Theater Fest: Two Months of Musicals

Arts / Aug. 10, 2017 11:34am EDT

ArtisTree has announced the lineup for its Music Theater Festival, to run August 11-October 22 at the Grange Theatre, a new state-of-theart 90-seat venue in South Pomfret.

The ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival features four musicals showcasing both local and New York talent: a youth production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” August 11-13; “Always Patsy Cline,” August 25-September 10; “Godspell,” September 15-October 1; and “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” October 6-22. Tickets are available now at artistreevt.org, or by calling 802- 457-3500.

“We wanted to open the new theater with a bang!” said Chris Flockton, ArtisTree’s director of theater arts. “And what better way than with four terrific musicals with huge audience appeal?”

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be performed as the culmination of a two-week summer camp by young people, ages 7-18, from all over the Upper Valley. The production is directed by Marc de la Concha.

“Always … Patsy Cline,” a musical tribute to the country legend, is based on the true story of Cline’s relationship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her tragic death in a plane crash in 1963. The show is directed by Maggie Mancinelli Cahill.

The classic musical, “Godspell” was the first major musical theater offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin”). The show is directed by Joey Murray.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” welcomes its audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy are the “Springfield Songleaders.” Fast forward a decade and they reunite to take the stage for their 10-year reunion. With over 30 classic hits from the 1950s and 60s, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and, “It’s My Party!” the show, directed by Gary John La Rosa, is a musical trip down memory lane.

To learn more about the Grange Theater and its new additions to the ArtisTree campus, visit ArtisTreeVT.org.

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