Highland Center for the Arts Names New Executive Director

The Highland Center for the Arts named its new Executive Director in January.  A native of Craftsbury and UVM graduate, Annie Houston brings extensive experience in arts management and administration to the HCA.  Read more about Ms. Houston’s background and experience here:


We welcome her to the Greensboro community!

HCA is currently on a mid-winter break and will re-open on February 6.  A full calendar of events for late winter and early spring is available on their website.  Events include improv comedy classes for teens, Wednesday night movies, T’ai Chi, yoga, as well as music and dance performances.

Highland Center for the Arts Opening Festivities

Finishing touches are being put on the new Highland Center for the Arts, and the anticipation for the grand opening of Greensboro’s new theater is building.  The Highland Center for the Arts released its opening weekend schedule of events this past week.  All events are free and open to the public and include music, theater, the opening of the art gallery, and more.  The schedule for the opening, as well as information on additional events planned for this summer, is available here:


The Highland Center for the Arts Opening Performance with Hazen Union School

Join Hazen Union High School’s drama students — the first actors to set foot on the brand new Highland Center for the Arts Main Stage — for their unique take on Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. The cast and production team for this abbreviated Midsummer is made up of students from Hazen Union High School who are working diligently with Hazen Union’s theater teachers and professional actors and directors from Northern Stage to bring this show to life.  This arts education program is underwritten in its entirety by the Highland Center for the Arts.

Seats are limited! Save your place by emailing [email protected] (include your name, contact information, and number of attendees in your email

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abbreviated!)
By William Shakespeare
April 13, 2017, multiple performance times
At the Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick Street
Greensboro, Vermont 05841

School Performances at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Public Tour of Highland Center for the Arts at 6:00 pm
Public Performance of Midsummer at 7:00 pm (runs 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission)
Free to all; appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Free reception following the show (8:15 pm)

About Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

When run-away couples and a band of hapless actors leave the safety of Athens’ city walls and head to the nearby woods, they are thrown into a magical world of fairies, Kings and Queens, love potions, and a impish sprite who will stop at nothing to create romantic and comic havoc for all. Filled with magic, royal battles, fools in love, and bumbling buffoons, this dream is extremely accessible to the old and young alike

About the Highland Center for the Arts

HCA’s mission is to develop and operate a welcoming venue for assembly, artistic expression, entertainment, education and refreshment. HCA features a state-of-the-art main theater with multiple thrust stage configurations and seating for up to 275 people, a 100-seat small performance space, a full-service café and an art gallery, along with outdoor terraces and support spaces. The campus was designed to provide exceptional opportunities to create, exhibit, view, experience, perform, learn about and talk about art through performances, programs, workshops, festivals, classes and multi-disciplinary events. HCA’s goal is to achieve a balanced, year-round schedule of locally and nationally-sourced performances and events suited to serving the residents and artists living in the Northeast Kingdom. HCA is also committed to developing partnerships with local schools and school districts to enhance arts education and support students’ and families’ participation in the arts.

About Northern Stage

NS, a regional, professional, nonprofit theater company is dedicated to changing lives, one story at a time. Located in White River Junction, Vermont, NS’s intimate 240-seat setting (the new Barrette Center for the Arts), sophisticated productions, and expansive education and outreach programs set the stage for active engagement with all of its community and audience members. Founded in 1997, Northern Stage has offered more than 115 high-quality, professional productions of new works, classics, and musicals. The company celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season this year and annual attendance is now over 30,000.



Pending Act 250 Permit Application in Greensboro

The Highland Center for the Arts Trust (HCAT) submitted a permit application to the Agency of Natural Resources for revisions to the theater complex currently under construction at the corner of Hardwick Street and Center Road.   The application includes proposed changes to the architectural design, hours of operation, café occupancy, roof line, colors, and sign.   Specifically, the application delineates changes in siding material (cement board to shiplap siding that is grey-green in color), roofing colors, and a new sign that will use a native stone unearthed during construction. An amended wastewater permit was issued in April to revise the design flow use allocation for the system and the café now has a waste water permit that will enable it to seat 40. The amended permit will also reduce the number of folding chairs permitted in the theater from 130 to 29 on days when the café is in operation.

The District #7 Commission will evaluate the changes under the ten criteria of Act 250, but it also intends to narrow the scope of the hearing to Criterion #8, which covers aesthetics, unless the Commission decides to expand the scope at or before the hearing.

The public hearing for this application is on September 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Greensboro Town Offices. A site visit will take place before the hearing at 6:15 PM. Participants should meet at the Highland Center for the Arts parking lot. Please be aware that the Act 250 process has established criteria for whom may participate in hearings. Information on this, as well as how to participate if you are not a statutory party or adjoining property owner, is available here:


Details about the application, including PDFs and a narrative explaining the proposed changes, are available for viewing here: https://anrweb.vt.gov/ANR/vtANR/Act250SearchResults.aspx?Num=7R1359-1

Melanie Clarke Named Chair of Highland Center for the Arts Board


Melanie Clarke, a long time summer resident of Greensboro, has been named Chair of the Board of the Highland Center for the Arts, as well as the chair of its Artistic Programming Committee. Melanie joins existing HCAT board members Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Elizabeth and Andrew Brown, and Greensboro resident MacNeil on the Center’s board. To learn more about Melanie and her long career in the arts and nonprofit management, visit https://highlandartsvt.org/highland-center-for-the-arts-announces-chair-of-the-board-of-directors/

September 2 was the last date for Friday afternoon tours of the arts facility. HCAT will be hosting an end-of-season cookout and tour on Saturday, September 17. They will be serving hamburgers, hots dogs, and drinks. This is a rain or shine event, and there is no fee. The festivities begin at noon, and tours will begin at 1 PM.

Please remember that as the Center is an active construction site, visitors can only come during scheduled tours and must follow safety protocols as outlined by the building’s contractors. Closed toe shoes are mandatory and long pants are encouraged.

If you missed the chance for a tour in August, RSVP to this event by email at [email protected], or leave a message at 533-9075.

Important Information about the Mirror Theater Site Visit on Saturday, November 21


The site visit by the Greensboro Development Review Board for the amended conditional use application for the theater project will take place this Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 AM. The amended application and models of the proposed construction are available for review at the Greensboro Town Hall or on the town website at www.greensborovt.org.

We have been asked to provide the following important information about this Saturday’s visit.

  1. For safety reasons, no vehicles will be allowed within the project site.
  1. The fire department has asked that no cars be parked in their lot or on their property. Please park at the ball field or along Hardwick Street.
  1. There will be no active construction activities on Saturday. Hard hats will not be required.  Footwear, however, should be appropriate for a construction site where uneven ground is possible.
  1. Although the site won’t be active on Saturday, this is an ongoing construction area. Engelberth Construction will mark off a path along the current driveway and back around the theater building for participants to use during the visit.  For safety reasons, nobody should stray from the marked pathway.

Greensboro Development Review Board to Consider Amended Conditional Use Application by Greensboro Area Arts Alliance

The Greensboro Development Review Board will review an amended conditional use application by the Greensboro Area Arts Alliance, now known as the Greensboro Performing Arts Center Trust, on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of the Greensboro United Church. The amended application is available for review at the Greensboro Town Hall or on the town website at www.greensborovt.org. A site visit will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Please note that participation in the proceeding on November 30, either in person or in writing, is a prerequisite to the right to make any subsequent appeal to these amendments.

Both the hearing and the site visit are open to the public. Interested persons unable to attend the hearing in person may send a letter to the Development Review Board at the Greensboro Town Clerk’s Office or email ([email protected]).

Photos of the architectural models of the current building design are below. These models are available for viewing at the Greensboro Town Hall during business hours.






Construction Update for The Mirror Theater

Construction of The Mirror Theater is on schedule for completion in early 2017. Foundation work, including footings and foundation walls, is under way. Construction of the waste water system remains ongoing. The water line is complete and repairs to Hardwick Street following blasting and excavation have been finished well in advance of the winter driving season.

Below is a photo taken from the Center Road slightly above the construction site.


Status of Proposed Greensboro Mirror Arts Center

The Mirror arts center has been proposed by the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency (GAAR) to be located on the southwest corner of Breezy Avenue and Hardwick Street. The year ‘round arts center would be for a variety of theatrical, arts and musical performances under the aegis of various local arts organizations. The GAAR has a contract with David Allen, the land owner, to purchase the land for the center.

Read more

The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency announces next years season

After the acclaimed production of The Sound of Music in summer 2012, The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency has announced that it will produce The Music Man by Meredith Wilson in July 2013.

The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her.

The show features classic show tunes like “Ya’ Got Trouble (right here in River City)”, “Seventy Six Trombones” and “Till there was You”.

The 2013 Season is will also present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, and a Shakespeare Benefit and Feast at Mountain View Country Club in late August.

Donations are always Welcome and Always Needed. Gifts should be addressed to Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency and mailed to: Treasurer, Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, Box 304, Greensboro, Vt. 05841.   If you wish to sponsor a play, event, scenery, costumes, musicians, or any other helpful gift, please contact Sabra Jones or James Sowles at Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, 802 533 7487, or email: [email protected].

Circus Smirkus kicks off its anniversary tour on July 1

As always, Circus Smirkus kicks off their season in Greensboro – this year on July 1, 2012, with a 1:00pm and 6:00pm show – and will end its tour on August 18 and 19 with shows at 1:00pm and 6:00pm both days.   All performances are at the Circus Barn on Circus Road (off Craftsbury Road north of Greensboro).  Tickets are available online for all shows.    Call 1-877-764-7587 for tickets

Circus Smirkus  is continuing their tradition of bringing joy and magic to towns all over New England and New York in 2012!   The 2012 show theme is “Topsy Turvy Time Travel!”  where audiences will hop aboard the circus-powered Time Machine  and explore endless eons of fractured fun throughout history and beyond!  For information about Smirkus and the Big Top Tour, go to the website.


The Sound of Music – Casting is announced!

The Cast of The Sound of Music, presented by The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, has been announced.  The production will be July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 in Greensboro at the Performance Tent behind Lakeview Inn.

The Cast is headlined by Marla Schaffel, who played the title role of Jane Eyre on Broadway, garnering a Tony Nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Actress in a musical.

MARIA: Marla Schaffel*
CAPTAIN Von Trapp: Jamie McIntyre
ABBESS: Cara Hill

NUNS (Also Laudate Dominum Chorus)

Sister Berthe:                                   Judy Breit-Meyer
Sister Margaretta:                          Krissie Ohlregge
Sister Sophia:                                   Emilie Stuart
Sister Irmgard:                                 Marie Cloutier
Sister Christina:                               Virginia Lapierre
Sister Clotilde:                                  Sonia Dunbar
Sister Gail:                                          Herself
Sister Bernadette:                           Herself
Sister Divine:                                     Diana Richardson
Sister Remarque:                             Paula Ratchford
Sister Innocente: (postulant)      Mavis Perrin
Sister Helen/Perrin/Guest          Helen Twiss/Alice Perrin/Guest
Sister Vangie                                       Vangie Kelley
Sister Jamesahgurl                           Jim Sowles

Elsa:                                                         Annagret Pollard
Max:                                                        Ed Donlon
Franz:                                                     Ed Stehle
Frau Schmidt:                                     Sonia Dunbar

Rolf:                                                       David Beck*

Ursula:                                                  Diane Richardson
Herr Zeller:                                        Marc Considine
Reichmarshall Marloweger:        Bob Marlowe
Baron Elberfeld:                              Bruce Buckley
Baroness Elberfeld:                        Paula Ratchford
Admiral Von Schraber:                 John Bradshaw

Liesl:                                                     CJ Leede
Freiderich                                           Zachary Wright
Kurt                                                      Miles McIntyre
Louisa 13                                             Mariana Considine
Birgitta 9                                            Abegail Demers
Marta 7                                               Macy Molleur
Gretle                                                  Ruby Lapierre


Emma Locke
Diana Gann
Donlon Boy
Donlon Girl
Charlotte Lapierre
MeKenna Lapierre
McKensie McIntyre
Sylvie Miller

Perrin boy and Mavis band
Gala Morse
Emily Cochran

*Members of Actors Equity