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Out & About: ‘Point of View’ includes dance, music, theater

  • Flock Dance Troupe founder Carol Langstaff, of Sharon, Vt., takes notes during a rehearsal of “Creations” at Langstaff’s barn in Sharon on July 17, 2018. Their July 21 performance will be the last for Langstaff, who started the group in 1999. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News file photograph— Geoff Hansen

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2021 9:04:53 PM
Modified: 7/14/2021 9:04:57 PM

SHARON — When Carol Langstaff was ready to return to producing, she turned to her family.

“I’ve felt a need to get live art back in the world,” said Langstaff, the longtime leader of the Flock Dance Troupe, which had its last performance in 2018. “I just wanted to jump on this and a lot of my family is involved, which made it easy to kind of produce the whole thing.”

The result is “Point of View,” three different dance, music and theater performances that take place at 6 p.m. Saturday (rain date Sunday) at Star Mountain, 139 Star Mountain Road, Sharon. While the performance is free, a $10 donation is suggested.

Reservations are required by calling 802-765-4454, carolang@aol.com or eventbrite.com/e/point-of-view-tickets-157853992541.

“I had this beautiful place that’s used to having performances and we know how to do it and I felt an urge to have this happen,” Langstaff said. “I like the idea of presenting three different styles, art forms, of art offerings.”

The dance production, “Arboreal Duet,” will be performed in the orchard by Natalie Junio-Thompson and Lucia Gagliardone, who performed in many Flock productions and staged her own choreographed show at Star Mountain last August.

“Her work is really good and I wanted to showcase one of hers that’s an orchard piece,” Langstaff said. “Lucia is kind of family because she grew up in Flock since she was little.”

Langstaff’s daughter, Sarah Cantor, will play the recorders as a member of the trio Halcyon, which includes Chris Rua on recorders and viola, and Jesse Lepkoff on flute and recorder. They will perform five pieces in the property’s barn.

“That’s a nice place for music,” Langstaff said. “The other musicians have played together. They’re all Vermonters. I think that was ideal and they could just tuck in the barn.”

Langstaff’s sister, Caitlin Langstaff, wrote and directed the theater piece “Viewpoint,” which was inspired by the song Point of View, written by Langstaff’s husband, Jim Rooney, who also performs in the play along with her son-in-law, Jason Schumacher. Langstaff’s daughter, Sonya Schumacher, is the production manager for the show.

“It was fun to put my husband in the piece,” Langstaff said. “He’s a musician, but he has a nice ability to act, too.”

Her nephew, Jack Langstaff, and grandson, Nason Schumacher, are also in the show. It is the first time Langstaff has had so many family members — many of whom spent time in Vermont during the COVID-19 pandemic — participate in a production since they were in Revels.

“When my kids were little they were all in it in various ways, but this is the first time I’ve performed with so many as adults,” Langstaff said. “In the past, sometimes my husband and I would sing together, but this is very different.”

She described Star Mountain as a “magical setting,” citing the history the land holds. Neighbors helped her first husband build and raise the barn. She said it is great to be producing again. “I feel again that I’m giving the land a voice and people walk around between stations and kind of feel a little woods and feel the orchard and kind of just feel the place,” Langstaff said. She has lived in the area for over 50 years and hopes the people who attend the production experience “a little shift in their beings.”

“When I experience art that moves me I come away changed and maybe strive to go a new direction or shift,” Langstaff said. “The point of view, the viewpoint piece on the porch has a little ... message or teaching a little bit so that’s one thing. And the music, you hear it and your heart can expand and the dance is just uplifting so much. It really grounds you at the same time as it lifts your spirit and grounds you with the trees.”

Since Flock ended, Langstaff has been composing music and taking photographs, often combining the two. She doesn’t have any other productions in the works, but she is open to the possibility.

“I have ideas lurking in the back of my mind, but I don’t know,” Langstaff said. “We’ll see how this goes and I’m sure something will happen here again.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.




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