Local theater groups are presenting a variety of performances in the month of August.
‘THE SECRET GARDEN’
The Stowe Theatre Guild will present the musical “The Secret Garden.”
Based on the classic 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, “The Secret Garden” is the story of Mary Lennox, a young English girl who is orphaned when her parents die from cholera in India. Mary is sent back to England to live in the family estate, Misselthwaite Manor, in Yorkshire, where she discovers the truth hidden within.
The musical opens on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m., and runs Wednesday through Saturday to Aug. 30 at Town Hall Theatre on the second floor of the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building in Stowe. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children.www.stowetheatre.com
The Waterbury Festival Players, a semi-professional theater company, presents “Sight Unseen” by Donald Margulies.
Jonathan Waxman is an American mega-artist so successful he can claim astronomical prices for his works sight unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons. He abandons his original muse in his quest for the opulent life, which now devours him.
Performances are Aug. 8 and 9, Aug. 14 – 16 and Aug. 21 – 23. Tickets for all shows are $30 in advance (must be purchased by 5 p.m.), $35 at the door. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. www.WaterburyFestivalPlayhouse.com or 498-3755.
‘RING OF FIRE’
The St. Michael’s Playhouse is wrapping up a musical tribute to Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire,” which runs through Aug. 9.
“‘Ring of Fire’ is the story of a man in search of his own soul,” said Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin. “A worthy story to put on stage—and the best part is it is told entirely through his songs. More than two dozen classic hits—including ‘I Walk The Line,’ ‘Jackson,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘Ring of Fire’—performed by an amazing multi-talented cast—paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend!”
Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 – 9. Tickets are $32.50 to $43.50. For more information, visit www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or call 654-2281.
‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’
Vermont Shakespeare Company’s seventh season of summer Shakespeare will be a production of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”
Shakespeare’s magical comedy of lovers, fairies and rude mechanicals takes audiences from Athens to a moonlit forest full of intrigue and enchantment. The play is a joyous ride that reveals the nature of true love and the power of imagination.
The company will be bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Knight Point State Park in North Hero Aug. 9 and 10 at 6 p.m., then performing on the Circus Lawn at Shelburne Museum Aug. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. The season will conclude with performances at the Royall Tyler Theatre at the University of Vermont Aug.16 at 7:30 p.m. and August 17 at 2 p.m.
For tickets, visit www.flynntix.org or call 86-FLYNN.
For more information visit www.vermontshakespeare.org
‘ The Mousetrap’
Dorset Theatre Festival will present “The Mousetrap,” Dame Agatha Christie’s masterpiece of mayhem and mystery, from Aug. 14 – 30 at the Dorset Playhouse.
Evening performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and some Tuesdays; matinees at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays and some Saturdays. On Saturday, Aug. 16, a talk-back with Director Paul Mullins and Artistic Director Dina Janis will follow the matinee performance. Tickets and info are available at www.dorsettheatrefestival.org or by calling the box office at 867- 2223.