May 21, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS: Curtains rise on the fall theater season

'The Family of Ewe' premieres Oct. 3.

‘The Family of Ewe’ premieres Oct. 3.

Observer staff report

Comedies, musicals and murder mysteries all hit the stage this fall, as theater season picks up. A slew of local productions are underway or set to begin this month. 


Girls Nite Out Productions presents “The Family of Ewe,” a funny and touching play about women, who despite imperfections and challenges, choose to stand by each other and, when necessary, choose to confront and stand up to each other as well. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 through Oct. 13 for a total of nine performances.Tickets are on sale now at and by calling 802-86-FLYNN.


Lamoille County Players presents the musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie,” telling the story of an Elvis-Presley-type rock star who is about to go into the Army and the nation-wide swooning that ensues, runs Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Adults $18, students and seniors $12. Hyde Park Opera House.  888-4507.


Stowe Theatre Guild presents “The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty,” a comic opera in two acts following the young Frederic, who has just completed an apprenticeship with an infamous band of pirates. The play runs Oct. 3 to 5 and 9 to 12, at 8 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre on the second floor of the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building, Stowe. For tickets call 253-3961, email or visit Tickets $23 for adults and $13 for children.


The Waterbury Festival Playhouse presents murder mystery and comedy “Rumors,” where dinner guests arrive to find the host has been shot, the hostess is nowhere to be found, no food is ready, and nobody knows what’s going on. With performances Oct. 3 – 5, Oct. 9 – 13 and Oct. 16 – 19. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 802-498-3755.


The UVM Department of Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a blend of comedy and suspense, Oct. 3 – 5 and Oct. 10 -13 with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on October 3-5 and 10-12. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 13. For tickets and information, call 656-2094 or visit


Lost Nation Theater presents Arthur Miller’s American Classic “The Crucible,” set during the Salem witch trials. Oct. 10 – 27 at Montpelier City Hall. Tickets $25-30 for adults, $5 discount for students and seniors, $10 for youth. 229-0492 or


Champlain Valley Union High School presents the outrageous Monty Python hit  “Spamalot” Oct. 24 – 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets $8, $6 for students, children, faculty and staff. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.


Shelburne Players present the romantic comedy “Chapter Two” at Shelburne Town Center Nov. 8 – 10 and 14 – 16. Recent widower George Schneider is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. After a series of bad matches, Leo comes up with Jennie Malone, and she’s a keeper. Tickets go on sale in October, more information at

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