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Summer Theater – A Vermont Tradition

by Linda Warner

Theater_masksWhether you come to Vermont in summer for the beauty of the mountains or the endless outdoor activities, take some time during your visit to enjoy a Vermont staple – summer theater. You’ll find Broadway classics, contemporary plays, and works from up-and-coming playwrights. Famous  TV and stage performers play opposite acclaimed local talent. The settings in small Vermont villages take you back to a simpler time and promise an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Theater_DorsetIn southern Vermont, you have a number of excellent choices beginning with the Dorset Theatre Festival in the quaint village of Dorset. This year’s theater season, the 41st, brings you four main stage productions as well as a new Pipeline Series of four one-night only presentations of works in progress.

Theater_WestonAlso in southern Vermont is the Weston Playhouse in the town of Weston. The Weston offers Broadway-caliber theater at manageable prices. Offering two stages, this summer’s line-up totals eight distinct performances including the classic, “Our Town.”

Theater_OldcastleOldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington is also in the southern part of the state and offers five very different works for this, their 47th season. These works encompass “history, silliness, Cole Porter, mathematical genius, comedy, George Washington, new works, Herman Melville, a Nobel Prize, mystery, a Pulitzer Prize, music, Ethan Allen, America’s greatest drama, the Civil War, Ben Franklin and the Tony Award for Best Play,” states the theater’s website.

Theater_LostNFurther north in Montpelier, you will find Lost Nation Theater. According to the theater’s website a typical season will include “one original production, a small cast, cabaret-style musical, a balanced mix of lighter and darker dramas and comedies.” This summer there are six performances including “Seussical,” the wonderful kid’s musical on August 10-12.

Theater_StoweIn the Stowe area, you might want to take in one of the Stowe Theatre Guild productions with musicals like “Gypsy” or drama like “The Bridges of Madison County.”  (If you’re in Stowe to see the foliage in October, don’t miss “The Odd Couple -female version” beginning October 3.)

This is by far not a complete list of everything happening in Vermont theater this summer.  There are some outstanding community theater productions as well as performances specifically for kids. You can check the Calendar of Events for additional performances and entertainments. And don’t forget to check dining options before you head to the theater.

For more information:
Dorset Theatre Festival
Weston Playhouse
Oldcastle Theatre Company
Lost Nation Theater
Stowe Theatre Guild


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