Actors in search of Rhyme and Reason
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Performers and crew in “The Phantom Tollbooth,” which will stage this weekend at the Dutton Gym in Townshend.
Performers and crew in “The Phantom Tollbooth,” which will stage this weekend at the Dutton Gym in Townshend.
TOWNSHEND- Leland & Gray Players Summer Performing Arts Exploration 2014 will present a culminating performance Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, in Leland & Gray’s Dutton Gymnasium.

The SPAE 2014 production is “The Phantom Tollbooth,” adapted from Norman Juster’s story by Kauffeld, Fuller, and Wicker.

Milo is a bored boy who doesn’t find any excitement in his world. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears out of the blue in his bedroom directing him to go on through, his eyes are opened to a world of learning, laughing, and bizarre characters. He meets Tock, the literal watchdog, a garden gnome, and Millie, a runaway from the King’s royal court. Together they set out to rescue Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason who’ve been banished from the Kingdom of Wisdom, leaving it in a state of disarray.

Along the way they meet many obstacles and demons, and learn many lessons.

It is an adventure full of song, word plays, and a giant puppet.

Participants include past SPAE-ers Veronica Stevens, Vinnie Ferrizzi, Andrew Tolbert, Ellie Longo, Fairen Stark, Julia Assogba-Slowik, Alice Coyne, Christian Cannella, Maggie Adams, Jessop Burrow. Nicolas Tolbert, and Sam Thibault, joined by new participants Hope Thibault, Sydney Chase, Madison Chase, Avarie Fitzpatrick, Kristen Munson, Izzy Jarvis-Stores. James Jarvis-Stores. Sylvia Stark, Trey Crego, Isabel McCarthy, Peter Broussard, Deven Wicker, Callie Wicker, and Dea Burrow.

SPAE is in its seventh summer offering workshops in music, design, dance, lighting, sound, and puppetry. The program is directed by Karlie Kauffeld, ’09; Abby Wicker, ’02, and Emily Fuller, ‘08. Managed by Leland & Gray Players’ director Ann Landenberger, SPAE’s staff includes alumni Patrick Hauer and Nicole Winot, and and Leland & Gray students Jesse Cannella, Rachael Turner, Kenny Cashman, Nathaniel vanOsdol, Tino Benson, Nastia Stevens, Rebekah Winot, Sage Hall. Workshop leaders include camp staff as well as Leland & Gray music director Ron Kelley; Bread and Puppet puppeteer Cate Kelley; Cassidy Anderson ’11; Sarah Dickson ’12, and Governor’s Institute of Vermont teacher Marcel Freda.

The show will be presented Friday, August 8 at 7 pm, and Saturday, August 9 at 2:30 pm, in the Dutton Gymnasium on Route 30.

Admission is by donation to SPAE, a performing arts program for youth in West River Valley and beyond.

For more information contact Ann Landenberger at or (802) 348-7156.
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