School of Rock returns

MIDDLEBURY-Shakespeare and Rock & Roll take center stage this summer as Town Hall Theater offers classes and performances for young people.

The popular School of Rock & Roll returns for a second year, from June 27-July 1.

The Grift Band members Clint Bierman, Peter Day and Jeff Vallone join Russ Lawton, Jer Coons and other rockers to work with middle and high school students, leading to an awesome concert at Town Hall Theater on the final day. 

The school i s open to students who have already achieved a level of competence on their instruments.

THT's new education director, Lindsay Pontius, will offer a two-session course on Shakespeare, an exceptional opportunity for serious young actors ages 12-17. Students may take either session, or may take both for a challenging summer immersion in acting.

Act 1: "Speak the Speech" meets Shakespeare on his terms, developing vocal and physical skills as well as comic timing and stage combat technique. This two-week program will be held on weekdays July 11-22, 9:30 am-noon.

Act 2: "The Play's the Thing" explores the world of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with acting, movement, and improvisation, resulting in two rollicking performances at Town Hall Theater July 25-Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Performances will be held Aug. 13-14.

For younger budding actors, age 8-11, The Actor's Trunk offers a world of improvisation and theatrical play that will culminate in a performance Aug. 15-18, 9 a.m.-noon.

For more information, email Lindsay Pontius at education@townhalltheater.org, or call 802-388-1436.

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