Vermont Theatre Co. celebrates 40 years

Vermont Theatre Company (VTC) is proud to announce its 2024 season, its 40th year of providing the Brattleboro area with quality theater made by and for the community.

This year, say VTC organizers, they return to some of the troupe's lasting traditions while starting new ones.

• The season begins with their first-ever 24-Hour Play Festival. Four writers, four directors, and a cast of actors will have only 24 hours to write, rehearse, and perform four original short plays. It's a theatrical high-wire act that will celebrate the creativity of the Brattleboro area's theatermakers. Location: Evening Star Grange in Dummerston. Date: TBA

• In June, VTC will present its 33rd Shakespeare in the Park production, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Shakespeare's play tells the story of Roman senators as they face existential questions about democracy, loyalty, and the consequences of political ambition.

Julius Caesar does not present the downfall of a single man but of a republic. It is a story that is perhaps more relevant now than it has ever been since Shakespeare wrote it. This production will be directed by Jessica Gelter and produced by Dawn Grobe. Location: Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. Dates: Thursday through Sunday, June 20–23.

• Once upon a time, VTC presented shows specifically produced for child audiences, though it has been many years since this program was active. VTC will close out its season by reviving its theatre-for-kids program with Cyrano, a three-actor show that tells the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, France's greatest swordsman and poet.

Cyrano has longed to tell the beautiful Roxanne how much he loves her, but there is one thing in his way: his abnormally long nose. When Roxanne is enchanted by the handsome but dim-witted Christian, Cyrano takes on the task of teaching the fool how to woo her.

Cyrano will premiere at Retreat Farm before touring local schools in the fall. This production will be directed by James Gelter and produced by Jesse Tidd. Dates: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9–11.

For more information about VTC and their upcoming shows, visit

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