2018-02-28 / Arts and Entertainment


NTL presents Cat

on a Hot Tin Roof

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, will come to Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will offer a screening of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Tennessee Williams’ 20th-century masterpiece that makes a thrilling revival starring Sienna Miller. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real… and which will win out?

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at bbatickets.com.

Claudia Schmidt

Performs in Putney

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project will present Claudia Schmidt in a special CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion. More than 30 years and 22 albums later, she continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country, mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads and breathtaking originals.

This Next Stage show will mark the release of “Hark the Dark,” Schmidt's 22nd recording in a career spanning almost 45 years of composing and performing.

Tickets are $20 in advance $24 at the door, available online through www.nextstagearts.org or at the Putney Coop or Turn It Up in Brattleboro, three weeks in advance of show.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

For more information, visit www.claudiaschmidt.com or www.nextstagearts.org

MSA presents

‘JC Superstar’

SAXTONS RIVER — A cast of more than 60 has been assembled for the Main Street Arts production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” set to open at the Bellows Falls Opera House Thursday, March 29 for a two-week run.

“Tremendous talent showed up at the auditions for this show, and we are super excited about the caliber of these cast members,” said David Stern, the show’s director and artistic director at MSA. “We have some exceptional performers in this group.”

Among them are William Sawyer and Sean Roberts, who will alternate the role of Jesus. Andrew Flaherty and Louis Vitale are playing Judas, and Allie McGahie and Hannah Hoffman are Mary.

Other cast members include Gavy Kessler (Pilate), Neal Cronce (Caiaphas), Libby McCawley (Annas), Ron Bos-Lun and Lynn Stanford (Priests), Dom DiBenedetto (Peter), Morganna Ekkens (Simon) and Henry O’Connell (Herod). A dozen apostles and an ensemble of templegoers and crowd members make up the rest. Ken Olsson is musical director and Annesa Hartman is choreographer.

The rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, was called “one of the 10 best musicals of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine. It has continued to wow audiences for 40 years as it tells the story of the last four days of the life of Jesus through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 29, 30 and 31, April 5, 6 and 7, all at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. both Saturdays. For more information, contact (802) 869-2960 or info@mainstreetart.org, or visit the MSA website or Facebook page.

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