Theater 2018 Summer Season
Gypsy - July 18-29 Always...Patsy Cline - August 1-12
Weds-Sun, July 18-22
Weds-Sun, July 25-29
All performances at 8 pm.
Ann Harvey as Rose
Clarise and Victoria Fearn as Louise and June
Nicholas Caycedo as Tulsa
and Peter Boynton as Herbie
Co-Directed by Nick Corley and Peter Boynton
Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Gypsy is famous for helping launch lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s career, and features a book by Arthur Laurents that is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional “book musical.” At the heart of the musical is the gregarious Rose, whose journey made critic Frank Rich call Gypsy, “Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”
Weds-Sun, August 1-5
Weds-Sun, August 8-12
All performances at 8 pm.
Katy Blake as Patsy Cline
Mary Wheeler as Louise Seger
Directed by Peter Boynton
"Always…Patsy Cline" has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. “Always…Patsy Cline” has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia.
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
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Thanks in advance! • Peter Boynton, Artistic Director
Each summer Jono Mainelli and Nick Corley join Peter Boynton to present summer theater at The Skinner Barn. This formidable trio of friends and Broadway colleagues create exeptional theater productions for our Mad River Valley and central Vermont audiences.
Posters from our 2003-2015 productions. Click on a poster to enlarge it. Click HERE to see show photos.