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Sleeping Beauty!

Do you like playing pretend, being creative, and having fun? Do you dream of being on stage? Do you love to act, sing, and dance, or want to learn how? Do you want the fun of being part of a professional performance, on stage with lights, costumes, and sets? Are you between the ages of 4-15? Then GAAR’s Musical Theater Training Camp, The Sleeping Beauty, directed by GAAR's own Lily McAteer, is for you! 

For three weeks this summer, experience the fun of putting on a complete musical, The Sleeping Beauty, from start to finish, from casting to rehearsals to performance! Sing and dance your way to a magical kingdom, fight dragons in the Enchanted Forest, and discover if true love really does conquer all!

Camp dates are June 27th - July 15th, culminating in an OPENING performance on July 16thin front of a real audience! Young Artists are encouraged and invited to continue performances on July 23rd, 30th, and August 6th.

With a variety of roles to fill, we have parts for everyone: Handsome Princes, Fairy Godmothers, Kings and Queens, Forest Animals, and the most evil of the evil... Maleficent!

Once the camp begins, we have a lot of fantastic roles to cast:

MALEFICENT, the evil but very intelligent fairy who casts a spell on Princess Aurora. Requires a mature young actress with strong movement ability capable of carrying difficult solos and entire scenes. 

FLORA, the leader of the Fairies, who always knows what to do. Must have strong dancing and vocal ability.

FAUNA, the sweetest of the Fairies. She is the peacemaker. Must have strong dancing and vocal ability.

MERRYWEATHER, the impulsive Fairy who is always getting into a little trouble! Must have strong dancing and vocal ability, and good comedic timing.

KING HUBERT, the father of Prince Phillip. Must be a very good actor.

PRINCE PHILIP, the son of King Hubert, engaged to Princess Aurora. Must be a very good actor, with good movement ability for his sword fight with the dragon!

KING HUBERT, the father of Princess Aurora. Must be a very good actor.

QUEEN STEPHANIE, the mother of Princess Aurora. Must be a very good actor.

KING STEPHAN, the father of Princess Aurora. Must be a very good actor.

YOUNG PRINCE PHILIP, who meets Princess Aurora as a baby. A featured role for a very young actor.

CHORUS OF THE ROYAL COURT. Strong singers and dancers who can create real characters on stage. 

CHORUS OF THE FAERIES, Young singers and dancers who help Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. 

CHORUS OF MALEFICENT'S HENCHMEN,  the funniest characters in the show. Must have strong comedic timing and physical ability - and be able to have fun!

CHORUS OF FOREST ANIMALS, singers of all ages who have good movement ability. Must be able to move like real animals!

Auditions for GAAR’s Musical Theater Training Camp are encouraged, but are not mandatory FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ATTENDED BEFORE OR WHOSE WORK WE KNOW. All who want to attend are welcome! Optional camp auditions, just an opportunity for us to get to know you better before the excitement of the summer begins, will be held Feb. 23rd - Feb. 27th in Greensboro, VT.

No roles within The Sleeping Beauty will be cast from these auditions: AUDITIONS FOR THE SLEEPING BEAUTY WILL BE HELD ONLY WITHIN THE CAMP FROM THE CAMP ATTENDEES. 

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Lovers And Madmen

Thank you to all of our friends who attended our 2016 Season Announcement Party in Boston on January 30th! Held at the beautiful Brookline Country Cluband hosted by our beloved Board Chair Jim Sowles, our well-attended event was a big success!  We’re sharing a few pictures of the fun above. A good time was had by all, with delicious food, wonderful company, and the unveiling of our 2016 Summer Mainstage Season (also announced below in case you missed the festivities)!

If you missed our Boston party, not to fear: SAVE THE DATE! You are invited to GAAR’s Vermont Announcement Party in Greensboro, VT. Come celebrate with us at a potluck supper, on Saturday, February 27th at 7 PM. We’ll announce full casting for the season and the exciting lineup of events like our 3rd Annual Writers’ Forum! GAAR’s Vermont Announcement Party will be held at GAAR Board Chair Jim Sowles’s Farmhouse, 4881 Center Rd., Greensboro, VT. More details to come!

And now, without further ado, we proudly present the plays of 'Lovers and Madmen,' GAAR’s 2016 Summer Mainstage Season:

Annie Get Your Gun, the Broadway hit musical comedy. With lyrics and music by the renowned Irving Berlin, every song is a beloved classic, including, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better),” and “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.” Annie Get Your Gun will star Tony-nominee and GAAR Artist in Residence Marla Schaffel as the eponymous Annie. All other roles are still open. Directed by GAAR Company Member Sean Haberle.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, featuring a fairy kingdom, a man who becomes a donkey, and the triumph of true love - with a little help of magic. Nicole Ansari-Cox, “Queen Gertrude” in GAAR’s 2015 Hamlet, stars. All other roles are still open. Directed by GAAR Associate Artistic Director Charles McAteer.

To Kill A Mockingbird, starring acclaimed actor Sean Haberle (“King Claudius” of GAAR’s 2015 Hamlet) as “Atticus Finch”, with NEK locals and GAAR fan favorites Macy Molleur (Helen Keller in 2014’s Miracle Worker) and Georgie Sowles (Winthrop in 2013’s The Music Man). All other roles are still open. Directed by GAAR Artistic Director Sabra Jones.

The Sleeping Beauty, the culminating show of GAAR’s Kids’ Musical Theater Day Camp that will run season-long. Based on a beloved Disney film’s telling of the classic fairy tale, children will star in every role. Featuring music by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky and George Burns and songs such as “Once Upon a Dream,” audience and performers alike will be transported to a magical kingdom of acting, singing, and dancing. Abigail Demers, now in her 5th season with GAAR, is “Princess Aurora.” All other roles are still open and will be cast from participants in GAAR’s Musical Theater Day Camp.

GAAR will also present a brand new, world premiere one-act play, directed by the renowned Brian Cox of the Royal Shakespeare Company and featuring the exquisite Nicole Ansari-Cox. The proceeds of this performance will benefit a deserving local organization.

Be a part of the magic of GAAR! We are holding open auditions in Greensboro, VT for all shows beginningFebruary 23rd-26th, with callbacks onFebruary 27th. Actors, singers, and dancers of all experience levels and ethnicities (even those new to the stage!) are encouraged to audition. Email us to arrange an audition!

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Sing-Along With Marla And Sean At Lakeview School!


The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency is proud to present a Holiday Benefit and Community Meal for Lakeview Elementary School in Greensboro, VT on December 17th at 5:00 PM in the Lakeview Elementary School Gym.

Performing alongside students of Lakeview Elementary School will be GAAR's artist-in-residence and Tony Nominee Marla Schaffel as well as acclaimed actor Sean Haberle (King Claudius of GAAR’s MainStage 2015 Hamlet). Enjoy excerpts from classic favorites such as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and holiday songs like “Deck the Halls”, “Let It Snow”, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Sterling College is generously partnering with GAAR to provide the community meal.

All proceeds from the evening directly benefit the music program at Lakeview Elementary School. 

Tickets are $5.00 and available at the door or here.

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