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.


New Restaurant Opens at Weston Playhouse!

One of the best things about summer in Southern Vermont is the top-notch theater at Weston Playhouse. Each summer, we welcome theater enthusiasts to our bed and breakfast and offer our guests tickets at a savings of 50% (with a minimum 2 night stay, see details below).

High quality theater is not something you’ll often find in a rural getaway, and we consider ourselves lucky to be just a half an hour away from a truly fantastic venue. The Weston Playhouse’s 2015 season will be a hit…but this year there’s something extra to look forward to! The Downtown Grocery is taking over the Weston Playhouse’s restaurant. The Downtown Grocery, a fine dining restaurant in Ludlow, VT, just ten minutes away from Golden Stage Inn, sources much of its food locally, showcasing the best of Vermont’s produce, cheeses, meats and libations. The new West Town Eatery, located in the Weston Playhouse, will certainly be a “must” on your Vermont vacation check list. The same seasonal, house-made ingredients will characterize the menu at West Town Eatery. There will also be light fare and desserts available after the shows during the Cabaret (A must see!).

Dinner seatings start at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and select Sundays. All reservations can be made through the Weston Box Office by calling (802) 824-5288, or, ask your innkeepers to make a reservation for you when you book your stay!

The Weston Playhouse line up for 2015 includes Pump Boys and Dinettes, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie, and Guys and Dolls at their Main Stage and Junie B. Jones, The Other Place, and The Road to Where at their Other Stage.  Guests of the inn (with a minimum 2-night stay) can purchase tickets for Main Stage performances for $25 each and for Other Stage performances for $15 each … this is a savings of approximately half!!  Be sure to check out one of their shows.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

Vermont Theater: the 2015 season

This year promises to be a great one for Vermont theater!  Arts enthusiasts will enjoy plays at Weston Playhouse during the summer and Northern Stage through the spring.  A Christmas Carol is just finishing up at Northern Stage, and the 2015 season will kick off soon.  Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, VT will also sometimes offer theater, but primarily features concerts, film showings and poetry readings.

 

Northern Stage is located in White River Junction, a 45-minute drive from our VT B&B.

 

Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, will show from February 11 through March 1.

A ghostly comedy in which a novelist encounters the spirit of his dead wife through a spiritual medium, Madame Arcati.

Orwell in America, by Joe Sutton, will show from March 11 through March 29.

A drama about George Orwell’s book tour through America, in which a chaperone tries to convince him not to preach his socialist views.

Songs for a New World, by Jason Robert Brown, will play from April 8 to May 3.

This play is described as a ‘song cycle/musical revue’ embodies stories of new beginnings in song.  A generational piece with a strong cast.

Weston Playhouse, in Weston, VT is a hit for summer theater-goers.

 

The first show will be ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ from June 30 to July 11.

This off-Broadway country musical has received great acclaims for its “down home music, joy and laughs.”

From July 16-25, see ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’

This is the grown-ups prequel to Peter Pan, and winner of 5 Tony awards!  A dozen actors play over a hundred characters.

‘Guys and Dolls’ will show between July 30 and August 22.

Enjoy this classic musical, an “oddball romantic comedy” set in a fantastical New York City.

And finally, between August 27 and September 5, see The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

An American masterpiece, in which a nostalgic Southern belle wishes for a better life for her children.

 

Weston Playhouse also has a smaller venue, called “Other Stages”.

Junie B. Jones, a musical for children, will debut on June 25th and plays through July 12th.  This hilarious little girl sings about the trials and triumphs of being in the first-grade.

The Other Place is a dramatic mystery, playing from July 23rd to August 9th.  Described as “a riveting new psychological drama” and “a brilliantly crafted work, in which nothing is as it seems.”

There will be one last play (or musical) that has yet to be unveiled.  It will take place in the second half of August…stay tuned!

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!

 

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