RUTLAND - Last Friday and Saturday, the Rutland Youth Theatre Group performed two, Broadway renditions of "Peter Pan The Musical, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The unique production of this kids' classic based on the story of a boy who doesn't want to grow up, featured a live orchestra, flying props and a young group of very enthusiastic young actors.
Director Saskia Hahen Groom hired a company from Tennessee called D2 Flying Effects, who rigged up a flying apparatus at the theatre as to allow kids to fly across the stage and swing from a pendulum during the performances of "I'm Flying", "I Won't Grow Up" and Never, Never Land." After all, what is a performance of Peter Pan without any flying?
The Rutland Youth Theatre Group is part of the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department and is a program that is open to all young people throughout the county - kindergarten through high school - who are interested in acting and the theatre.
In Poultney, the Poultney Theatre Company recently offered two performances of their annual Scrooge & Company, a dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," performed at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY one day, and the Poultney High School Library for the other.
Conceived and directed by Gary Mietrott, his version combines the story words with theatrical movements and embellishments in order to create a more lively and tangible reading for the audience. Donations are encouraged and all proceeds from the events go to the Dick Wright Fund in support of the Poultney High School drama program. Mr. Wright was a part of the first production seven years ago, and passed away in 2007.
Another local Rutland show is directed by Jacob Patorti called "A reflection: An Ensemble Peace of Life, Love and Death," which was written by Patorti and a group of local actors. The show was performed at Merchants Hall last Saturday night.
The performance included singing, poetry and movement, with the audience chairs set up in a rectangular shape around the performers. The actors discussed family issues revolving around the holidays while the audience was also encouraged to participate with the actors by joining in on the conversation . Patorti also plans to use the Merchants Hall for other functions in the future such as other theatrical events, poetry readings, seminars and other social functions such as weddings and business gatherings.
The Opera Theatre of Weston co-artistic directors, Nan Nall and Lise Messier, will also present their twelfth annual "Opera in Winter " production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". Performances are Saturday, Jan. 8 at Rutland's Paramount Theatre at 3 p.m, and then at the Weston Playhouse Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.