Central Vermont Arts Preview

Scott Weigand stars as Herbie, alongside Jennifer Warwick as the iconic stage mother, Rose, in Stowe Theatre Guild's production of "Gypsy" June 13-30. (Photo by Adam Silverman Photography)

A family ‘Gypsy’ STOWE – “Gypsy,” the classic Broadway "musical fable" by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, is about a famous stripper, yes. But it's also about family — specifically, domineering stage mother Rose and her two daughters, June and Louise. So it's fitting that Stowe Theatre Guild's upcoming production of "Gypsy" is also about family. Make that families. Four of them. Seven-year-old Ryley Earle is appearing in her first play (as Balloon Girl and News Kid). Her older sister Barley, 10, is also in the show (as "Tap-Dancing Kid" and "News Kid"). The girls' mother, Abby Earle plays Miss Cratchitt and, fittingly, a stage mom, in "Gypsy." The Earle family lives in Eden and is participating with Stowe Theatre Guild for the first time. Scott Weigand, on the other hand, has been involved with Stowe shows as both an actor and a director. He plays the featured role of Herbie. But what makes "Gypsy" special for Scott is the chance to be in a show with his daughter Lily. Lily, 8, will play a News Kid and a rich girl in her first show with Stowe Theatre Guild. Scott and Lily live in Waterbury Center. For music director Becky Millard and her husband, Roya Millard, doing a show together is nothing new. They have worked on plays, musicals and burlesque shows together at Essex Community Players, Lamoille County Players and Green Mountain Cabaret. While Becky is conducting off-stage, Roya will be on-stage as Uncle Jocko and other roles. The Millards live in Montpelier. "Gypsy" runs June 13-30. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays at the Town Hall Theater, upstairs in the Akeley Memorial Building at 67 Main St. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students, $14 for 12 and younger; go online to www.stowetheatre.com.   ‘Day of Dance’ BURLINGTON – Come delight in the magic of “Traces: A Public Dance Happening,” presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 16. Experience a full day of free outdoor dance performances happening downtown. The day will feature 15 dance pieces by dance artists from throughout the state, ranging from improvisation to contemporary to hip hop to ballet (and more). Begin your “Day of Dance” experience at the Church Street Market Place in front of Burlington City Arts anytime. There you can meet artist members of Vermont Dance Alliance, pick up a performance map of the event, and be on your way. All performances will take place outdoors from until 5:45 p.m. Then join everyone at Skinny Pancake at 6 p.m. for refreshments and celebration. If you are interested in dancing, join the Urban Dance Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. To kick off “Traces,” participants will practice moving together, with the environment, with other people, some contact improvisation, some dance activism, led by VDA member Alison Mott. It starts at the top of Church Street; arrive by 9:45 a.m. Admission is free; for information, go online to www.vermontdance.org.   ‘Reclamation’ STOWE – The national conversation, sparked by the #MeToo movement, has the potential to change all segments of society, including the art world. “Reclamation /ˌrekləˈmāSH(ə)n/” promises to help move that conversation forward. The group art exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, and runs through Sept. 8 at the Helen Day Art Center. The project includes artist talks and panel discussions as well as a series of TED-style talks on women and power at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Aug. 4. The work in this exhibit will reflect extraordinary mastery of a most difficult artistic undertaking, figurative painting.  In the words of artist Colleen Barry, “The figurative art form is the highest and most challenging of all art forms, as well as the most intellectually probing.” The show will feature contemporary figurative artists in the U.S. and Great Britain, including Hung Lui, Margaret Bowland, Aleah Chapin, Lee Price, Colleen Barry, Dominique Medici, Nancy Hollinghurst, Jenny Dubnau, Candice Chanovec, Ellen Cooper, Kyrin Hobson, Katie O’Hagan, Karen Offutt, Sylvia Maier, Daryl Zang and Erin Anderson. The exhibition will also include two Alice Neel lithographs as homage to one of the most famous American figurative painters of the last century. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; call 802-253-8358, or go online to www.helenday.com.   Storyteller Simon Brooks HARDWICK – Storyteller Simon Brooks is celebrating the publication of his first book, “Under the Oaken Bough,: a collection of his favorite folk and fairy tales retold in his own style. Brooks will share some of these stories at the Jeudevine Library at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9th, at 10 a.m. The Galaxy Bookshop will have copies of Under the Oaken Bough for sale at this event. The British storyteller was raised on stories and taken to the places where these stories began. Ancient hills, standing stones, and castles were Briiks’ upbringing. As a master storyteller, he has engaged and transfixed with his performances all over New England. He has taught and performed at libraries, schools, colleges, festivals, camps and at museums. He is popular with kids, being so kid-like himself. Admission is free; for information, call 472-5533 or 472-5948, or go online to https://galaxybookshop.com. The Jeudevine Library is located at 93 N. Main St.   ‘Pride @ Prejudice’? BRADFORD – Old Church Theater opens its 2018 season with a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel titled “Pride @ Prejudice” by Daniel Kramer June 1st with shows over two weekends. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. The slightly different title of this play hints at how this adaptation throws a bit of the 21st century into the 19th century classic. Director Gloria Heidenreich says that the play stays true to Austen’s classic while its comedy and intervening scenes keep the story moving, utilizing authentic costumes. The entire story is played by only five actors who take on all the famous roles. This production also introduces Old Church Theater’s new but temporary theater at 176 Waits River Road, just past Farmway, as the group embarks on a three-year quest to restore “the old church” on North Main Street into a year-round performing arts center. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $6 for students; call 802-222-3322, or go online to www.oldchurchtheater.org.   Vermont poets HARDWICK – The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick welcomes three award-winning Vermont poets for a special reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Neil Shepard of Johnson will be joined by Julia Shipley of Craftsbury, and Martha Zweig of Hardwick, celebrating the recent release of Shepard’s seventh collection, “How It Is: Selected Poems.” All three poets will read from their own published or forthcoming works of poetry. Admission is free; call 802-472-5533 or go online to https://galaxybookshop.com. The Galaxy Bookshop is located at 41 S. Main St.   Costumed figure drawing MORRISVILLE – River Arts presents its “New Costumed Figure Drawing” series this summer 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 13, July 11, and Aug. 8. Every second Wednesday of the month will feature creatively costumed models, while the fourth Wednesday will be traditional poses with a nude model. The first costumed evening will be Japanese themed, followed by 1930s flapper and Shakespearean. There will also be snacks and cash wine bar provided. Come spend three creative summer evenings sipping and sketching. The fee is $10 per session; call 802-888-1261, or go online to www.riverartsvt.org. River Arts is located on 74 Pleasant St.

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