Monday March 11, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

On February 24, Latchis Arts and Brattleboro celebrated Hollywood in a big way, with the first annual broadcast of the Academy Awards on our big screen (I think after the fact we can now utter the name!), and it was a blast. Hundreds joined to celebrate the best movies of 2012, walking the red carpet greeted by paparazzi and pressed for live interviews. Prizes were drawn for naming the big winners and also for looking as glamorous as movie stars. We applaud all who dressed up and came out to support Latchis Arts.

Standing ovations are due the sponsors and volunteers who worked behind the scenes and in front of the camera to make this event such a success. As every award winner knows, along with our mothers, there are many who help us get where we need to go.

We would like to thank our sponsors without whose generosity we would not have reached our goals that night: Beck’s Studio Hair Design, Miranda’s on Main, Offerings Jewelry, Mondo Mediaworks, Minuteman Press, The Bridal Boutique at Taylor for Flowers, WVEW Steve Twiss, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Windham Wines, G. Housen, The Commons, Latchis Hotel and Theatre, Woodward Photography, Adivasi, BCTV, The Desha Show, Vermont Country Deli, Renaissance Jewelers and the Putney Inn.


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Thanks to our planning crew: Leah McGrath Goodman, Elizabeth Bissell, Patty Krasner, Kathleen Hawes, Darren Goldsmith, Jonathan Jensen, and David Evans; and to event stars Desha Peacock, Suzanne Kingsbury, Alfred Hughes, Wyatt Andrews, Lulu Lovering, Mary Clare Bissell, Anthony Parmenter, Dalia Shevin, Sandra Cunningham, Sara Phillips, Debby Bailey, Nick Bailey, Randi Ziter, Ellen Keelan, Victoria Chertok, Joe LoMonaco, Sharon Snider, Thomas Romard, Dianne Cummings and Savannah Baldwin, Margery McCrum, and Alva-Jean Unwin.

A big round of applause to the student servers and backstage helpers. From BUHS: Benson May, Gideon May, Scott Romo, Miranda McLoughlin, Dorothy Kinney-Landis, Mesa Kennedy, Meyru Bhanti, Tana Bhanti, and Stella Silverman.

From Landmark College: Aaron Kahn-Bork, Eliot Abrams.

Latchis Arts plans to make this an annual event, so as soon as we know the 2014 broadcast date, we’ll let you know!

Anne Latchis, Board of Latchis Arts

Brattleboro, Feb. 27 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of Vermont Theatre Company and its Board of Trustees I would like to thank all involved in making The Woman in Black an amazing production.

Community theater takes dedication, love, drive, and passion. It is a hobby that brings people together around a common goal - making art. I am truly grateful to all who made this production a success.

The actors dedicated quite a bit of rehearsal time, missing dinners with families, outings with friends, classes, and birthdays. Richard Epstein returned to his old haunts at the Hooker Dunham Theatre to rehearse and perform a role of astounding complexity and depth, that of Arthur Kipps. Impressively, Kipps becomes an actor and takes on. Clark Glennon leapt into his premier role with Vermont Theatre Company, after spending many of his formative years building skills and experience on the New England Youth Theatre stage. Zoe Perra and Sarah Craver gracefully and silently performed the role of the mysterious woman in black without so much as receiving credit in the playbill, to preserve an air of mystery for the audience around her haunting appearances.

The daunting task of taking a West End extravaganza production and wheedling it down to the appropriate size for the Hooker Dunham Theatre was taken on by the multi-talented Technical Director, James Gelter. The special effects and the eerie atmosphere were captured perfectly by his design and execution of it.

Kate Maisner, a Brattleboro Union High School senior, and junior trustee of Vermont Theatre Company board of trustees, developed her skills as a meticulous and organized stage manager - a job she hopes to pursue in the professional world soon!

Many of the props and technical effects could not have existed without the experience and know-how of Katia Morosan, the production assistant.

Tyler LaTulippe Haselton, another BUHS student, brought his unflagging dedication and artistry to the construction of the complex Victorian mourning garb worn by the woman in black, making identical costumes for Zoe and Sarah.

Brought in at the last minute, Noah Richardson Smith composed a score of music that was at once lyrical and unsettling, bringing his energy and talents to an enormous set of sound cues that made the atmosphere of the play come alive in the audience’s imagination.

Community volunteers Michael Jerald & Jim Bombicino helped to build the streamlined set.

In an effort to join forces with Gallery Walk and the local visual arts scene, VTC reached out to David Mazor, a photography teacher at BUHS. To build excitement for a thrilling ghost play, the Gallery of the Hooker Dunham Theater was filled with "Dark Art" created by Mazor’s advanced photography students.

Finally, as director of The Woman in Black, and as president of the Vermont Theatre Company, I would like to thank the board of trustees for putting their time and energy into this production. Without their support, organization, and man-power, shows like this would not be possible.

We hope you are able to join us for our next production: Deathtrap! directed by Ben Stockman in late May.

Bravo, Encore, and Thank you!

Jessica Callahan Gelter,

president of the Board of Trustees

Vermont Theatre Company, March 6

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Editor of the Reformer:

We wish to thank our friends, neighbors, the community and surrounding communities for their donations toward our recovery after losing our home to a fire on Jan. 23.

Billy and Lynda Covey

West Brattleboro, March 4

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Editor of the Reformer:

It was certainly a hot show for a cold weekend at New England Center for Circus Art’s annual Circus Spectacular. Thanks to our community we raised about $21,000 for local outreach programs. In particular we’d like to acknowledge our lead sponsor, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, as well as Price Chopper, The Trust Company of Vermont and Brattleboro Subaru. Special thanks to Karen Gersh, www.artbykeg.info, for the artwork in the Gallery and her donations.

We are also appreciative of donations from Green Mountain Coffee, Vermont Country Deli, Mocha Joe’s, Breuggers, Dana B’s Gluten Free Baking, Just Pies, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Holiday Inn Express, Gail Nunziata & Latchis Arts, The Works, Minuteman Press as well as media sponsors WKVT and the Brattleboro Reformer.

Finally, this program would not have been possible without the generous contribution of the performers themselves who came from all over the country and Canada to donate their incredible talent and time. Additionally, over 80 NECCA teachers, students, board members and supporters volunteered their hours to make it possible.

If you missed this show but would like to see another show or make a donation, please see: www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Kerry Secrest, president

New England Center for

Circus Arts Board, March 7