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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.
man in white suit and two women in sparkly dresses dancing

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. 

NORTHERN VERMONT

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury   
Flynn Center, Burlington 
Haskell Opera House, Derby Line (seasonal)
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe  
Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes 

CENTRAL VERMONT

Barre Opera House, Barre   
Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph 
Johnson State College Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson 
Middlebury College Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury
Paramount Theatre, Rutland 
Town Hall Theatre, Middlebury

SOUTHERN VERMONT

Bennington Center of the Arts, Bennington  
Castleton State College Fine Arts Center, Castleton 
Latchis Theater, Brattleboro  
Pentangle Arts Council, Woodstock
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
happy musicans

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.

STATEWIDE

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra 

NORTHERN VERMONT

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Burlington 
UVM Lane Series, Burlington 
Vermont Youth Orchestra, Colchester
Opera Company of Middlebury, Middlebury

CENTRAL VERMONT

Capital City Concerts, Montpelier 
Killington Music Festival, Killington (summer)

SOUTHERN VERMONT

Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro
Manchester Music Festival, Manchester
Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro (summer)
Yellow Barn School and Festival, Putney (summer)
blond haired Grace Potter sings into her microphone with lots of emotion

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.

NORTHERN VERMONT

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury  
Flynn Center, Burlington
Haskell Opera House, Derby Line (seasonal)
Higher Ground, South Burlington
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe  
Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes   

CENTRAL VERMONT

Barre Opera House, Barre   
Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph 
Johnson State College Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson 
Town Hall Theatre, Middlebury
Middlebury College Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury
Paramount Theatre, Rutland 

SOUTHERN VERMONT

Bennington Center of the Arts, Bennington  
Castleton State College Fine Arts Center, Castleton 
Latchis Theater, Brattleboro  
Pentangle Arts Council, Woodstock
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
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