Leah Lavigne

Managing Editor


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Delights

On May 5-9 in Wright Theater, Professor of Theatre Claudio Medeiros ’90 directed Shakespeare’s beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presenting a sparkling bookend to the College’s interdisciplinary winter and spring semester celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Beloved Bach Festival Celebrates 6th Year

Now in its sixth year, The Middlebury Bach Festival returns April 29-May 1 to present its most ambitious array of events spanning artistic mediums and[…]

Vagina Monologues Beyond Convention

On Feb. 25-27 in the Hepburn Zoo, The Vagina Monologues returned in its third consecutive year at the College, but the fresh form and delivery[…]

Traditions to Shine in ISO Spectrum Show

This year’s Saturday, Nov. 21 show, “Spectrum: A Celebration of Diversity,” features over 100 student performers in 20 acts spanning the globe.

Town Hall Broadcasts Hamlet Live

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the Town Hall Theater was one of 1,500 venues around the world that participated in the National Theatre Live broadcast of[…]

Spring Show Expands Campus Discussion

Written in 1891 by German playwright Frank Wedekind to contribute to nationwide discussions and criticisms of the repression of German society and schools, the play is long, cynically dark and often impossible to understand.

Festival Demonstrates Versatility of Bach

On Saturday, April 25, the fifth annual Bach Festival Concert presented a thrilling combination of students, community members and professionals in an enthusiastic display of[…]

Bach Festival Commemorates Five Years

The Middlebury Bach Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary April 24-26 with an original and exciting presentation of musical ensembles and styles celebrating the life and[…]

Nile Project Merges Art and Education

  On Thursday, April 2, the Nile Project’s four-day residency at the College culminated in an engaging, energetic and participatory concert extravaganza that combined education[…]

T-Pain Brings Happy Hour to Midd

Though the announcement did not come as a surprise to many, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) sent out an all-student email on Tuesday, Feb.[…]

Students to Bring Literature to Life

There are few disciplines which naturally complement each other as well as theatre and English, and an exciting inaugural event aims to bridge the literary[…]

Winter Carnival Brings Big Names

To commemorate the 92nd annual Winter Carnival, MCAB’s Traditions Committee organized unique entertainment in the form of comedian Jay Larson, who performs tonight, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. in Wilson Hall.

J-Term Musical Celebrates 10 Years

Few Winter Term traditions enjoy as much student and community popularity as the J-term musical, started a decade ago by Town Hall Theatre (THT) Executive[…]

Science Spotlight: Microgrid Course

J-term is generally recognized as a time for intensive academic exploration of typically non-traditional subjects, and the unique format of the four-week semester allows for[…]

For the Record: Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini

In an era when artists – especially young artists – are increasingly dependent on the success of formulaic three-and-a-half minute singles to spark their careers,[…]

Warhol Prints Find New Home at Midd

Visual art does not produce the kind of recognizable, household names typical of the performing arts – unless, of course, one is referring to Andy[…]

Play Exposes the Vampire in All of Us

On Nov. 20 to 22, the Theatre Department presented its second faculty production of the semester, Englishman Snoo Wilson’s 1973 play, Vampire, in the Seeler Studio Theater.

Vampire is a play about … well, no one really knows. And indeed, after an hour and a half of brash sexual exploration, one very unexpected satanic baby birthed by Mary (yes, that Mary), a terribly profane talking ox, fights between Karl Jung and Sigmund Freud, a maniacally laughing Charles Dickens and two biker boys in underwear, the majority of the audience walked away from the play with at least one brow raised – or, more likely, furrowed. Forget linear plotting and traditional character development – Vampire spans three time periods and locations, moving from 19th century Wales to World War I era England to a rebellious biker group in 1960’s London.

Broadway Comes to Town Hall Theater

One week ago, I saw the Tony-nominated Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s American classic Of Mice and Men – in Middlebury. Due to technological advancements[…]

Mendel Honors Hillel in Family Comedy

Mendel, Inc., a play by playwright David Freedman that explores the early Jewish immigrant experience in New York City, was fully staged at Middlebury after the script spent many years in an uncatalogued Wyoming archive.

Student Theatre Fills the Zoo

Despite a lack of advertising, the Hepburn Zoo hosted a full audience for the Drama Lab on Friday, Oct. 24, presenting six student-written ten-minute plays.[…]

Cocoon Takes Wing with Moth Emcee

On the first Thursday of every month, students fill The Gamut Room in Gifford Hall to hear their peers tell a story as a part[…]

Choir Delivers Passion to La Traviata

On Oct. 3 and 5, the Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM) presented a concert staging of Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at the Town Hall Theater.

DJ Spooky Shatters Musical Boundaries

In honor of the endless technological innovations that shape the way the College community communicates, learns and engages, the 2014 Clifford Symposium centered on the[…]

Students Reinvent Narrative Storytelling

At the end of last semester, the artists behind The Storytold Project were gathering momentum to debut a revitalized and reorganized organization at the start[…]

Buying Textbooks in the Internet Age: College Store Works to Compete with Amazon

As students prepare for a new semester, silent competitions between textbook retailers intensify.

College Arts Prepare for Milestone Year

This year, a variety of impressive milestones will be celebrated across many departments, indicating the strong impact the arts have had, and will continue to have, on the College community.

Community Players Visit ‘Almost, Maine’

On May 1-4, the Middlebury Community Players staged John Cariani’s 2004 play Almost, Maine, a series of nine interlocking vignettes about a group in the[…]

Students Bring Stories Alive

Throughout the past semester, brightly colored posters calling for writers, illustrators, graphic designers and “any other interested parties or persons” have graced bulletin boards across[…]

Bach Festival Returns Better Than Ever

Now in its fourth year, The Middlebury Bach Festival is aiming to offer its most diverse and ambitious program to date when the inaugural festival’s[…]

Students Practice Comedy With Molière

A group of 11 students have been combining the rigorous time commitments of staging a theatrical production with the unique challenges of acquiring a new[…]

Musical Players Rock with RENT

Following the highly anticipated J-term production of Les Miserables, members of the College community will have another opportunity to enjoy a popular piece of musical[…]

Matt & Kim to Perform in May

On Friday, May 9, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) will welcome Brooklyn-based alt-indie band Matt & Kim to perform the 2014 Spring Concert. Due[…]

String Quartet Performs Beethoven

The College’s Performing Arts Series will continue its tradition of bringing world-class artists to the community tonight, March 13, when the Elias String Quartet presents[…]

College Celebrates Museum’s Connection to ’12 Years a Slave’

The 2013 Steve McQueen film “12 Years a Slave” won three Oscars at the 86th Annual Academy Awards earlier this week, including the coveted Best[…]

Julliard President to Speak on Steinway

The dedication of a new Steinway concert grand piano brings President of the Julliard School, Dr. Joseph Polisi, to the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center[…]

Vagina Monologues Open Taboo Discussion

Let’s talk about vaginas. Or, rather, let’s talk about The Vagina Monologues, a student produced play performed on Valentine’s Day in the Hepburn Zoo.

Middlebury Brings New Life to Classic

The Town Hall Theater presented its eighth J-term musical, the legendary Les Miserables, to four packed crowds Jan. 23-26. This collaboration between the Town Hall[…]

Languages Evoke Emotions in ‘Pentecost’

The Department of Theatre and Dance presented an ambitious, large scale production of David Edgar’s Pentecost, an enviably clever play combining high art and international relations.

Boston Marriage Farcically Explores Love

The play “Boston Marriage,” senior acting work of Meghan Leathers 13.5 and Christina Fox 13.5, enjoyed a Nov. 14-16 run in the Hepburn Zoo.

Vinegar Tom Disturbs, Bewitches

The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrated Halloween with a presentation of Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom, a subversive tale of witchcraft and female power running from Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

Chance Lyrics Spark Student Animosity

At the age of 20, most people are still thinking about what they want to do when they “grow up.” This is not the case[…]

Angelique Kidjo Inspires Audiences

  Filling Nelson Arena with pure, raw and powerful vocals, Angelique Kidjo asserted her musical abilities from the first spine-tingling note of her Oct. 3[…]

Controversial Sculpture Returns to Campus

This sculpture is a part of the current Museum of Art exhibition Vito Acconci: Thinking Space, and it carries a controversial 30-year history at the College.

Angelique Kidjo to Perform at the College

African pop diva Angelique Kidjo recently brought an international crowd of 7,000 people to their feet, dancing together to an upbeat song about global peace[…]

Fall Season at Midd. Promises Arts for All

Middlebury has always exposed students to a unique mixture of the arts, boasting world class performances and exhibitions alongside inspired faculty and student artists, but[…]

Dancers Excite with Improvised Style

On May 3 and 4 an ensemble of dancers and musicians presented “Music, Dance, Light: Performance Improvisation” at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for[…]

College Celebrates the Life and Work of Bach with Third Annual Festival

The third annual Middlebury Bach Festival celebrated the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach with a variety of concerts and information sessions April 26-28. […]

College Plans Third Annual Bach Festival

This weekend, the Middlebury Bach Festival will celebrate its third year, offering a variety of events about the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach[…]

Festival Reinvents the Cinderella Story

  The tale of Cinderella is one well known throughout the world.  In the classic story, a fairy godmother transforms Cinderella into a beautiful girl,[…]

Escher String Quartet Draws Inspiration from the Classics

The Escher String Quartet dazzled a packed house on Friday, March 8 at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts Concert Hall.  The[…]

For the Record: Gotye, Making Mirrors

We probably all know Gotye as the guy who sings “Somebody That I Used to Know”—the song that permeated radio, commercials and karaoke nights in[…]

Play On! Put On a Show Within A Show

If you’re looking for some laughs this weekend, a local production by the Middlebury Community Players won’t disappoint.  They are presenting the hilarious show Play[…]

Booking It: The Imperfectionists

The Imperfectionists, the bold debut novel from Tom Rachman, appears to be a story about a failing English language newspaper in Rome, destined to fade[…]