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’The Stuff of Dreams’ will be shown in Guilford

GUILFORD -- "The Stuff of Dreams," a documentary on the 1977 Guilford production of "The Tempest," will be shown on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Guilford Central School. The event is the third in the series of Guilford Movie Nights forming part of the town’s year-long 250th anniversary celebration. Admission is free with donations welcome.

Active from 1975-81, The Monteverdi Players of Guilford became widely known for their imaginative annual outdoor plays held in rural locations of Guilford. Director John Carroll, who also appeared in the lead role of Prospero in "The Tempest," worked with filmmakers Alan and Susan Dater of Marlboro and John Scagliotti of Guilford on this film, which documents the creation of this production, which took place on Sweet Pond in Guilford. Scagliotti will be present on Saturday to introduce the film.

The production of this play involved a large number of creative people from the community. An original score was written by Guilford composer Zeke Hecker and was performed by a small band of musicians. Fantastic sets, costumes and headpieces, characteristic of many Monteverdi productions, were used in the play, which was performed on an "island" near the shore of Sweet Pond, a small state park in Guilford. Mark Fenwick of Guilford created not only this island-stage but also an actual period ship which sailed into view of the audience at the opening. Costumes for the production were by Sue Merton ad Joan Peters, and headpieces by Stacy Morse.

The film was released in 1979, and was shown on public television, both in Vermont and in New York, and has won awards and many admirers. In addition to showing how the production was created, the film includes interviews with Guilford neighbors about their response to the arrival of the artistic community which formed the Monteverdi Players. Toward the close of the movie, a number of scenes from the actual performance are seen.

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For those wishing to have "Dinner and a Movie," all in Guilford, one may attend the early seatings of the Sugar on Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church at 4:30 or 5:45 p.m., (for reservations call 802-257-1819) and then travel the four miles to the school for the film. Admission to the film is free, with donations welcome to support the 250th anniversary, which will also benefit from the sale of popcorn and drinks. For information, visit www.guilford250.com.

Main Street Arts launches comedy film series

SAXTONS RIVER -- Main Street Arts will offer a four-week comedy film series beginning Sunday at 7 p.m., with a showing of the Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator." The series continues with "The Lady Eve" on March 27; "Metropolitan" on April 3; and "Rushmore" on April 10. Admission to any of the films is by donation. Each showing will feature a short pre-film commentary by Christopher Beach, author of "Class, Language, and American Film Comedy." He teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

"The Great Dictator," written, directed, produced by, and starring Chaplin, was released in October 1940. It was Chaplin’s first true talking picture and his most commercially successful. It bitterly satirized Nazism and Adolf Hitler at a time when the United States was still formally at peace with Germany and the Nazi horrors were not yet fully known.

More information about the film series is available by contacting at Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960, MSA@sover.net, or visiting www.MainStreetArts.org.


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