Oldcastle prepares to enter new phase in the downtownBy Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 19,2013BENNINGTON — After a single show staged in December, the Oldcastle Theatre Company is about to kick off its first real season at its new Main Street home Friday with the opening performance of “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Eric Peterson, producing artistic director and the director of “Around the World,” said it’s an exciting time for the theater company because of the show, the new season and other events that Oldcastle is planning to take advantage of their home in the heart of the downtown which include concerts and children’s theater.
“Our goal is that, in addition to our productions each year, we will present up to 50 other events. ... I think people will be excited. It will mean that this building will be very busy and it will mean that many, many nights this year, something in the neighborhood of 160 to 175 nights this year, there will be something going on in this building for the public,” he said.
Oldcastle was formerly located at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Route 9 but moved to a Main Street site, once used by the Knights of Columbus, last year. The company staged a new play, “Northern Boulevard,” in December because Peterson said he didn’t want a whole calendar year to pass without an Oldcastle production, but the theater “went dark” for the last few months so the building could be converted to its new use.
By Friday, workers should be finished with the lobby, Peterson said. After “Around the World,” the theater will stay dormant for a few more weeks to finish making changes that will make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and then productions will run through the year.
Upcoming productions include “Other People’s Money,” plays about Sherlock Holmes and painter Grandma Moses and a summer return for “Northern Boulevard” with new songs.
Peterson said he was pleased with the work done on the building.
“It’s much more open. It’s new carpeting, it’s a new paint job, it’s new plastered walls. We think it looks sensational,” he said.
Of course, an impressive theater is only a showcase for the performances. Peterson said audience members were in for a treat with “Around the World,” which runs through April 7.
“It’s a wonderful, funny, adventurous show. We’ve had a great deal of fun with it and learning about Jules Verne’s original,” he said.
Peterson said one of the things that will make the show a fun experience is that it takes advantage of being a theatrical production by offering things that audiences can’t get from television or movies. There are five actors in the show and they play almost 40 different characters.
“The changes in characters are so rapid that (the actors) have to do it with a hat or a coat or a beard that’s suddenly put on and, boom, they’re a different person. I think that’s always fun for actors and always fun for audiences. ... If in television or film, an actor plays lots of roles it becomes all about make-up and on stage it has to happen very, very rapidly so it has to be done with the actor’s talent,” he said.
The characters are also larger-than-life, which Peterson said is fun for actors to play, and the play is an adventure with humor.
More information about Oldcastle’s schedule is available on the website where tickets can also be purchased at www.oldcastletheatre.org.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMORE IN Southern VermontBENNINGTON — A Pownal man is facing seven misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after police said... Full StoryA Townshend woman charged with the murder of her former fiance and his son claimed in court... Full StoryBENNINGTON — A Pownal woman is facing several criminal charges, including two felonies, after... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.