Along with tons of outdoor activities in southern Vermont, there are plenty of things to do that don't involve hiking boots and mountains. One ever-popular activity that's great for the whole family is seeing a play or production at one of our many local playhouses and theatres. From intimate small-stage productions to huge off-Broadway spectaculars, you're certain to find something to enjoy on one of southern Vermont's many stages. Here are a few to get you started.
The Oldcastle Theatre Company — Bennington
Over the last 44 years, the Oldcastle Theatre Company has produced more than 300 plays and productions, including a number of premieres by well-known playwrights. Today the company stands as one of the oldest and most well-known Vermont theatre companies, and their stage is set in an intimate and close space that allows the audience to feel connected to the show. You can even order dinner along with your tickets and get a meal at the nearby Pangaea Fine Dining for two included in the price of your show.
Dorset Theatre Festival — Dorset
While the Dorset Playhouse might look old-fashioned, it's actually home to one of the most vibrant and exciting theatrical productions in the region. The Dorset Theatre Festival presents a number plays each year during their four-month summer season, many of which are new premieres exclusive to the Dorset Playhouse. Shows range from child-friendly productions to intriguing adult fare, so be sure to check ahead and see what will be on the stage during your Vermont visit.
Weston Playhouse — Weston
Billed as Vermont's oldest professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse began producing plays in 1935 and hasn't stopped since. Today the Weston Playhouse uses three stages to produce a diverse summer season of plays, including Broadway-caliber musicals, period dramas and family-friendly fare. The Playhouse also offers a variety of educational opportunities, such as the three-week Broadway Boot Camp, an intensive musical theatre training program for teenagers.
New England Youth Theatre — Brattleboro
Blending acting, education, and fun, the New England Youth Theatre is a combined acting school and playhouse which produces youth-acted and directed plays year round. Alongside the wide range of available acting classes and programs, you can also buy tickets to student-acted shows ranging from unique children's productions to Shakespeare.
If you can't bear the thought of leaving the Green Mountains behind after the final curtain call, you're in luck — spend a couple nights, a week, or the whole season at a comfortable southern Vermont rental home.