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HOTBALL: A New Vermont MuSICKal

HOTBALL: A New Vermont MuSICKal

by Geof Hewitt & David Schein
Directed by David Schein
Featuring; Dana Block, Monica Callan, Geof Hewitt, David Klein, Donny Osman, David Schein and Jeff Tolbert

HOTBALL is an apocalyptic jugband "muSICKal" set in the not-too-distant & all-too-weird present, featuring 12 songs, squirrel puppets & a cast of actor-musicians.

It’s a blizzard in June at Chaz’s gas station/herb farm, somewhere up North between Burch and Mulard and the snow is coming down like Jell-O shots. Chaz’s old band mate, Logo, seeking shelter, knocks on the door but Chaz doesn’t want to let him in; they haven’t talked for twenty years, since the night of the Herpsvaburger Barn Fire, the night that Becca Bogey mysteriously disappeared. Foul play was, and is, suspected. Meanwhile, constant changes in the weather have the neighborhood squirrels frustrated; they don’t know when to mate, build a nest, have a litter or what? When Oily Herpsvaburger, the third member of ‘the worst band that ever came out of Mulard, “Hotball,”’ shows up, everyone knows that supernatural forces are at work. And when Nor’Man, the Innuit, lands with his helicoptor and the Woman in the Ski Mask with the all-too-familiar tattoo arrives and Chaz’s ex-wife, Trudi, floats in on a cow, the ball starts rolling uphill. From blizzard to flood to drought to fire, disasters compile until 12 songs later, Chaz steps out into a vastly altered landscape, more like Pompeii, (or more recently -Santa Rosa) than the green hills of Mulard that he has known and loved and from which he has never been able to escape. And the squirrels, being squirrels, get it on.

Geof Hewitt is one of Vermont’s best known poets and a much beloved teacher of writing. David Schein is a Vermont native who has made theater all over the world. Geof and David met in the sixties at the University of Iowa Writer’s workshop and since then have collaborated on numerous projects – the Enosburg Medicine Show, The Actualist Conventions in Berkeley , Vermont Poets on Tour, and teaching together at the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts. HOTBALL features well-known Vermont performers Dana Block, Monica Callan, David Klein and Donny Osman and Jeff Tolbert as well as Hewitt and Schein. The staging is open, with funky songs, sweet harmonies and broad and timely comedy. The entertainment temperature will be scorching when HOTBALL burns down the house, starting December 1st at Off Center. Don’t miss it.

Picture: L to R ¬ David Klein, Jeff Tolbert, Donny Osman, Geof Hewitt, David Schein, Monica Callan, Dana Block,
Photo: David Schein

Note time changes - Fri and Sat Dec 1,2 and 8,9 @ 7:30 PM, Sunday Dec 3 & 10 @ 2PM

Time: 12/1/17 7:30pm - 12/10/17 10:00pm
Location: Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington
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Disney's The Little Mermaid

Disney's The Little Mermaid Vermont Arts 2018

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Book by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman
Directed by Chad Larabee
November 15 – January 7

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will delight Northern Stage audiences of all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful tale of love will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Advisory: Appropriate for all ages.

Please note: Advisories are subject to change as our productions go through the rehearsal process. Each parent and child is different; please use your own discretion when deciding what is right for your family.

Time: 11/15/17 7:30pm - 1/7/18 2:00pm
Location: The Barrette Center for the Art, White River Junction