Festival Series Features Lloyds, Dancing

The Green Mountain Festival Series continues its 25th season on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester when we welcome three local artists to the stage for a performance that will make a perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Married actors and community favorites, Sam and Barbara Lloyd, will perform in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" a beautifully written play which chronicles the relationship between a man and a woman solely through their correspondence. The play tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd and Melissa Gardner, whose poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence, maturity, and into middle age.

The production traces the lifelong correspondence of the couple, telling the story of their bittersweet relationship in what is said, and left unsaid, in their letters. Both funny and moving, the play was a hit on Broadway. With a huge local following themselves, we look forward to a beautiful performance by Sam and Barbara Lloyd.

Also on stage will be dancer, Ashley Hensel-Browning. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, Hensel-Browning has worked as a teaching artist 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.

Hensel-Browning says she benefited first-hand from the Green Mountain Festival Series and their Arts-in-Education programs.

We wish to thank the underwriters for this show, Bibens Home Center, Chester Rotary Club and Kiosko, Inc. for their longstanding relationships.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for Students when purchased in advance. Tickets are an additional $2.00 when purchased at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Misty Valley Books, Chester; Village Square Books, Bellows Falls; 56 Main Street, Springfield; Blue Sky Trading Company, Ludlow; Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, and Green Mountain Pharmacy, Londonderry.

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