Events & Current Shows

Tours of the Haskell Opera House

Tours of the opera house are offered mid-May through mid-October during regular library hours, (Tuesdays through Saturday) and follow a set schedule. No tours are offered on Sundays or Mondays. For safety reasons, all visitors to the Opera House must be accompanied by a member of staff. We suggest a donation of $5 per adult for the tour which lasts approximately 25 minutes. Please direct your inquiries about tours to library personnel (802) 873-3022 or (819) 876-2471 ext 202. Tours may be unavailable on the day of a performance.

 WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE LARGE (BUS) GROUPS FOR TOURS.

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Performances/Current Shows


Tickets for all events are available at Catamount Arts 

Haskell Box Office 802-873-3022, ext 205  or 819-876-2471, ext 205

Handicap Accessible and Fully Air Conditioned

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Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

April 24, 25 26 & May 1, 2, & 3

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Set in the early 1940s, Arsenic and Old Lace tells the story of drama critic Mortimer Brewster – a normal, run-of-the-mill guy who is anxious to marry his fiancé (the girl-next-door and a minister’s daughter) Elaine. But standing solidly between Mortimer and matrimonial bliss is the wackiest, weirdest family tree that ever grew. His two sweet aunts, Abby and Martha have developed murder as their favorite hobby. Out of a twisted sense of sympathy, they regularly poison lonely old men with a mixture of arsenic and elderberry wine and then bury them in the cellar. Cousin Teddy sports a pince-nez, a handlebar moustache and regularly charges up San Juan Hill – he truly believes that he is President Theodore Roosevelt.  And horrid brother Jonathan has just arrived from an asylum with a new face (ala Boris Karloff) and a sinister side-kick named Dr. Einstein. It’s “Home Sweet Homicide” as Mortimer tries to thwart the police, conceal a corpse (or 12) curtail anymore killing, and convince Elaine that a wedding with a man who is drowning in such a murky gene pool would lead to nothing but woe. Arsenic and Old Lace is a truly classic comic melodrama, guaranteed to thrill and entertain!

Tickets are $15 Adult ~ $13 Senior/Students ~ $7 Community Circle ~ $2 Discount for MAC and QDF Members

Canadian funds at par. ~ Group rates available upon request.

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

To Purchase tickets: MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street Newport or

Call Catamount Arts: 1-888-757-5559 or

go online Catamount Arts (10% handling/charge card fee).

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P2S POSTER 2015

Page to Stage

May 8 at 7 PM

Produced in conjunction with North Country Union High School, this show brings student work to life for a one night only performance at the Historic Haskell Opera House.

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

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Quintessential Classicals

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Quintessential Classicals VII

Enchanted Afternoon of Song and Dance

Mother’s Day, May 10th at 2 PM

Benefit for the Haskell Free Library & Opera House
Underwritten by Ballet Arts and QNEK Productions

For the Seventh Season the collaborative effort of Ballet Arts and QNEK have created a liaison to benefit the Haskell as well as feature the talent of our youth in the North Country. QNEK Productions in association with Ballet Arts presents the seventh annual Quintessential Classicals program featuring Ballet Arts under the direction of Kathleen McCloskey-Scott  and Vocal Performers under the direction of Lynn Leimer.

 The SONG: Broadway and Beyond

 Vocalist take you on a musical journey from 1930 to present day featuring songs of stage and screen and highlight the vocal talents of our young performers from the US and Canada.

The DANCE: Giselle and Alice

Ballet Arts Part 1 – Giselle

Apparitions, Willis, Myrtha; all main characters in Giselle, Ballet Arts Intermediate Level Dancers will take you on a journey through Act 1 and Act 2 with select Variations from this famous Ballet.Giselle in short; is a romantic Ballet in two acts; first performed in 1841.  The story is set in Germany during the Renaissance.  Giselle is a peasant girl.  She falls in love with Albrecht.  He is a nobleman pretending to be a peasant.  Giselle is shocked to discover that Albrecht is going to marry princess Blithilde.  Her heart breaks and she goes mad and dies.  One night, she rises from the grave.  She wants to protect Albrecht from the Willis.  The Willis are ghostly spirits of dead girls.  They force men to dance to their deaths.

Ballet Arts Part 2 –Alice in Wonderland

Will the real Alice please stand up? What would it be like to fall down a rabbit hole?  Finding yourself in a garden where you encounter crazy caterpillars, talking flowers, and many images of yourself (Alice/s.) Ballet Arts students speak, dance, and move in many unexpected ways sharing this surreal experience with you.   From our youngest dancers to our senior dancers this is a joyful interpretation of the garden from, Alice and Wonderland.

Tickets: $10 Adults ~ $7 Seniors ~ $5 Students 12 and under

Tickets available for purchase at the door or may be may be charged through Catamount Arts Center 115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury 888-757-5559, www.catamountarts.org .  For more information, QNEK Box Office—802-334-2216, Haskell Box Office, 802-873-3022 ext 205. You may also visit us online at www.balletarts.wordpress.com

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Back by Popular Demand

Wood and Belsher

An evening of maritime tunes, songs and fun

Saturday May 16 at 7:30 PM

Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him.  Then a cutting strathspey to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd a total of six reels in a row, all executed with flawless precision, pounding in rhythm, intoxicating in a firing energy, which brings about numbers fits of spontaneous applause from the crow who spring to their feet in ovation immediately at the set’s end. Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house – certainly making us proclaim he is back and he is better than ever….Todd Maclean – Charlottetown Guardian.

With a new CD, rejuvenated energy and enthusiasm, world renowned, Richard Wood, Prince Edward Island fiddler, artist, composer and entertainer has taken on the world once again. Richard has come full circle, not just in his musical career, but from the sheltered innocence as a child prodigy to learning life’s lessons the hard way.

Joining Richard Wood on stage again this year is Gordon Belsher. With a gentle charm that has become his trademark, Belsher versatility, engaging personality and exceptional musicality has earned him the prestigious Music PEI 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Whether playing before Festival crowds or intimate folk settings, Belsher’s talent is extraordinary. Don’t miss these unique and inspiring artists.

He consistently brings 110 percent to the stage and is always thinking foremost of giving the audience the quality show it deserves….Eddy Quinn, the Eastern Graphic

Tickets $20 US or Canadian funds

Purchase online at Catamount Arts

Underwritten in part by Heron’s Path

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Night of Worship with

The Front Range Christian Worship Ensemble

Featuring Alyssa Gosselin and Paul Gandy

with Jake and Kaylee Gosselin

7:00 PM Wednesday, May 20th

Come join the Front Range Christian School Worship Ensemble—featuring Alyssa Gosselin and Paul Gandy with Jake and Kaylee Gosselin—for a night of worship.

Tickets: $3 Advance Tickets & $5 at the door Canadian Funds at Par

 100% of the proceeds are split between United Christian Academy and The Open Door homeless shelter in Montreal.

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ONCE UPON A CLOTHESLINE

By Aurand Harris

Saturday June 27 2:00 pm

Children’s Show 

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Production

Pinno and Pinnette, two clothespins, are getting acquainted while they hold a quilt on the line, when the ugly Black Spider threatens Pinnette! Pinno rises to her defense, but in his eagerness falls to the ground. He is discovered by Mrs. and Junior Ant, and revived by Dr. Beetle with the help of some odd instruments — a saw, an axe, a bicycle pump, and a dinner bell! But no sooner is Pinno revived than Pinnette tumbles into the Spider’s web! It takes all the efforts of Pinno and his hilarious posse to rescue her.

Once Upon a Clothesline celebrates its 70th anniversary and director, Lynn Leimer, is thrilled to mount this wonderful children’s story, as she herself played Junior Ant 50 years ago. Aurand Harris was one of the country’s most popular writers of children’s plays, and was the recipient of many awards including The Chorpenning Playwriting Award and an NEA Fellowship for Creative Writing QNEK Productions Youth Ensemble performs in this delightful tale of whimsey.

Rated G.

Tickets ~ $5.00 General Admission

To Purchase Online Catamount Arts

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

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The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse

July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30 & 31 and August 1 & 2

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
*Thursday at 7:30 PM*
Sundays at 2:00 PM

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

Tickets are $15 Adult ~ $13 Senior/Students ~ $7 Community Circle ~ $2 Discount for MAC and QDF Members

Canadian funds at par. ~ Group rates available upon request.

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

To Purchase tickets: MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street Newport or

Call Catamount Arts: 1-888-757-5559 or

go online Catamount Arts (10% handling/charge card fee).

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Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing

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The Blue Sky Boys

7:30 PM Saturday August 8

 

The third annual Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue once again presents two of Vermont’ top acoustic bands.  Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, featuring Bob’s award-winning songwriting along with the outstanding vocals of Sarah Amos, offers a show full of dynamic picking and wonderful harmonies.  And The Sky Blue Boys – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – return to the Haskell stage with an exciting new program of traditional and original songs and tunes in the duo style of early bluegrass.

Tickets $18 Canadian Funds at Par

Call Catamount Arts: 1-888-757-5559 or

go online Catamount Arts (10% handling/charge card fee).

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Nunsense A Men! 

By Dan Goggin

September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

The Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken take over a high school auditorium to hold a fundraising variety show to raise money to bury several sisters (who were accidentally poisoned by their cook). They must inter the nuns before the health inspector comes and finds the dead nuns in their freezer! Fraught with hilarity, both Catholic and otherwise, we watch as 5 nuns try to perform their planned performance amidst chaos and calamity.

Nunsense A-Men! is basically the original Nunsense show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent.” Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag.”  A whole new layer of comedy surfaces with lines like “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun!” To quote the New York Times: “A change of habit, boy oh, boy!”

Tickets are $15 Adult ~ $13 Senior/Students ~ $7 Community Circle ~ $2 Discount for MAC and QDF Members

Canadian funds at par. ~ Group rates available upon request.

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

To Purchase tickets: MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street Newport or

Call Catamount Arts: 1-888-757-5559 or

go online Catamount Arts (10% handling/charge card fee).

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Made in Vermont Music Festival

4 PM Sunday September 27

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual Made in Vermont Music Festival statewide tour is coming to a town near you!  The program includes two charming Scandinavian miniatures (student poetry will accompany Sibelius’ evocative Suite Mignonne), and two sublime works featuring the violin. Music director Jaime Laredo solos in Mozart’s second violin concerto and is joined by concertmaster Katherine Winterstein for Bach’s Double Concerto. The program also includes our traditional Vermont-themed world premiere, written by Jennifer Jolley.

Tickets: $29/adult ~ $25/senior ~ $15/faculty/staff ~ $10/under 18

And as always $6/VT State College Students.  

Tickets Available for purchase through Catamount Arts

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 Steel Magnolias Media IconQNEK Productions

Steel Magnolias

By Robert Hurling

October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, is where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done.  Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Tickets are $15 Adult ~ $13 Senior/Students ~ $7 Community Circle ~ $2 Discount for MAC and QDF Members

Canadian funds at par. ~ Group rates available upon request.

To Reserve tickets: Call QNEK Box Office 802-334-2216 or visit the QNEK website.

To Purchase tickets: MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street Newport or

Call Catamount Arts: 1-888-757-5559 or

go online Catamount Arts (10% handling/charge card fee).

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