Even before the lights come up it’s obvious this is a magnificently audacious production.
Seventy six trombones came marching into Woodstock this past week, or at least the rousing Meredith Willson song of the same name from his classic musical The Music Man, which opened last weekend at the Woodstock Playhouse as the repertory theater’s second offering of what’s shaping up to be another spirited season.
Rumors proliferate in Woodstock like botulism in an ancient can of tuna fish. So until it failed to go away, I paid little mind to the one in the headline. A single visit to the town offices, however, and the gossip was at least partially substantiated. Someone named Erin Moran had indeed purchased 24 acres of land under and around one of Woodstock’s less advertised treasures (which occupies approximately 125 acres) for a dollar.
In over an hour of public comments, neighbors of Woodstock Way and Mudd Club Bagel and Coffee Shop, and a host of community members, spoke about trends that have seen more and more commercial projects coming back to the ZBA and town planners, or the town’s building department, after major changes have already been made, asking that they be legalized. Many said it was harming Woodstock’s character. It was time, said one man to loud applause, that a line be drawn.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s playing of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1 was about as fine a version of that piece as I’ve ever heard, vigorous and energetic with powerful accents, appropriately creepy in the second movement, and with very good balance.
Artistic director Matt Mitler said he is fascinated by the mythological archetype of the trickster, an entity who destroys to make way for the new. “In some spiritual practices, it’s considered ‘holy destruction,’” Mitler explained, “from Baldr in the Norse myths to Jesus.” In the search for a text that would embody destruction leading to creation, the company turned to Macbeth. They approach the play’s violence as a kind of ritual combat, designed to create a purifying catharsis for actors and audience. Dzieci Theater Company will present Makbet, their Eastern European-flavored version of the Shakespeare tale of ambition and revenge Saturday, July 7.
Folks who are using our local swimming holes, like Big Deep and Little Deep, have got to stop trashing the places.
The beautiful mountain swimming hole near camping and hiking areas can be quite busy in the summer months. The permits, which are only required on weekends, are available free of charge online.
Woodstock Library trustees have chosen three architects who will compete for a contract to design a new $5 million building.
Clarence Schmidt’s House of Mirrors, a legendary outsider architectural wonder that existed on Woodstock’s Ohayo Mountain from the 1940s into the early 1970s, burning twice during its last half decade, has risen back to life this summer in a New York City art gallery.