

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.

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New Year’s Eve Dance Party with The Horse Traders

Monday, Dec. 31

5-4-3-2-1- Happy New Year! Say goodbye to 2018 as Middlebury’s upbeat rock/ pop band takes the stage to rock New Year’s Eve. It’s a dance party where everyone’s welcome to come boogie down, so bring your sister, your brother and your mama too.  There’s a cash bar as well as a champagne toast at midnight on the grand THT steps for those 21 and over.

Veteran performers with a wide and rollicking repertoire, the Horse Traders have lit up just about every Addison County venue in recent years. Their music ranges from modern pop and oldies to classic rock, soul and country, from artists like the Pretenders, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Pink, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Meghan Trainor, Neil Young, 4 Non Blondes and many many more.

The band includes Deb Brisson on vocals, keyboards and percussion; Jon Rooney, vocals and guitar; Rick Marshall, guitar, mandolin and harmonica; Mark Pelletier, bass and vocals; and John Wallace, drums.

House opens at 8pm, the band kicks in at 8:30 
$15/ $18 at the door plus fees

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Met Live in HD: Adriana Lecouvreur

Saturday, Jan. 12

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.” Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Richard Marshak in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Sunday, Jan. 13*

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, in this true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack, played by Richard E. Grant. Adapted lovingly by director Marielle Heller from Israel’s memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the film showcases McCarthy’s restrained but beautiful performance.
* this film was originally scheduled for Dec. 14, 2018

2pm
$13 plus fees
$75
 plus fees for a Season Pass for all 7 films

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Sunday in the Park with George

Middlebury College J-Term Musical

Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is the selection for this year’s much-awaited “J-term musical” – the annual collaboration between Town Hall Theater and the Middlebury College Department of Music.  Douglas Anderson directs a talented group of college students in this fascinating study of Georges Seurat and the creation of his famous painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”.  The musical is a moving exploration of the artist process, in this case Seurat’s invention of pointillism and the creation of an entirely new way of seeing art.  Carol Christensen is the musical director.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 9 at 8 am at the THT Box Office.

Friday, January 25  7:30
Saturday January 26  7:30
Sunday January 27  2:00
Monday January 28  7:30

General public: $20 plus fees, Faculty/Staff: $15 plus fees, Students: $6 plus fees

Met Live in HD: Carmen

Saturday, Feb. 2

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. Yonghoon Lee, closely associated with Opera Company of Middlebury, sings Don José in the November performances. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Jim Pugh in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students 
plus fees

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Young Picasso

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 13

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time–and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years–the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?

Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years.

The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods–the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period–the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Dar Williams

Friday, Feb. 15

As an accomplished American singer-songwriter, author, educator and pop folk artist, Dar Williams’ work is engaging, collaborative, personal and passionate.  Dar hearkens back to the 70’s, to the dawn of FM Radio and evokes a then nascent love of music.  For Dar Williams, there really is no separating her life from her worldview. And in the face of a shifting world, she is more aware than ever of the power this approach can create. 

7:30
$49 Orchestra plus fees / $39 Balcony plus fees

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What They Had (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Sunday, Feb. 17

In this potent and touching drama, Bridget returns home at her brother Nick’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s stubborn reluctance to let go of their life together. Featuring exceptional performances from Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster, director Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature is very sure handed.

2pm
$13 
plus fees
$75 
plus fees for a Season Pass for all 7 films

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Met Live in HD: La Fille Du Régiment

Saturday, Mar. 2

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Richard Marshak in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24  plus fees
$10 students 
plus fees

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Sickert vs. Sargent

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 6

Sickert vs. Sargent brings to life two of the biggest characters in modern British art: Walter Sickert–the gruff, aggressive man-of-the-people–and John Singer Sargent–the urbane and charming dandy. The film focuses on some of the most beautiful and alarming paintings ever made in this country, pictures of aristocrats and prostitutes, coronations and killings, opera houses and music halls, and will evoke the long-lost atmosphere of Edwardian London. But above all it will show that from their two outposts in Chelsea and Camden, Sickert and Sargent were waging a war whose legacy still haunts us today. These two larger-than-life immigrants were battling for nothing less than the future soul of British art. Surveying the big names of recent British art Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and their thick paint, ugly aesthetic and proletarian fleshiness, it is clear that it was the master of the kitchen who was victorious. A Film by Waldemar Januszczak.

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

Chef Flynn (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Sunday, Mar. 17

Ten-year-old Flynn McGarry, child cooking prodigy, transforms his family’s living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. Experiencing rather sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. An absolutely fascinating and entertaining documentary from director Cameron Yates.

2pm
$13
 plus fees
$75 
plus fees for a Season Pass for all 7 films

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Met Live in HD: Die Walküre

Saturday, Mar. 30

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Pre-performance talk at 11:15 pm will be given by Greg Vitercik in the Studio downstairs.

12pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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The Michelangelo Code: Lost Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 17

This is the definitive film about the Sistine Ceiling, full of exclusive new footage of the worlds greatest art work, shot specially for this project.

It’s the largest painting in the world, the most ambitious and the most famous. But the hidden meaning of Michelangelo’s masterpiece has eluded 500 years of investigation and speculation. Now Waldemar Januszczak has finally discovered what the great painting is really trying to tell us, and the results will amaze you.

Granted unparalleled access to the Sistine Chapel by the Vatican, Januszczak works out the secret code that Michelangelo had hidden in the ceiling, overturns the myths surrounding the masterpiece, and presents an exciting new theory that involves the Branch Davidians of Waco, two della Rovere Popes, a Vatican spin doctor and an intensely religious artist by the name of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

“Fascinating from start to finish” – Daily Telegraph
“This is an incredible programme…you’ll never look at Michelangelo’s work in the same way again” – Radio Times
“This astonishing film tells us the true meaning of his masterpiece” – TV Times

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Museo (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Thursday, Apr. 18 

On a fateful Christmas Eve in Mexico City, two unremarkable men decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history. The magnitude of the theft exceeds the amateur thieves’ expectations, and by the very next morning they realize, too late, the full scope and implications of their actions. Inspired by true events, and shot on never-before filmed locations in Mexico, Museo is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it. Directed by Alonzo Ruizpalacios, this spectacular drama was the winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

7pm
$13 plus fees
$75
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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 8

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life–from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age–has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. 

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Wildlife (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Friday, May 10

In 1960s small town Montana, a 14 year old boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his golf pro father loses his job and leaves to fight fires in the Canadian wilderness. Featuring exquisite performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake GyllenhaalWildlife is an emotionally resonant debut film from Paul Dano.

7pm
$13 
plus fees
$75 
plus fees for a Season Pass for all 7 films

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Met Live in HD: Dialogue Des Carmélites

Sunday, May 12

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Scott Morrison in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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Van Gogh & Japan

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 12

“I envy the Japanese,”  Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based–Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam–one can see why. Though Van Gogh never visited Japan, it is the country that had the greatest influence on him and his art.

In this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art, we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands, but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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