Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Jonny Flood and John Hadden
Sponsored by The Brattleboro Retreat and Brattleboro Savings and Loan
Performances: October 9-18
Fridays, October 9 and 16 at 7pm, Saturdays, October 10 and 17 at2pm and 7pm, Sundays, October 11 and 18 at 2pm
Tickets: Adult $ 13, Student 10$, Senior 12$
As an artistic team (actors, directors, designers, builders, marketers, everybody that helps this show take flight), we will do our best to make the strangely artificial American world of Our Town feel like a place we know well, not so much in the day-to-day realities of our towns, but in the places we inhabit when we drift off to sleep, in the towns we live in when we drea. In that world, normal things are magical and toy-like, and sometimes they are not all there at all, but only suggested by a color or a gesture, and sometimes they are unreliable. Sometimes a building turns into a cat; sometimes a chair is really a grave. The play's author, Thornton Wilder, looks at this town (Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, 1901-1913) as if from a great distance, as if from a different universe, but he loves the every-day qualities of it––the old New England accent, the train times, the way a great ball-player can become a very ordinary person, the way two young people can fall in love at a soda fountain in a moment that will alter the whole complexion of everything we know. And then end, without very much mention or fuss. The town has all kinds of characters, of all ages and responsibilities, who are well-suited to be played by young people, through whose eyes the adult world is very serious but not quite real. Come see this American classic through the fresh perspective of young New England actors!
Written and directed by Stephen Stearns and Doran Hamm
Sponsored by Prentiss Smith & Co.
Performances: October 30-November 8
Friday, October 30 at 7pm
Saturday, October 31 at 2pm (no evening performance on Halloween)
Sunday, November 1 at 2pm
Friday, November 6 at 7pm
Saturday, November 7 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, November 8 at 2pm
Tickets: Adult $ 10, Student 9$, Senior 9$
Clown Town is an original clown show, inspired, in part, by “Downton Abby”, “Faulty Towers”, “Mr. Bean”, “The Pink Panther”, “Charlie Chaplin”, “The Marx Brothers”, and many more of the world’s past and present masters of comedy. Perhaps it should be called “Clownton Abby”, in that it will have a royal family and all sorts of butlers and maids and cooks and footmen, all clowns of various shapes and sizes and persuasions.
In the clown world, as in the real world, there is a “pecking order”, “Top Banana-Boss Clown”, right on down to “Bottom Banana, the fool or klutz clown”. Orders go down the line, from boss the servants, while complaints and mistakes go up the line from the klutz to the boss. Each actor will have a distinct role to play and a distinct, personally inspired costume to play it in. The set will be designed to offer ample opportunity for mistakes and ridiculous situations; perhaps a revolving door, similar to Charlie Chaplin’s “Murphy Bed”, or a dumb waiter which yields anything but ordinary food. The play will be written from carefully structured situations where the actors twist the ordinary and mundane into the hilariously bizarre. What is sure is that, no matter what happens in the crazy “Clownton” Estate, all of the clown characters will fail magnificently, bounce right up and keep on going as if they meant to have, even wanted the “pie in the face”.
Wizard of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg , Background Music by Herbert Stothart, Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard , Orchestration by Larry Wilcox, Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Directed by Hallie Flower
Sponsored by Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, The Winston Prouty Center and Integrated Solar.