Established in 2003, the mission of Arts Reach is to offer school children experience and education through live performances of various arts genre.
Arts Reach is designed to provide area school children entertaining performances with cultural and racial diversity. This project is unique because it is run in collaboration with the university’s award winning academic course, Soundings, as well as collaborating with Castleton students in researching and writing some of the curriculum guides provided to teachers.
There is no admission charge, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Ashley Haggerty at (802) 468-1227.
Arts Reach performances are not open to the general public unless noted.
Cashore Marionettes, Simple Gifts
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 10 a.m.
Unmatched in artistry, grace, and refinement of movement, the internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East, and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.
The program, Simple Gifts, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing. The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10 a.m.
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 10 a.m.
“Three Goofs is a circus troupe featuring the clowning antics and circus skills of Tom Vazquez, Terry LaCasse and Doug Rougeaux. These three fools perform the standard clown routines we know and love, juggling their own clown egos (and any objects that they can hold on to), and throwing some silly magic and music into the mix, all while attempting to create something huge, fresh and soapy smelling: THE WORLDS BIGGEST BUBBLE!”
Peter and the Wolf
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10 a.m.
Castleton University brings to life the iconic "Peter and the Wolf" score by composer Sergei Prokoviev through live music and dance this February! Follow the story of young Peter as he and his animal friends try to outsmart the devious wolf skulking around his grandfather's house. Each of these unique characters has their own musical theme, delighting audiences through music and movement as Castleton University's own students dance through the story. Music will be performed by students of the Castleton University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Joshua Thompson, choreography by dance professor Maya Kraus, and narration by theatre student Luke McGee. This performance will engage young students and teachers alike!