The Spidey Project

Spotted Pup Productions, which ran a staging of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog last year, is back with a new musical project: The Spidey Project! Founded in 2011 by Noa Saunders, the production company is designed to “create opportunities for young artists, produce high quality shows, and build connections with the community.”

The Spidey project “is an unauthorized musical parody created in the wake of the extended preview performances of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was criticized for its excessive delays, bloating budget, and cast injuries.”

Spotted Pup is also delighted to announce THE SPIDEY PROJECT marks Nate Venet’s directorial debut. The show consists of a cast of seven local high school and college students and a live band. Saunders says, “Nate and the cast have been incredible, working so hard on every aspect of the production. I’m also very lucky to have fantastic support from many adults, including our sponsors: John Canning and PCC, Bill Reed Voice Studio, Tanya Lee Stone, Associates in Orthodontics, and Northfield Savings Bank. I could not do this without the support of so many people!”

The play will begin on at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theater on December 12th with two shows at 7 and 9pm, with additional shows on Saturday, December 13th at 7 pm and 9 pm, and Sunday, December 14th at 6 pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are encouraged. Donations will be accepted for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Vermont.

Reserve your tickets here.

Grottoblaster @ Goddard College

This looks like a really interesting show that’s coming up later this month at Goddard College: Grottoblaster. It’s run by the folks at the Cartboard Teck Instatute, so you know it’ll be an entertaining time. Here’s the description:

Grottoblaster is an immersive puppet show, live video game, hip hop concert, and house party all rolled into one fantastic spectacle. Your task, as the audience/player, is to guide the heroes- Skelly the Spellbinder and Duggha Trench, through the grotto, while avoiding dangerous perils that may lurk around every stalagmite. Can you find your way through the labyrinth? Use the map! Or maybe those petroglyphs will provide? Will Skelly be able to unlock the Abracatablet before Duggha Trench gets devoured by Distractnids? Cardboard arcade games may give you enough tickets to purchase a cardboard Potion of Unlimited Investibility. Projections, puppets, caves, ciphers, and freak style unrapping battles all add to the confusion.

Tickets are $15 in advance online, $20 at the door.


Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time

An adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz will be staged at the Main Street Performing Arts Center in Burlington’s Waterfront by the Saints and Poets Production Company.

The Saints & Poets Production Company (Peter Pan, Charlotte’s Web) presents Susan Zeder’s stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s third tale of the adventures in Oz. This modern fantasy explores the relationship between a now teenage Dorothy and her elderly Uncle Henry as they travel to Australia, only to be transported back to Oz during a violent storm. There they encounter a strange clock-man, a wisecracking chicken, some wacky wheeled creatures, a pair of vicious villains, and the kind and powerful Ozma. Brought to life with a combination of live actors and puppets by the Burlington area’s acclaimed puppet theatre company, Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time is suitable for audience members ages 6 and up.

The play will run from May 8th through May 18th:

05/08/14 7:00 PM
05/09/14 7:00 PM
05/10/14 2:00 PM
05/10/14 7:00 PM
05/11/14 2:00 PM

05/15/14 7:00 PM
05/16/14 7:00 PM
05/17/14 2:00 PM
05/17/14 7:00 PM
05/18/14 2:00 PM

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased through the Flynn Theater.

The Quarry


This looks like a promising show at the Flynn: The Quarry. Put on by the Vermont Stage Company, it follows a town after a mysterious discovery in a nearby quarry. The play will run from April 23rd through May 11th at the FlynnSpace in Burlington.

Here’s the description:

An eerie discovery is made in the marble quarry of the Vermont town where Jean has spent her life – and now everything is changing. For the first time, she scrutinizes the complex and intertwining lives of her neighbors, all of whom are trying to keep it together as they are increasingly mystified by the goings-on in the rocky domain beneath their feet.

This World Premiere combines original live music with panoply of characters to create a world that explores unconventional relationships, notions of home, aging, Vermont geology, love, guilt, second chances, and the wide-ranging powers of the unknown.

The play is written by Greg Pierce with music from Randal Pierce.

Here’s a preview:

The play premieres today, and will run on the following dates at the FlynnSpace in Burlington:

  • 04/23/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/24/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/25/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/26/14 2:00 PM
  • 04/26/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/27/14 2:00 PM
  • 04/30/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/01/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/02/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/03/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/04/14 2:00 PM
  • 05/07/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/08/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/09/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/10/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/11/14 2:00 PM

Ticket prices are $32 for Adults and $28.80 for Students. Prices for shows on Friday and Saturday night are $37.50 for adults and $33.75 for students.

More details here. Buy tickets here.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in Vermont!

This was just brought to our attention: there’s a stage version of Joss Whedon’s fantastic musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog coming to Tunbridge, Vermont this weekend!

Most musicals feature a hero who fights against a despicable bad guy to accomplish an audience-accepted goal. But Vermont Teen Theatre; an affiliate of the White River Valley Players; is set to produce a musical with a different vibe; Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; adapted for the stage by Randolph and Tunbridge directors Cobalt Tolbert and Liz Mulvey from a 2008 online miniseries. Performances will be Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday March 18 at noon. Admission is free with donations going toward Vermont Teen Theatre’s recovery efforts from hurricane damage. The tragicomedy centers on Dr Horrible’s humorously conflicted journey to become an official Supervillain. Along the way; he struggles to talk to his crush; and to defeat the obnoxious town Superhero; Captain Hammer. Expect a campy mix of light-to-hard rock music; unpredictable romance; touching segments and tongue-in-cheek absurdity; with plenty of laughs throughout; featuring teens from all across Central Vermont. Be advised–a few jokes may not be suitable for those under middle school age.

The play will have three showings at the Tunbridge Town Hall, in Tunbridge, Vermont:

Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 12:00 p.m.

Be there: it’s a fantastic story!

“Photograph 51”

Part of the Flynn’s Student Matinee Series, Photograph 51 is a production that has been going on for part of this week already. With continuing performances tonight, and October 11th and 18th, the play focuses on the drama surrounding the first discovery of DNA. Here’s the description from the Flynn’s website:

The true story of female scientist Rosalind Franklin, who was the first to discover and photograph the two strands in DNA’s double helix. A casual conspiracy amongst her male colleagues led to theft of both the photo and the credit for the discovery, which has henceforth been attributed mainly to Watson and Crick. This intriguing portrait of a remarkable woman takes important steps toward giving Dr. Rosalind Franklin the fame she so richly deserved.

Tickets are $12, and can be purchased here.

The Intergalactic Nemesis

"The Intergalactic Nemesis"

A very cool sounding play is coming to the Flynn Theater: The Intergalactic Nemesis, a so-called live-action graphic novel. Here’s the description from the Flynn Theater’s website:

The year is 1933. Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. This period sci-fi/horror/suspense/ comedy/romance is presented for all ages and in a fresh new format. As three actors, one Foley artist, and a keyboardist perform live voices, sound effects, and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, high-resolution, mind-blowing comic book images blast from the screen. The Intergalactic Nemesis is a hilarious, uplifting adventure of heroes-by-circumstance overcoming impossible odds.

The play will be showing on the Flynn MainStage early next year, on January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will range from $22-$35 and can be purchased here. The show is about to go on tour around the world (soon to be in Australia!), and will be hitting New England on January 7th in Concord, New York City on January 10th, Schenectady January 13-15th, before heading downt o Connecticut on January 21st.

Here’s the trailer:

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention –, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)


Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for August 16th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see for schedule. (Writing)
  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands’ & Media That Matters Film Showcase, 7PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Film)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – TRON: Legacy, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘The Aliens’, 7:30PM, Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston. Tickets start at $24. (Theater)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 2PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • Neil Goodwin – The We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, 7PM, Old Town Hall, Brookfield. Donations accepted for the Old Town Hall restoration fund. (Authors)
  • Willard Sterne Randall – Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free; cash bar. (History)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephones, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Green Drinks: CVPS smartPOWER, 7 – 9pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)