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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps": Inspired by the iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. This spy-caper spoof utilizes just four actors who transform using costumes, accents, and physicality into over 30 distinct characters. At first glance, the hero doesn't seem heroic at all. It's August 1935, and Richard Hannay is alone and adrift in London, bored with his ordinary life. But during a night out at the theatre, he stumbles onto an outlandish plot to steal government secrets. To thwart the conspiracy, he embarks on a madcap journey across the country. Hannay's quest is a dangerous one, and the odds are stacked against him. Starring Samuel Murphy, Clare Margand, Shannon Ward, and Jonathan Kinnersley, with musical accompaniment by Rich Smith. Directed by Justin Fetterman, managed by Katy Peterson, with support by Krista Coughlin-Galbraith and Alex Luckham. Produced by Brenda Seitz and Nichole Bliznak. 12/13-15 and 12/20-22: 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. performances. VTC will accept donations of non-perishable food items for Groundworks food bank, and your donation is good for a $1 discount on your ticket. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

The written word

PUTNEY Putney author Sarah Cooper-Ellis reads from her new novel, "Landing": Survivor of tragedy and bad choices, retired schoolteacher Meredith has almost given up on love when she moves back to the small Vermont town where she grew up to help in her family's maple syrup business. As she explores the potential for a new life, Meredith encounters a series of enticing detours and blind alleys disguised as payoffs. She finds new meaning in the hills and forests of her childhood, and an unlikely relationship offers an enticing potential for the kind of love she's been in search of. 4 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Elf" (PG): Reminding us that the "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," this film stars Will Ferrell as a man-sized elf who is forced to leave the North Pole after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community because of ungainly size. He journeys to the U.S. in search of his true identity and manages to teach us all a thing or two about Christmas spirit. Also starring Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Mary Steenburgen. 12/14: 4:30 p.m., 12:15: 11:30 a.m. All who attend can enter the "Elf" raffle and take an "Elfie" with a life-sized Elf cutout. By donation. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.


TOWNSHEND West River Valley Chorus Concerts: The vocalists, under the direction of Ken Olsson, will rock around the Christmas tree while bringing musical cheer to every age. Join them to start your holiday season off with camaraderie and song. The chorus has been performing for over 25 years. 3 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.

BRATTLEBORO TubaChristmas: The Brattleboro TubaChristmas, started 12 years ago, has become a treasured holiday tradition for many concertgoers. The first TubaChristmas was held at the Rockefeller Center ice rink in New York City on December 22, 1974, a location that has continued to host an event each year. Since then, cities and towns throughout the world have adopted a tradition of bringing together musicians to play beautiful arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas carols set for a four-part low-brass choir by Alec Wilder. In New England alone, 19 TubaChristmas events will take place this season. It was introduced to Brattleboro in 2008 by Steve Damon, who now hosts one in Bernardston, MA. Bruce Corwin, conductor emeritus of the Brattleboro American Legion Band, took the reigns four years later. Steve Rice, band director at Brattleboro Union High School has been organizing and leading the Brattleboro TubaChristmas since 2017. 3 pm (doors open 2:30 pm). Audience members are invited to sing along with the carols and are urged to bring sleigh bells to accompany the finale. Participating musicians - players of the tuba, euphonium, baritone horn - register at 1 pm and begin rehearsing at 1:15 pm. Only players of valved low brass instruments such as tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, baritone horn (treble or bass clef readers) and helicon may participate - no trombones. $10 requested of participating musicians, no charge for audience members (good will offerings accepted). First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.

BELLOWS FALLS Jazz Guitar Duo John Stowell & Draa Hobbs: Stowell tours, records, and teaches internationally, and has been a contributing columnist for Downbeat, Guitar Player, Soundcheck (Germany), Guitar Club (Italy), and other influential publications. Hobbs studied with the legendary Jimmy Raney, Attila Zoller, Gene Bertoncini, and Peter Lietch, performing with notable musicians including Don Friedman, Ron McClure, Eliot Zigmund, and Vic Juris. Only 40 chairs available. Attendees can bring their own portable seating to set up behind house chairs, or to use in place of their reserved chair. $12 in advance reserves a chair up-front, $15 at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Tickets:

PUTNEY River Singers Holiday Concerts - Benefit for Community Seekers Asylum Project: Led by Mary Cay Brass, this is a multi-generational choir known for its eclectic mix of music from diverse cultural musical heritages. Presenting a cornucopia of soulful songs of joy, love and peace, beginning with a Croatian New Year’s Carol, "Dobar Vecer" and dance song,"Moja Diri Dika" accompanied by their village band with director Brass on accordion, Mary Lea on fiddle, Matt Sharff on bass. Moving on to the British Isles and the West Gallery village hymn tradition: "Arise and Hail the Joyful Day" and "Derwent Wassail." Then the Hebrew song "Al Hanissim." The River Singers has a deep commitment to presenting, in song, visions of social justice and will sing songs about this from South Africa. Every River Singers concert is a benefit for a local or global peace initiative. This year's concert is for CASP - Community Asylum Seekers Project ( 12/14: 7:30 p.m.; 12/15: 4 p.m. $15, free for children under 12 (all tickets at door only, cash or check). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers' Market 10th Annual Season: 36 Vendors bringing the finest/freshest local goods. Lively live music. Community, Commerce, Celebration!. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 22. Putney Farmers Market, Green Mountain Orchards, 130 W. Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Matilda: The Musical": With a cast of 39 revolting children (ages 6-18), "Matilda" follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by NEYT Exec. Dir. Hallie Flower, this Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This show was made possible through support from The Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development, Europa IT, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association. 12/12-12/14, 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 12/14-15, 12/21-22, 2 p.m. Handicap accessible. $15, $13 seniors, $11 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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



December 2019