MIDDLEBURY-The three days of peace, free love and rock-and-roll that came to define part of a generation are coming to Middlebury's Town Hall Theater, as "Middlebury Does Woodstock" recreates the most famous rock concert of all time.
"Middlebury Does Woodstock" follows two similar concerts that were smash hits for the theater. It started with "Middlebury Does Motown", which played to sold-out houses and had the audience literally dancing in the aisles. Then came "Middlebury Does the History of Rock-and-Roll", which not only sold out the theater but played later that year at Middlebury's Festival-on-the-Green.
"The key to these concerts is the local angle," said THT executive director Douglas Anderson. "We put together a great band, headed by Chuck Miller, and then find people in the community to sing these great tunes."
Anderson believes that inside everyone is a rock star trying to get out.
"It's amazing. Someone like Deb Tier, who's a teacher by day, comes out and does Tina Turner so well you can't quite believe your ears. You think, well, this woman could've had a professional career. And there are many people like that in the area," he said.
Featured in this year's production are Don Arnold, Deb Brisson, Tony Cacciatore, Kendra Gratton, Leigh Guptill, Deb Tier, and Sam Trudel, who will also M.C.
They'll be singing the music of Joan Baez, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more artists who played the fabled concert.
Middlebury Does Woodstock will play three nights only: Thursday-Saturday, June 17-19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17, and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, at the THT Box Office (Mon-Sun, noon-5 p.m.) or at the door, if available.