Theater and Film

Vermont theater and film offerings are widespread and of high quality. We recommend visiting the Weston Playhouse during the summer season and Northern Stage in White River Junction for the months of October through May. Next Stage in Putney also presents plays and film screenings year round, while Billings Farm in Woodstock hosts an annual film festival through the winter. Travel to Brattleboro for their film festival in the beginning of November.


A Chorus Line at Weston Playhouse

One singular sensation!

If you’ve seen the musical, you’ll be singing the song!  You can see this production with Golden Stage Inn’s Summer Theater Package.  Tickets are reduced when you book a 2-night stay with Golden Stage Inn over the summer season, saving you as much as $60 per couple for a night at the theater!

Summer Theater B&B Package

The Weston Playhouse’s production of A Chorus Line is a treat not to be missed.  The cast is comprised of equity actors.  The costumes for the finale of ‘One’ are a hit.  The songs were flawless.  Whether you are a long-time fan of A Chorus Line or simply enjoy theater, this production is sure to please.  Afterwards, you may even want to be a star…

I hadn’t been to the Weston Playhouse for at least ten years, and was excited to get back.  The town itself is quaint and makes a fun day trip, but we were just there for the evening so we headed straight to the theater.  There is a restaurant below the theater that looks out onto the river.  We weren’t dining, but were able to enjoy a glass of wine before the show.  Just be sure to finish your beverage before the show starts – no food or drink in the theater itself!  The restaurant is called Cafe at the Falls; view their menu here.

We enjoyed our wine in a sitting room, and soon the lights flickered and the curtains were rising.  My grandmother was like a little girl; she loves A Chorus Line and knows the movie by heart.  Since Weston Playhouse is so intimate, it was an amazing experience for her to get to see the show up close – I think we were in the third row!

For those of you who haven’t seen A Chorus Line, here’s the set up (no spoilers –  I promise.)  A dozen or so dancers are auditioning for eight parts in a big show, and the pressure is on.  In the opening song, each one sings “Please God, I need this job!”  The story shows that working in the performance arts is no easy feat.  The musical takes the form of an audition, one where the dancers and actors are asked to tell the choreographer about their real self.  This opens a door to some real emotion, some great songs, and a very unique performance.  A Chorus Line shows that the performing arts may treat actors, singers and dancers as head shots – but there’s more behind the photo.

The applause was thunderous as the credits rolled.  The songs played over and over again in my head for the following week.  We didn’t have time, but usually after each show, there is a Cabaret act at the small stage downstairs to which you may buy tickets.

I’d say the only reason not to see A Chorus Line at the Weston Playhouse is if you absolutely hate musicals.  Otherwise, get yourself over to Weston, Vermont!  Save on tickets with Golden Stage Inn’s Summer Theater Package…when you book two nights or more at our B&B during the summer, you’ll receive tickets at a steeply discounted rate.

VT Summer B&B Package

Northern Stage presents “Good People”

Now through March 23rd, take a trip to Northern Stage, located in Briggs Opera House at White River Junction, Vermont. Northern Stage is a 45 minute drive north of our Southern Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The show Good People opened on March 5th, and will be playing through March 23rd. This contemporary drama is set in South Boston and, like any good piece of theater, tells of hardship and struggle. A working class woman loses her job and faces real challenges with a warm heart, dancing around the question of what makes a person a good person. The classic American story blends humor with humanity, suspense with social inquiry. See a preview of rehearsal and commentary below! As they say in the video, “Good People” is one of the most produced plays in America this year; it is a treat to have this show running at Northern Stage in Vermont!

The script was written by Pulitzer prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, and the show is directed by Carol Dunne. Tickets are $15-60, with group rates available.
A stunning review of Northern Stage’s “Good People” in the Rutland Herald called the main lead “a fully dynamic perfomance…with flair,” and said the production was the best since 2012. Stay at our Southern Vermont Bed and Breakfast on your way to the play, and make an evening of it with dinner at a nearby restaurant in White River Junction, such as Elixir or Tuckerbox. Coming next to Northern Stage in April…the Spitfire Grill!

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-Sophi Veltrop, Golden Stage Inn Secretary of the Arts

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Lebanon, NH

I continue to be astounded by the way the world comes to our neck of the woods in Vermont and New Hampshire.  The mountains surrounding our bed and breakfast in Cavendish are known for their impressive hiking, biking and skiing, but they are also constantly celebrated through art.  I realized this last night, as the tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival passed through Southwestern New Hampshire.  Though it was a bit of a hike to get to Lebanon, NH from the Ludlow and Okemo area, it was completely worthwhile to experience the moutain film of a lifetime.  Well, really, it was many films of a life-time, and they were only a microscopic snapshot of the entire collection shown at the original Banff Film Festival back in October of 2013.  Though the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Whites of New Hampshire are small in size compared to the Himalayas, the tapuis of South America, and the cliffs of Morocco, this was the perfect setting in which to watch mountain-themed films.  The culture of our area is shaped by the mountains just as the mountains and hills have been shaped by time.  Though every range and peak has its own character, people who love the mountains have a deep passion in common.  It was that passion that every theater-goer that night shared as we watched with eyes wide at the dramatic scenes before us.

Below are brief accounts and review of a sampling of mountain films showed in the Lebanon Opera House this past Friday.  Check out the United States Tour to see if the film festival is coming your way in the future…it may just stoke your passion to gain elevation!

  • The first half of the evening’s feature film was Ready to Fly, a documentary profiling the fight to end discrimination against women in the Olympics.  Lindsey Van, a woman ski jumper who can jump farther than most men, led the fight by suing the International Olympic Committee.  If you’ve been following the Olympic Games News for the Sochi Winter Games of 2014, you’ll already know the ending to the story (it’s a happy one with victory for ladies!) but this film is absolutely stunning and will make you think about equality in sports today.
  • A short film called Cascada showed impressive imagery and cinematography.  Kayakers journey to Mexico to tackle waterfalls, but reflect upon their experience with people and wilderness in the process.  The shots are absolutely gorgeous!

  • My favorite piece was The Burn, simply because it did not try to impress…because it did not have to.  The entire mountain film was simply two skiers pounding powder in the back country that had burned down in a wildfire the day before a snowstorm.  Not only was the landscape desolately captivating, but the trees were still glowing with embers from the fire before. Sparks flew off from under the skiers when their skis sank through the powder and hit still-burning wood, red embers reflecting off of ice and snow.

  • Two 20-minute films were shown in the second half.  One, Keeper of the Mountains, told the story of an old woman named Elizabeth Hawley, who has kept records her entire life of the ascents of Mount Everest.  She knows every traverse, camp, and crevasse, but has never and will never climb the mountain herself.  Another impressive lady was profiled in Spice Girl, the story of perhaps the best female trad (traditional) climber of her age.  Her name is Hazel Finlay, and she was the first girl to trad climb an E9 (that’s a very hard thing to do!).  As you watch her make ascents, your palms sweating, she speaks about the experience, saying “It’s a bit scary.”  Amazing.  The first half shows her conquering rock walls with her dad, and the second half chronicles her adventure to Morocco to climb a 12-pitch wall that took from before dawn to far after dark.

Visit Vermont not just for the mountains, but also for the amazing creative work they inspire and celebrate from across the world!

 

Summer Theatre at Weston Playhouse, 2013

Summer theatre at Weston Playhouse in Vermont is one of my favorite attractions of Okemo Valley.  Earlier this month, I went with my daughter Samantha and our exchange-student family member Yui to see Educating Rita.  The cast of two put on an engaging performance.  Even though the play was not my favorite selection, the play was thought provoking and insightful. The acting, the set, and overall the whole evening was a delight – as it typically is at Weston.

The line-up for the rest of the 2013 season looks great!  At the beautiful historic Main Stage, located on the green in the heart of Weston village, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is performing three more shows this season. They’ll plunge directly into some heavy issues about family life and mental health in Next to Normal, a rock musical with a Tony-award winning score.  And then they turn to some long-standing classics as they perform 42nd Street, the Tony-award winning musical about an actress trying to make it on Broadway , and To Kill A Mockingbird, a play that brings to life two of America’s favorite characters, Scout and Atticus Finch.

Just a few miles from the Main Stage is the “Other Stage,” located in the Weston Rod & Gun Club building on Route 100.  Tickets are a bit less expensive for shows performed here, but really, I don’t see why – every seat is a great one, and the quality of each performance is just as good too!  Each summer starts with a children’s show and this year’s was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  (My kids loved this book, I’m sad that we missed this performance.)  Upcoming shows include Loving Leo, a new musical that explores family relationships, and The Blessed Plot, a one man play about the battle for free Shakespeare in Central Park.

Whether you are a seasoned theatre-goer or someone who thinks maybe it’s time to try theatre for the first time, Weston Playhouse is a great choice.  Of course, we recommend that you consider our theatre package so you can enjoy two nights at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast.  It’s a gorgeous drive between our inn in Proctorsville (Cavendish) and the Weston Playhouse.  And our breakfasts are sure to impress you at least as much as the theatre does!

-Julie-Lynn, Innkeeper, Golden Stage Inn

“Mary’s Wedding” at Weston Playhouse (2012-08-13)

Play Review

Written by Samantha Wood

Recently, my dad  and I went to the Weston Playhouse to see Mary’s Wedding.  Mary’s Wedding was set in post World War I England. The whole drama was a dream that Mary had the night before her wedding. With a cast that consisted of only two actors, and with a total running time of 90 minutes, I thought that the play was going to feel extremely long, but every time I got that feeling, the actors did one more thing that amazed the audience, keeping me enthralled until the last line.

Mary’s Wedding was very enjoyable and I recommend the Weston Playhouse to anyone that enjoys the theater, whether you are a theater fanatic or just someone  looking for something fun to plan while on their vacation!