Editor of the Reformer:
Coming into early March it appeared that we in Vermont were on the verge of a change. And, so it was. Not only was spring sprung, our state's very own senator, Bernie Sanders, became a major force in the run for the U. S. presidency, but On The Verge, a play written by Eric Overmyer and directed by Brattleboro's Colin Grube, in a quite timely and foretelling fashion, made its debut at the Hooker Dunham Theatre with an adventurous trio of intrepid female explorers leading the cast. Sadie Fischesser, Pat Langille and Shannon Ward did a wonderful job portraying these eccentric world travelers as they passed through a generational time warp on their journey. Ryan Buck was quite resourceful as a quick change artist, keeping these curious women in touch with the outside world throughout their travels, and in the end, capturing the heart of one of these fearless females. The mood throughout the play was set by the Calypso style trombone playing of Riley Goodemote, without which, it would have been a good play. But with it, a great play. So, we thank all of you for the time you put in, above and beyond your jobs and taking care of your families, to bring this piece of art to life here in Brattleboro.
We would also like to thank G. S. Precision, one of Vermont Theatre Company's generous annual sponsors, and in particular Clover Burns; Sam Murphy, the prolific stage manager for OTV; Jon Mack, manager of Hooker Dunham for providing the venue for this play and needed rehearsal time; Steve West at Fearless Computing for donating a computer to the cause; Jim Maxwell and Chris Lenois of our local radio stations; The Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons; Bob Thies, Jennifer Moyse, Alicia Brown, Toma Cerena-Novac and Newton Business.
Also, I would like to thank Mike Jerald, Ian Hefele, Mike Kaufman and Bob Kramsky, all from the board of VTC, for their personal efforts into making this play a success.
And most of all I would like to thank our audience, many of whom are regulars at community theatre performances, for their support and cheerful spirits when they come to our shows.
John Ogorzalek, Producer for On The Verge, actor and VTC board member, March 11
Editor of the Reformer:
Earlier this month the New England Center for Circus Arts wove together local and global performers for a dazzling, Circus Spectacular. Fun, beauty and inspiration were enjoyed by all as we ran away to the circus right here in our hometown theater!
Thanks to our supporters we raised approximately $24,000 for local outreach programs for our community. This will help NECCA continue free workshops at area housing developments, in school shows and winter sports programming and scholarships for students seeking the fitness and creativity that circus arts offers in a non-competitive way.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to acknowledge our lead sponsor, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, with additional support from Backroads Granola, Brattleboro Ford/Subaru, New Chapter, The Works Bakery, Trust Company of Vermont, Whetstone Station and the Vermont Arts Council. We also thank our media sponsors the Brattleboro Reformer and WKVT radio.
We would also like to express appreciation to Jon Potter & Latchis Arts, Jerry Stockman, David Woodberry, Jeff Lewis, Darren Goldsmith, Minuteman Press, Elizabethan Fare, and the many volunteers who gave of their time and services.
Finally, this program would not have been possible without the generous contribution of the performers themselves who came from all over the world to donate their incredible talent and time.
If you missed this show but would like to see another show or make a donation, please see: www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
And hold the date for 2017, the first weekend in March, a whole new Circus Spectacular will be back for our annual fundraising extravaganza!
Kate Anderson, president New England Center for Circus Arts Board, March 10
Editor of the Reformer:
On behalf of all the members, officers, and trustees of the NewBrook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, I am writing to thank and commend the many people and institutions that responded to the destructive fire at the Newfane Café and Creamery on March 2. In subfreezing conditions, over 18 hours or more, fighting a fire that was unusually difficult to get at, personnel and equipment from a total of 17 different fire departments acted with great speed, skill, and order.
In addition, many others unofficially provided first aid, food, shelter, warmth, and other necessities to the firefighters. Because of the complexity of the scene, we know we cannot remember or thank them all here, but we wish in particular to recognize The Newfane Market, Rick's Tavern, WW Building Supply, and the Newfane Town Clerk's Office.
March 2 will be remembered as a very bad day in our community. Maybe there can be some comfort, however, in the knowledge that this misfortune has made a powerful demonstration of the community's generosity, capability, resourcefulness, and resolve.
Todd Lawley, Chief, NewBrook Fire and Rescue, March 16