PEOPLE Pajala, Olsen talk politics?; Chester's Hannah Gustafson in title role in 'Snow Queen' at Paramount

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OFF THE RECORD Spied at the West River Farmers Market in Londonderry on Saturday were former state Rep. Oliver Olsen chatting with current state Rep. Kelly Pajala, who was first appointed in 2017 to fill out Olsen’s term before being elected in her own right in 2018. She represents the Windham-Bennington-Windsor District. Every Saturday throughout the summer, you can find Pajala, who owns Dancing Hands Creations, at the market selling her handmade aprons and children’s clothes. Photo by Cynthia Prairie.

Chester’s Hannah Gustafson stars in ‘Snow Queen’ at Paramount

Hannah Gustafson as the Snow Queen. Photo by VCDE

Hannah Gustafson of Chester will be dancing the title role of the Snow Queen when the Vermont Center for Dance Education will perform The Snow Queen on Sunday, June 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Shows are at 1 and 6 p.m.

Gustafson is a 2016 graduate of the VCDE and continues her dance education there.  Gustafson also is a teacher’s assistant with classes of 2- to 6-year-olds. “I’m super honored that Stefy (Nardia) picked me for that role. It is a lot of hard work paying off,” Gustafson said.

As for the future, Gustafson said, “I plan to continue to teach at VCDE and maybe open my own studio in Chester.”

The cast of over 60 dancers is made up of local dance talent from the school, including two other alumnae who will take the stage.

This family friendly event is suitable for all ages,The Snow Queen will be enhanced by costumes that have been especially made for the lead characters in the school’s recently built costume shop.

Tickets are $15 to $25 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 775-0903 and at the box office.

The Vermont Center for Dance Education was founded in 2011 by Stefania Nardi and is located in Rutland, at 217G, Woodstock Ave. Nardi is a graduate of the National Academy of Dance in Rome, Italy. and is certified to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level seven, as well as Progressing Ballet Technique.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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