The Wild Goose Players rehearse a scene from their upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

A new take on an old chestnut

In Bellows Falls, a reimagined traditional favorite play shows the challenges posed by both change and staunch adherence to tradition

BELLOWS FALLS-Wild Goose Players (WGP) presents the nine-time Tony Award–winning musical Fiddler on the Roof this weekend and next at the Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 Village Square.

With some of musical theater's most cherished tunes - Sunrise, Sunset; If I Were a Rich Man; Matchmaker; To Life - Fiddler is about family and community, love and relationships. It cuts across barriers to deliver lessons of tolerance - of acceptance - in the face of prejudice and discrimination. And it shows the challenges posed by both change and staunch adherence to tradition. When do we adhere to tradition? When is it time to let go?...

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Getting to know a people and a culture

Films by and about Palestinians will screen on Sundays this month

BRATTLEBORO-"I don't know what it's like to live in Palestine, but through these films, I think I have a better idea; I would hope that anyone watching [them] would have a similar experience." So says Shana Frank of Putney, a math educator who has coordinated a four-part Palestine film...

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Rob Flax’s Boom Chick Trio coming to Next Stage

PUTNEY-Next Stage Arts presents the jazz combo Boom Chick Trio on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Described as "equal parts hot swing, snarky songwriting, and lyrical storytelling," this trio of violin, guitar, and bass plus three-part harmony vocals "will transport you to a speakeasy somewhere in the back...

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Epsilon Spires celebrates solar eclipse

BRATTLEBORO-Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St., hosts a solar eclipse celebration with Thistle on Monday, April 8. All ages are welcome and eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided. Arrive at the front entrance of Epsilon Spires at 2 p.m. to receive your Solar Eclipse Glasses. Partake in some celestial-inspired refreshments, and then wander around downtown Brattleboro to enjoy viewing the partial Eclipse which begins at 2:14 p.m., peaks at 3:38 p.m., and ends at 4:37 p.m. Then return to Epsilon Spires at...

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New England Youth Theatre presents ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’

BRATTLEBORO-New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) presents Twelve Angry Jurors, by Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel, Friday through Sunday, April 5–7 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street. This play is directed by Eric Bass, assistant directed by James Gelter, choreographed by Shoshana Bass, scored by composer Julian Gerstin, and features members of the NEYT's senior company. Twelve Angry Jurors (originally written as Twelve Angry Men) is a play about saving a democratic process, not necessarily about saving an innocent man.

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WTSA launches 'Listen Local'

BRATTLEBORO-Brattleboro radio station WTSA 96.7FM is launching a new local music program celebrating the region's musicians and touring bands visiting local venues. Listen Local airs weekly on Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon, starting April 7. The program is also available as a recorded podcast at The program features music and interviews with local bands across Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as musicians playing at the region's live music venues. Listen Local is hosted by Mitchell...

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UMass Percussion Ensemble returns to BMAC on April 14

BRATTLEBORO-The UMass Percussion Ensemble returns to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Led by percussionist Ayano Kataoka, the Ensemble is made up of graduate and undergraduate percussion students at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For their performance in Brattleboro, students Robert Grahmann, Philip Hanifin, Clara Montes, and Sejeong Pyo will perform original compositions and arrangements by J.S. Bach, Michael Burritt, John Cage, Jacob Druckman, and Igor Stravinsky. "A contemporary art museum is...

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Brattleboro Music Center offers series of Spring Music Salons

BRATTLEBORO-The Brattleboro Music Center offers a spring lineup of Music Appreciation Salons. Moby Pearson - violinist, ensemble coach, and orchestra conductor - invites music lovers to enjoy an array of musical treats and opportunities to pick up new perspectives along the way. As Pearson notes, "Salons are presented in a way that is accessible to all. You don't have to be a musician to attend - open ears are all that is required." All offerings will be held Thursdays at...

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