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In the Jackson Gallery

Large Cyanotype  Arbor Series

Line and Shadow:

Cyanotypes and Drawings by Tom Fels

Artists reception Friday, August 14  5 – 7 pm.

On display through September 20.

Works include large cyanotype prints from the Arbor and Catalpa Series from 2011 to 2014, a selection of smaller minimalist drawings from the Linea Series of 2014, and a large drawing from the recent Classics Series. Tom Fels is an artist, curator and writer specializing in the history of photography.

Calendar of Events

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

August 27-30, 2015

The very first Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will kick off its inaugural event this August 27-30. The MNFF is pleased to present its official Festival Schedule, which offers a wide array of parties, panels, and more than 90 films from 15 countries, including Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran. The film and event schedules as well as film trailers are at middfilmfest.org.

The MNFF will screen films at three screening venues throughout town: the Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium, and the Town Hall Theater which will also function as the Festival’s main Box Office. More than 25 filmmakers will attend and answer questions about their work following screenings, and will also be available to meet filmgoers at a variety of pop-up locations around Middlebury. The Festival will offer a variety of parties throughout the weekend, including the open-to-everyone Saturday Night Community Party from 7-10:30pm with live music on the Town Green, as well as several food trucks and beverage tents.

The MNFF celebrates the work of emerging voices in filmmaking, and is dedicated entirely t0 filmmakers who have created within the past two years either their first or second feature film or first or second short film. The firm commitment at the MNFF is to offer a level playing field to new filmmakers, to give audiences throughout the region an opportunity to discover fresh and engaging talent and to give filmmakers a chance to be discovered in a setting that is all about their work.

To learn more, follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All links are available on the Festival website.
 

Opening Night Film and Party BUY NOW
Festival Pass $75/ $50 students BUY NOW
Day Pass $28/ $20 students BUY NOW
Per Show $11 at venue only. Individual tickets will be sold beginning at 10:00am on Friday, and before each screening block at the respective venue.  

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MARTÍN PRECHTEL: TALK, BOOK READING AND SIGNING

Wednesday, September 9th

 Martín Prechtel, internationally known author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Long Life, Honey in the Heart, The Unlikely Peace at Cuchamaquic, etc.will be reading from his new book, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise

 In the book Prechtel shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise— how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for life. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone, and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, “Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.”

Prechtel, a leading thinker, writer and teacher in the search for the Indigenous soul in all people,  explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing.

At base, his “little book,” as the author calls it, can be seen as a companion of encouragement, a little extra light for those deep and noble parts that inhabit us all.

After the talk and reading, Martín will sign copies of his book. 

Martin Prechtel’s book is beautifully written and wise…he offers stories that are precious and life-sustaining. Read carefully, and listen deeply.”

-Mary Oliver author of countless volumes of poetry including White Pine, Winter Hours, Blue Pastures, West Wind, Why I Wake Early

7:30 PM.

$10 Tickets available at the door only.

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Loudon Wainwright III

Friday, September 11

After Dark Music Series 

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and two previous Grammy nominations for “I’m Alright”, 1985 and “More Love Songs”, 1986. His 2012 recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. And in 2014, “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)” — or HGTB(Y), for short — marks his the 26th career release to-date. Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

Visit his website for more information: Loudon Wainwright III

8pm
$35 advance, $40 at the door

TICKETS ON SALE AT:
Main Street Stationery, Middlebury, Vermont 
or
Mail to: After Dark Music Series
P.O. Box 684 
Middlebury, VT 05753

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Accepting Donations for The Fabulous Flea Market

Town Hall Theater is accepting your donations of antiques, jewelry, small oriental carpets, nice pottery, signed and framed art, sterling, folk art, collectibles and nice things on Friday and Saturday from 9am til noon on September 4, 5, 11, and 12. Please bring your donations to the front entrance of the theater.
Items are to be sold to benefit the theater at The Fabulous Flea Market, which will be held on Saturday, September 19th.

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The Last Five Years- a musical

THT at Flynn Space in Burlington, VT
Thursday, September 17

A musical by Jason Robert Brown
Starring Mike McCann and Kim Anderson

Directed by Douglas Anderson

Thought by many to be one of the best musicals written in last 20 years, Brown’s brilliant score captures the joy, the humor, and the devastating emotions of a failed relationship.  Director Doug Anderson hand-picked two of his favorite actors to star in this demanding two-character piece:  Kim Anderson, who starred at THT in Funny Girl,  and Middlebury College graduate Mike McCann, who starred here recently as Javert in Les Misérables and Father in Ragtime.   A one-of-a-kind musical showcasing two of Town Hall Theater’s best performers. 

8 pm
$20

 

BUY TICKETS Note: this link will take you to the Flynn Box Office, not the regular THT ticketing site. It’s okay- the show’s in Flynn Space. 

 For information on parking and directions at Flynn Space, click HERE.

Flea Market Crowd

THT’s Fabulous Flea Market 2015

Saturday, September 19

Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater has gained a reputation for exciting productions of plays, musicals and operas.  But the show that draws the largest crowd every year is the annual flea market and antiques sale, The Fabulous Flea Market, which is coming to the theater on Saturday, September 19, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Over 25 vendors will offer antiques, ephemera, jewelry and collectibles.  Admission is free.

Town Hall Theater also presents its own booths with a wide array of  donated items, including antiques, nearly new items, jewelry, art, and what-have-you.  Income from the THT booths goes to support THT performances.  Donations are welcome, so if you have something old and/or valuable that you’d like to donate, call 802-388-1436.

9am-2pm
Free

 

Peter and John

Peter and John

directed by Jay Craven

Friday, September 25

Starring 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset, Jay Craven’s new seaside film drama, Peter and John will make its Middlebury debut at Town Hall Theater. Peter and John is based on the 19th century novel Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant and is set in 1872 Nantucket, during the island’s “ghost period”— after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War. The film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives news of an unexpected inheritance—and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on their island.

Maupassant’s novel was widely credited for helping to change the course of narrative fiction through its detailed psychological characterizations. Tolstoy and Nabokov both cited the novel as an influence. In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh cited Maupassant for the visual power of the novel’s detailed seaside setting. Henry James wrote, “Monsieur de Maupassant has never before been so clever” and he called Pierre et Jean a “masterly little novel” for its potent themes of family, status, self-discovery and the lengths to which someone will go to reveal or suppress the truth.

7pm
$12 adults/ $10 seniors/ $5 students

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Il Trovatore

The MET’s Il Trovatore

Live in HD on the THT BIG SCREEN
Saturday, October 3 

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee will sing in his first Met Opera HD broadcast in the lead role of Manrico.  Mr. Lee starred in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s first two productions here in Town Hall Theater.  He returned in 2013 to celebrate OCM’s 10th anniversary.  Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Angela Meade sings Leonora in later performances. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. This is sure to be a thriller!

1 pm
$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:07

There will be a free pre-show talk by Scott Morrison at 12:15 downstairs in the Byers studio. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. 

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Hamlet

NT Live: Hamlet

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Thursday, October 15

Broadcast live from The National Theatre, Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

2pm Live Broadcast
7pm Re-Broadcast

$17/ $10 Students Reserved Seating 
Approximate Run Time: 3hrs

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The MET’s Otello

Live in HD on the THT BIG SCREEN
Saturday, October 17

The Met season opens with Verdi’s masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. 

1 pm

$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:27

There will be a free pre-show talk by David Clark at 12:15 downstairs in the Byers studio. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury.

At intermission, Christine Hadsel will sign copies of her latest book Suspended Worlds, a beautifully designed coffee table book about historic theater curtains in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Suspended Worlds will be for sale at the theater. 

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Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas

Opera Company of Middlebury

October 16- 18

Directed by Douglas Anderson with Dr. Jeffrey Buettner as music director.

Dido, the Queen of Carthage, entertains the shipwrecked Trojan Prince Aeneas, who escaped from the destroyed city of Troy and was on his way to found a new one.

Dido and Aeneas fall in love. Witches plot Dido’s destruction and the Sorceress conjures a storm to break out when the royal couple are hunting. The storm duly arrives and one of the coven, impersonating the god Mercury, tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas is bound by Trojan custom to follow the command of a god, so he and his sailors leave, to the delight of the witches.

After Aeneas departs Dido kills herself and her death is lamented by mourning cupids.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 
7 pm – Pre-performance talk at the Memorial Baptist Church
8 pm – Dido and Aeneas Opening Night with Q & A with the cast following the performance and a champagne reception at Town Hall Theater

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
7 pm – Pre-performance talk at Memorial Baptist Church
8 pm – Dido and Aeneas with a Q & A with the cast following the performance 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
1 pm – Pre-performance talk Memorial Baptist Church
2 pm – Dido and Aeneas with a Q & A with the cast following the performance 

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Tannhauser

The MET’s Tannhäuser

Live in HD on the THT BIG SCREEN 
Saturday, October 31 

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

12 noon
$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 4:31

There will be a free pre-show talk by Jim Pugh at 11:15 downstairs in the Byers studio. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. 

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Skylight: Nighy and Mulligan

NT Live: Skylight

Rebroadcast from The National Theatre

Wednesday, November 11

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live in London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).

Skylight is directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience with Helen Mirren, which was also broadcast to cinemas by National Theatre Live.

Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play. In 2015, Skylight won an Olivier Award for Best Revival. Skylight then transferred to Broadway, earning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

7pm
$17/ $10 Students Reserved Seating
Run Time is approximately 2hrs, 45 mins. 

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Lulu

The MET’s Lulu

Live in HD on the THT BIG SCREEN 
Saturday, November 21

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

12:30 pm
$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 4:27

There will be a free pre-show talk by Greg Vitercik at 11:45 downstairs in the Byers studio. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. 

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MET Opera Live in HD 2015/ 2016

Tickets On Sale Now!

 

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Saturdays at THT

October 3, 2015 – IL TROVATORE (Verdi)
Tentative run time: 3:07
Start time: 12:55 PM

October 17 – OTELLO (Verdi)
Tentative run time: 3:27
Start time: 12:55 PM

October 31 – TANNHÄUSER (Wagner)
Tentative run time: 4:31
Start time: 12 PM

November 21 – LULU (Berg) – New Production
Tentative run time: 4:27
Start time: 12:30 PM

January 16, 2016 – LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (Bizet)
Tentative run time: 2:54
Start time: 12:55 PM

January 30 – TURANDOT (Puccini)
Tentative run time: 3:35
Start time: 12:55 PM

March 5 – MANON LESCAUT (Puccini)
Tentative run time: 3:33
Start time: 12:55 PM

April 2 – MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini)
Tentative run time: 3:48
Start time: 12:55 PM EDT

April 16 – ROBERTO DEVEREUX (Donizetti) – New Production
Tentative run time: 3:11
Start time: 12:55 PM

April 30 – ELEKTRA (R. Strauss) – New Production
Tentative run time: 2:10
Start time: 12:55 PM

Approximate HD runtime: 3:46 (226 minutes)