Williston residents help bring laughter in Lyric Theatre’s ‘The Producers’

Williston residents (from left) Kristina McSalis, Kerry Whalen Powell, Kelley Lane and Kaity McSalis will help with ‘The Producers.’
Williston residents (from left) Kristina McSalis, Kerry Whalen Powell, Kelley Lane and Kaity McSalis will help with ‘The Producers.’

Observer staff report
Williston residents are among the Lyric Theatre Company cast and crew set to present Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Based on the classic cult comedy film, the musical sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. The show is about two types of people—those who want to be in the game and those who want to stay in show business.
“The Producers” will be presented on the MainStage of Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for five performances Nov. 13 through 16.
Lyric’s production features a 33-member cast supported by a 20-piece orchestra. Members of the cast with ties to Williston include ensemble players Kaity McSalis, Kristina McSalis, Brad Enos, Kelley Lane and Kerry Whalen Powell.
On the production side of the show, Williston resident Serena Magnan O’Connell is the show’s sound engineer.
While the cast is in rehearsal, more than 250 additional volunteers are simultaneously working behind the scenes at Lyric’s warehouse in Williston’s Production Park.
Tickets for “The Producers” are $23-$38 with student and senior discounts available at some performances. Purchase tickets in person through the Flynn Center Regional Box Office in Burlington, by phone at 86-FLYNN or online at
Matinees are set for 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16 and evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 14 and 15. The Sunday, Nov. 16 matinee will be audio-described for patrons who are blind or visually impaired.
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The tiny town of Grover’s Corners comes to life on the Royall Tyler stage as the UVM Department of Theatre presents Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece “Our Town” Nov. 13-16. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 and Nov. 16. Tickets from $8 – $22. For more information, visit or call 656-2094.
The wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde will be on display at the historic Hyde Park Opera House later this month. The Lamoille County Players’ will present the classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 at the Hyde Park Opera House. The show starts at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students or seniors.
For more information, visit or call 888-4507.