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All Vermont's a Stage

Passions take to the stage and spill out onto the streets. From Broadway-direct theater to circus arts to internationally-ranked classic and contemporary music, there’s something for all ages and interests.
A Chorus Line dance performance.

DANCE

Be moved by the language of dance. Burlington’s Flynn Center presents exiting, newly commissioned performances in its black box theater, while internationally acclaimed productions entertain rapt audiences on the Main Stage. Many more engaging dance programs are performed throughout the year at the Vermont colleges and regional performing arts centers linked below.

Kingsland Bay Mozart Festival.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

When it comes to classical music, summer stages showcase everything from chamber music and symphonies, to Mozart and opera. The internationally respected Marlboro Music Festival features talented emerging artists, while the Manchester Music Festival and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra bring remarkable musicians to perform in uniquely Vermont settings. See what's scheduled by the following Vermont companies.

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Vermont has not only produced its own crop of fine, nationally known musicians like Phish and Grace Potter, but it also lures wonderful visiting artists to Vermont's summer venues. Clubs, concert halls and resorts all book exciting acts featuring jazz, blues, folk, world, rock, hard core, reggae, indie and country. Check out what's going on at these performance venues.

two actors are on stage in clothes from the 1940s

THEATER

Theater companies produce plays ranging from Broadway favorites to those written by Vermont’s established and up-and-coming playwrights. Acclaimed local talent and visiting actors wow audiences in summer festivals like the annual Dorset Theatre Festival. For staged events of another sort, there's the youthful Circus Smirkus that plays to gleeful crowds of all ages, and the bi-annual Puppets in the Green Mountains festival in Brattleboro, featuring puppetry performances far beyond the expected. Learn what these theater companies have planned.

NORTHERN VERMONT

Lamoille County Players ,Hyde Park 
Lyric Theatre Company, Burlington 
St. Michael’s Playhouse, Colchester 
Vermont Stage, Burlington 


CENTRAL VERMONT

Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier 
Middlebury Actors Workshop, Middlebury
Northern Stage, White River Junction 
Unadilla Theatre, Marshfield  


SOUTHERN VERMONT

Dorset Theater Festival, Dorset 
Old Castle Theater Company, Bennington 
Weston Playhouse Theater, Weston