Arts / Theater / Dance

Music director Andrea Grody, left, embraces director and actress Carol Dunne at the conclusion of the last performance of "Songs for a New World" at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vt., on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Sunday's performance was the last Northern Stage production to be held at Briggs Opera House. Next season's shows will be held at the newly constructed Barrette Center for the Arts on Gates Street in White River Junction.(Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Curtain Closes on an Era: Northern Stage Bows Out of Briggs Opera House

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fifteen minutes before curtain Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, the call came through a dim backstage corridor. “Last show,” a male voice said. “Last show.” It was an evening of “lasts.” The last performance of the last show of the 2014-2015 Northern Stage season, and the last performance by Northern Stage in Briggs Opera House, …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, as part of a collaboration with southern Vermont’s Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, according …

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, Songs That Trace Life’s Journey

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It isn’t more than a few minutes into Northern Stage’s production of Songs for a New World that the White River Junction theater company’s own new world emerges as a theme. “A new world calls across the ocean,” one of the singers intones, and this refrain is a reminder that Northern Stage is taking its own leap, albeit just across Gates Street, to …

Entertainment Highlights: The Return of Vaudeville in Vermont

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It didn’t take long for the residents of Hardwick, Vt., to get behind Vermont Vaudeville. One of the company’s founders, Brent McCoy, said that could be because the troupe’s four founding members made sure to bring professional entertainers …

The Long and Short of It: Parish Players Tell Tales in 10 Minutes

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Credit the Internet. In eight years of staging its Ten Minute Play Festival, the Parish Players have received submissions from writers from all over the world, including Singapore and Australia. For this year’s slate, said director Dorothy Gannon, the readers sifted through 90 submissions to arrive at the …

‘Fox on the Fairway’ Gamely Aims for A Laugh a Minute

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fox on the Fairway , written by playwright Ken Ludwig, recalls the wacky, many-jokes-per-minute nuttiness of classic British farce. There are a handful of doors on stage, and the play wastes no time having an actor leave through one while a different actor, searching for the first, …

‘Freud’s Last Session’ Takes on Big Questions

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It has been hard to so much as glance at the Internet this week without running into news of a debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, a scientist supporting evolution and an ardent creationist, respectively. Most people seem to feel that Ham, who interprets the book of …

Aya Itagaki: A Life in Motion; AVA Artist Taught by Example

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Aya Itagaki was at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, rehearsing with Flock Dance Troupe for a performance early next month. It was a snowy day, and while many of her …

‘Hospital’ Looks at the ‘Mystery’ of Our Health Care System

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles takes up 50 square blocks of real estate, with a population of some 8,000 who live in low-income housing or hotels, and 4,000 who are transient. It’s the single largest concentration of …

Entertainment Highlights: A Tradition Revived with Shadow Puppetry

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Only about a dozen people are native speakers of the language of the Aynu, indigenous Japanese people who settled on one of the country’s islands thousands of years ago. It wasn’t until 2008 that the Japanese government officially …

Puppets Tell the True Story

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In Ria Blaas’ and Suzanne Lupien’s version of the Nativity story, a very pregnant Mary persuades Joseph to stop for fast food on the way to Bethlehem. Jesus is born in a recyclable manger. Mary worries about paying …

The Revels Continue the Tradition

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Seven years ago, Maureen Burford took over as artistic director of Revels North. Her first shot at the Upper Valley’s venerable, annual Christmas Revels show had an Appalachian music theme. For Burford, the six Revels shows that will …

Northern Stage Director Says It’s Time to Build a Theater

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Before performances of Twelve Angry Men, the first production of Northern Stage’s season, Carol Dunne stood up and introduced herself to audiences: “I’m Carol Dunne, and I’m your new artistic director.” She gave a brief account of herself, …