| Breakfast: ||Available from 7:00am. Enjoy a tasty full buffet in our private dining room. Buffet may include eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There may also be yogurt, fruits, or cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included
| Morning: ||PRESENTATION: This morning, we visit the Paramount Theatre to learn about the elegance and history of this century old theater.
In the early part of the 20th century, many called The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland, Vermont one of the finest theatres in America and very few, reportedly, were more artistically designed or appointed. Built in 1912 & 1913 by George T. Chaffee. The Theatre opened on January 16, 1914.
The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible.
Once again, the Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural, and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource.|
| Lunch: ||Enjoy a lovely lunch served at the hotel.|
| Afternoon: ||FIELD TRIP: Today we travel to Manchester, VT and go to the Dorset Playhouse for a behind the scenes exploration of this wonderful theatre.|
| Dinner: ||A wonderful three course dinner will be served at one of the many restaurants that can be found in Manchester.|
| Evening: ||PERFORMANCE: Tonight we take in a show at the Dorset Theatre Festival. We will update you with the play title as soon as it becomes available.
On July 2, 1929, The Dorset Playhouse officially opened. In typical Vermont style, the building of this lovely theatre was a true community effort and included the use of three local barns in its construction! Since the 1930's, Under the passionate and energetic artistic leadership of Jill and John, DTF flourished for many decades and served as a launching ground for new playwrights, a training ground for new talent, and home for a truly beloved group of theatre professionals who helped make DTF the fixture it has become for these past 35 years. There are many who stand out in this history, but we would be remiss if we did not mention in particular the late John Morrison whose contribution was invaluable.
Since 2001, and a $3 million restoration to the building, DTF has continued to thrive and prosper. John Nassivera took over the reigns after the death of the irreplaceable Jill Charles, and in 2007 he passed the baton to acclaimed Keen Company director Carl Forsman who continued the stellar tradition of producing top quality professional theatre in Southern Vermont for three seasons.
Summer 2010 the Dorset Theatre Festival marked its 35th year anniversary with an exciting new Artistic Director, Dina Janis. Dina would like to begin this new decade by giving a genuine thanks to all who have supported DTF through the years: the actors, directors, playwrights, designers, apprentices and interns, our dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees, our incredibly generous donors, local businesses that have always supported us, and of course our loyal audience; for without you, DTF would not exist.
Every effort will be made to attend a pre or post show talk with members of the artistic staff and performers.|