MANCHESTER - Weston's Steve Stettler will lead an entertaining and informative session on the development of America's unique contribution to the theatre, the musical. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning brings this exciting lecture to Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room on Friday, March 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Following a brief history of the early days of operetta and the Golden Age of Rodgers and Hammerstein, there will be a look at the way that subject matter, cast and orchestration, choreography, and - most significantly - the book and score of musicals have evolved, with samples from such contemporary classics as "Rent," "Next to Normal," "Sweeney Todd," "The Light in the Piazza," "Avenue Q" and "The Book of Mormon."

Stettler is the Producing Artistic Director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. His directing credits range from the world premiere of the chamber version of Adam Guettel's "The Light in the Piazza" at Weston to a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" at the Norwegian state theatre in Oslo. The creator and director of Weston's nationally recognized New Works Programs, Stettler just completed two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is the past co-chair of the Committee for its annual Festival of New Musicals in New York City. Tickets are available for $15 or two for $20.

For more information, contact Karen Dreiblatt at 802-867-0111. Those interested may register online at www.


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