- Colchester Theatre Company
The Colchester Theatre Company is a high school Theatre troupe in Colchester, Vermont, founded in 1977 by John Coon. It has been nominated for and presented with various awards for talent, effort, and commitment.
The Colchester Theatre Company has fallen into a tradition of performing three shows each year, one in the fall, one in the winter, and one in the spring.
While the Theatre Company does perform musicals, they tend to be performed in the fall, since many scheduling conflicts arise between the Theatre Company and the school's Music Department because of various local music festivals during the spring months. However, as no musicals had been performed between 2004 and 2006, an extra effort was made to perform two musicals in the 2006–2007 season: Footloose, and the hit Broadway musical, Grease.
A concept that sits at the foundation of the Colchester Theatre Company's structure is that of ensemble. Casting is based on the way that people interact as the characters in the audition and not on the director's preference of one person over another. There is no distinguishing line between actors and technicians. Those who do not get parts are encouraged, but not required, to perform technical jobs, such as properties, costumes, lighting, sounds, special effects, or advertising, for the show being performed. It gives a good understanding to those participating of how important everyone in a theatre company is to a successful show.
The Colchester Theatre Company annually puts on a no-charge Haunted Forest on the night before Halloween (commonly known as cabbage night,) sponsored by the Colchester Police Department. According to the police, the Haunted Forest has greatly reduced the number of cabbage night crimes.
Also, the Colchester Theatre Company puts on a dinner theatre performance for the Colchester Winter Carnival, usually a "whodunit" murder mystery with audience participation.
From 2001 to 2005, the Colchester Theatre Company hosted an annual non-competitive One-Act Festival called the Champlain Theatre Experience, under the joint guidance of John Coon of Colchester High School and Rod Ross of Winooski High School.
Performances (Incomplete) Year Season Show Dates 2011-2012 Spring May Winter March Fall Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th 2010-2011 Spring The Glass Menagerie May 12th, 13th, 14th Winter A Night of Theatre Magic: Wiley and the Hairy Man, The Fisherman and His Wife, 15-Minute Hamlet March Fall They're Playing Our Song November 2009-2010 Spring The Monkey's Paw, Hello Out There, Selections from Glee May Winter The Foreigner March Fall Godspell November 19, 20, 21 2008-2009 Summer Romance/Romance July Spring Baby (The Musical) May Winter The Night of January 16th March 12, 13, 14 Fall Scapino! November 2007-2008 Spring Little Shop of Horrors May Winter Lovers, The Actor's Nightmare February Fall Dracula November 15, 16, 17 2006-2007 Spring Grease May 17, 18, 19 Winter The Mousetrap February 15, 16, 17 Fall Footloose November 16, 17, 18 2005-2006 Spring Story Theatre May 18, 19, 20 Winter The Complete Works of Shakespeare : Abridged February 23, 24, 25 Fall Blithe Spirit December 8, 9 2004-2005 Spring Barefoot in the Park May 19, 20, 21 Winter No Exit March 19 Fall Midsummer Night's Dream November 18, 19, 20 2003-2004 Spring Dracula May 20, 21, 22 Winter Fifteen-Minute Hamlet Winter Rumpelstiltskin February 7 Fall Godspell 2002-2003 Spring The Crucible Winter The Quiet Place Fall Little Shop Of Horrors
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