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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO National Theatre Live - "Frankenstein": Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck creator. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs this production. Nick Dear wrote the play, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. This version shows Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor. 4 p.m. Contains a scene of sexual violence - recommended for ages 15 and up. $20, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets/Info: 802-254-1109 x 3,

BELLOWS FALLS "The Secret Garden": Frances Hodgson Burnett could not have imagined that the children's classic she penned in 1911 would resonate in 2019 with young and old who are concerned with climate change. Dir. David Stern and his crew of actors, set builders, costumers have created a magical world that jumps in and out of India and England as it tells the story of the healing power of the garden where Mary Lennox and the wheelchair-bound Colin Craven meet and find friendship. The large cast/crew includes about 36 actors ages 12-71 and an orchestra of 17 led by Ken Olsson. The musical tells the story of 11-year-old Mary, orphaned in India by an epidemic of cholera, who returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin on their estate. Among its wonders, she discovers a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. This is a Main Street Arts production. 7:30 p.m: 10/25, 10/26, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2. 2 p.m. Matinees: 10/26, 10/27, 11/2. Through Saturday, November 2. $7 to $45. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960,

Visual arts and shows

WILLIAMSVILLE Manitou hosts Grief Release Walk and Sound Healing Concert: Walk led by professionals from Bayada Hospice. Outdoor forest concert with Derrik Jordan and Jed Blume, multi-instrumentalists Indoor potluck at Manitou Gate House. Walk: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Concert: 2-3:30 p.m. Potluck: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (If it rains, all events will be indoors). Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: Supriya Shanti (Bayada): 802-490-2099,; Mike Mayer: 802-258-8598,


BELLOWS FALLS Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop: Through a combination of games, improvisation and simple songs from around the world we'll explore different aspects of the voice. Did you know that adults and teens can learn to sing in much the same way a child learns language - through immersion and play? In that spirit, we'll: Create a space of non-judgement, and replace the “cringe,” with curiosity. Make all kinds of crazy sounds and noises — just to discover what we've got. Learn to listen differently and more deeply. Discover the profound joy of boldly singing with other people. Dig into different learning styles, discovering your best inroads to music learning. Discuss the basics of music theory so you'll understand more about how songs work. Sing familiar songs and learn new ones. We'll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you!. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $130 (bring your own lunch), $145 (includes catered lunch). Immanuel Retreat Center, 14 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Circus Spooktacular - A Recipe for Disaster": NECCA's first Halloween Themed Production: This is a creative cauldron for NECCA's instructors and special guests and features the school's elite level coaches as flying trapeze zombies, aerial vampires, acrobatic mad scientists and a juggling ghost, among other acrobatic conjurings shared with Halloween spirit. This high-energy circus romp of witches, monsters, and some surprisingly lively undead may not be appropriate for the youngest children. 10/27: 7 p.m. $10 ages 12 and under, $15 adult, $25 VIP. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Tickets: 802-254-9780,


NEWFANE Mudras, Mantras, and Meditation: Explore mantras (repetitive sanskrit phrases), mudras (hand gestures), and meditation (quiet contemplation) to address major obstacles and to inspire lasting change in our lives. This helps cultivate deep relaxation by calming the mind. With Tracy Donahue. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, November 17. $20 per session. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Sign up:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's "Share the Harvest": Help-yourself public gardens - harvest whatever is ready. Look for the green flags and instructions on how to harvest. Thanks to the generosity of local farmers and gardeners, Edible Brattleboro distributed about 2,500 pounds of free produce last summer. Edible Brattleboro is fully volunteer run. Donations (time, surplus from your garden, money) are not required, but graciously accepted. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (also at the Brattleboro Co-op, rear parking lot). Produce is free (bring your own bags). Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: Marilyn:,


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Juniper and Dan Talbot. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,



October 2019