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A group of professional actors based in White River Junction are bringing the Bard of Avon to six area schools this year. It's part of the Northern Stage theater group's program that aims to get young performers acquainted with the works of William Shakespeare.

The cast of "Mill Girls" at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. There will be free performances of the show at Saint Michael's College in November.
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A new play premiering at Saint Michael's College tells the story of the women who worked the textile mills in Winooski and across New England in the mid-1800s. But it's also a story about America's shift from small towns to big cities, how women were treated and compensated in the country's earliest factories, the fight for workers' rights and the mills' connections to slavery before the Civil War.

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will celebrate the grand opening of their new $6.3 million performance space at Walker Farm on Saturday.
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A decade-long dream will finally become a reality Saturday. Officials with the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will celebrate the grand opening of their $6.3 million second stage and community center.

Edmund Lewis, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Susannah Millonzi and Eric Tucker, members of the acting company Bedlam, pose in Middletown Springs where they will perform this weekend. Mellonzi and Tucker include their four month old daughter Francis in the photo.
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The Paramount Theater is welcoming back the acclaimed New York City theater company Bedlam for two off-site shows this weekend.

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Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street", is a major undertaking: dozens of cast members in Victorian costumes, a three-story set where dead bodies slide from floor-to-floor and a story that challenges the audience to find the humor in murder and revenge.

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The Vermont State Drama Festival was held last weekend in St. Johnsbury. The competition features one-act plays put on by high schools, which have advanced from five regional festivals around the state. Two performances, including an original piece by Otter Valley Union High School, were chosen to move on to the New England festival next week.

Courtesy of Rosalind Saunders

Five years ago, when she couldn't find good theater roles as a young teen, South Burlington senior Noa Saunders founded her own production company, Spotted Pup Productions

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Right now, amateur and professional thespians are memorizing their lines. Scenery is being built. Directors are choosing cast members. Winter theater in Vermont is preparing for opening nights of comedies, dramas and musicals.

We sneak a peak behind the curtain at numerous theater companies around the state.

Isabel Weinger Nielsen

The curtain goes up this week on a new production of an opera based on characters from David Budbill’s book and play, Judevine.

The production comes at a time when some of the story’s themes have a new relevance.

Howard Wise / Paul Zaloom

This spring Senator John McCain cited a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Sandglass Theater in Putney as an example of wasteful government spending.

McCain took the NEA to task for funding Sandglass’ puppet festival. He also singled out one of the scheduled performers, Paul Zaloom. Sandglass’ Puppets in the Green Mountains festival kicks off on Thursday. And Zaloom will be there to fire back at McCain.