Green Mountain Festival Series Feb. 6 Performances Feature Sam & Barbara Lloyd in Love Letters & Dancer Ashley Hensel-Browning

The Green Mountain Festival Series offers up the perfect Valentine's Day gift as we continue our 25th season with a Feb. 6 performance at 7:30 p.m. by three local artists at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester.

Married actors and community favorites, Sam and Barbara Lloyd, will perform in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" a beautifully written play which follows the lives of a man and a woman solely through their correspondence.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the play features just two characters and chronicles their relationship through 50 years of hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, love lost and love found, all through their letters to each other.

On stage will be two Vermont treasures Sam and Barbara Lloyd, members of the Weston Playhouse Theater Company. Having acted on Broadway as well as with many New England Regional theaters, the Lloyds say they are "delighted to be a part of this celebration of 25 years for the Green Mountain Festival Series.

We feel that the health of a community is measured in a large part by the degree to which its members support its artistic endeavors" and they are looking forward to being on stage together again.

Also performing will be dancer Ashley Hensel-Browning who attended Green Mountain Union High School. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and a Master's degree from Harvard University, Hensel-Browning worked as a teaching assistant at the Boston Ballet's CityDance program and was chosen to be one of two Vermont Fellows for the "Extending the Dance Map" project.

Already active in area schools as a visiting artist, Hensel-Browning has taught movement, choreography and works with students to develop independent studies of dance history and culture. Joined for this event by artistic partner Zoe McDonnell, the two will perform a piece which they choreographed and will include several student dancers.

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