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Curious hearts, complicated lives come alive in 'I and You'

Curious hearts, complicated lives come alive in ‘I and You’

By Bob Behr ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse’s newest offering, Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, is a beautifully written — and beautifully presented — story of two young people at a critical moment. If you go (and you should), your first impression will be scenic designer Tim Mackabee’s spectacular stage set, which remains in […]

Fresh creativity flows through 'The Fantasticks'

Fresh creativity flows through ‘The Fantasticks’

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse has kicked off its 83rd season with a reimagined production of The Fantasticks. This classic and charming musical fable has been given a fresh, breezy take by director Susanna Gellert, who also serves as the theater’s new executive artistic director. A new creativity flows through this […]

A fun ride through 'Phantom Tollbooth'

A fun ride through ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ Talented cast, direction, choreography keep trip exciting

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse kicks off its 2019 season with a production of The Phantom Tollbooth, performed by members of the Weston Playhouse Young Company at the new Walker Farm venue, and the performers of this summer-long program give it their all in this musical version of Norton Juster’s classic […]

WPTC's new executive artistic director debuts<br>  with 'The Fantasticks'

WPTC’s new executive artistic director debuts
with ‘The Fantasticks’

Susanna Gellert, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company‘s new executive artistic director, will make her Weston directorial debut with the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, which will run June 20 through July 13. Gellert brings her successful history of delivering fresh perspectives and contemporary relevance to classic, well-known works such as Tamburlaine, Measure for Measure and A […]

2 Riverside students win video PSA contest on tobacco use; Charlestown theater to hold auditions for two productions

2 Riverside students win video PSA contest on tobacco use; Charlestown theater to hold auditions for two productions

Green Peak Alliance announces the winners of the 1st GPA Windsor County Youth Public Service Announcement contest. Maria Nadeau and Melanie Litchfield, students at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, won the $200 grand prize, which was contributed on behalf of the Windsor Rotary and Springfield Rotary clubs. The contest focused on students creating a PSA […]

Community & Arts events: March 23-March 24

Community & Arts events: March 23-March 24

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Community & Arts Events: March 1 to March 5

Community & Arts Events: March 1 to March 5

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Holiday, community & arts events: Dec. 19-28

Holiday, community & arts events: Dec. 19-28

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Dems to hold heat fundraiser for Family Center; <br>CAES, Weston Playhouse get Arts Council grants

Dems to hold heat fundraiser for Family Center;
CAES, Weston Playhouse get Arts Council grants

Chester, Andover Dems hold heat fundraiser for Family Center The Chester and Andover Democrats will hold its annual Holiday Housewarming Fuel & Food Fundraiser at Baba a Louis Bakery,  92 VT-11 in Chester, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. There will be plenty to eat and drink at this event, which is […]

'Two Trains' heartrending end to Weston season

‘Two Trains’ heartrending end to Weston season

By Bob Behr ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Theater-goers at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm are getting a huge treat this month, with August Wilson’s heartrending, heartwarming drama Two Trains Running. The play is the latest in Weston’s American Masters series. And, yes, this is the work of a master. Two Trains Running is a compelling, […]

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2018 Guide to the Chester Fall Festival

©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Now in its 44th year, the Chester Fall Festival is weekend filled with toe-tapping music, great arts and crafts, good food and friends. And it’s set in the gorgeous Vermont town of Chester. There is no wonder that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named it one of the state’s Top 10 […]

Vibrant cast of 'Million Dollar Quartet' worth it

Vibrant cast of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ worth it Talented Weston performers put on 'toe-tapping music fest'

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Early rock ‘n ‘ roll rears its pompadoured head in the high-octane jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet at Weston Playhouse. Over two intermission-less hours we are treated to a music catalog of early rock, R&B and gospel music performed by a talented and vibrant cast that handles two […]

'A Doll's House Part 2' another theater gem

‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ another theater gem 'Hilarious and bold,' sequel stands perfectly on its own

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm offers up another gem of a production with A Doll’s House, Part 2, a follow-up to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 controversial masterwork . In playwright Lucas Hnath’s sequel, it is 15 years after Nora Helmer rejected her domestic life and now returns to the […]

Artists sought for Derry exhibit, sale

Artists sought for Derry exhibit, sale

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society will exhibit the works of local artists from Aug. 3 to Sept. 1 at the Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Road, Londonderry. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays. There will be an artists’ opening reception from 5 to 7 […]

Weston's 'West Side Story' infused with energy

Weston’s ‘West Side Story’ infused with energy Stunning ensemble work, choreography in a timely musical

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC W ho would believe that a Broadway musical with social underpinnings would be as relevant today as it was 60 years ago, but that’s how it is with the American classic West Side Story, which is being given a dynamic revival at Weston Playhouse. West Side Story is, […]

'Fun Home' is a must-see theater experience

‘Fun Home’ is a must-see theater experience A witty, endearing musical of serious themes

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse continues its inaugural year at the new Second Stage at Walker Farm with the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. And it is everything a theatergoer hopes for — it entertains, it enlightens, it engages. The production never puts a foot wrong and we are rewarded with gem […]

Opening night of 'Our Town' a mixed bag

Opening night of ‘Our Town’ a mixed bag

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town begins the new summer season at Weston Playhouse and the production is a mixed bag at best. In 1938, it was a challenging stage experiment, and it has come down through the years to become an American classic — an […]

Weston Playhouse taps new exec artistic director

Weston Playhouse taps new exec artistic director Susanna Gellert comes from New York, Baltimore theaters

Susanna Gellert has been chosen by the Board of Directors to be the Weston Playhouse Theater Company’s new executive artistic director. Gellert, currently associate producer and director of the Studio at New York’s  Theatre for a New Audience, comes to Weston with 15 years of experience in New York and regional theater and a long-standing […]

Arts events: May 11-May 19, 2018

Arts events: May 11-May 19, 2018

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. May 11: Acoustic folk concert in Bellows Falls Joe Jencks, […]

Arts events: May 4-May 6, 2018

Arts events: May 4-May 6, 2018

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. May 4: NEYT’s ‘James and the Giant Peach, Jr’ New […]