Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington Community Theater at Oldcastle
Jan 28 * 7 pm
Join the Benning-Tones Pop Up Choir on January 28th at 7 pm for a little Madness!
Come learn sing, and perform “Our House (in the middle of the street) by Madness under the direction of Matt Edwards.
$10 covers the cost of your music and the first drink at the bar. No reservation needed. The more the merrier.
BENNINGTON — After nearly a half century of renting space from others, Bennington’s Oldcastle Theatre now owns its current building, the theater company announced.
The building at 331 Main St. was purchased Friday from the Bennington Redevelopment Group and the organization has become the Bennington Performing Arts Center — the Home of Oldcastle Theatre.
The company intends to play a major role in the revitalization of downtown by staging a year-round schedule of entertainment and education offerings. This will include community theater, cabaret theater, films, concerts, acting classes, art exhibits and other events, as well as the professional theater that Oldcastle has staged since 1972.
Conversations From The Green Room
The first thing Eric Peterson, producing artistic director at Oldcastle Theatre, does when he arrives at 331 Main Street each morning is not call actors or read scripts or negotiate for royalties.
Peterson checks on and empties seven buckets that have collected water overnight. These buckets, fortunately, are behind the scenery when Oldcastle presents its plays, but the roof—patched many times—represents a major threat to the building.
The Oldcastle organization, now called Bennington Performing Arts Center—The Home of Oldcastle Theatre, is launching a public campaign to raise $100,000 for a new roof with insulation. The $100,000 goal is the second stage of a $350,000 campaign that includes the purchase of Oldcastle’s home for much of the past decade.
A group of donors contributed $250,000 to acquire the building as part of the Bennington Redevelopment Group transaction in June.
But the roof needs to be replaced. A new roof will include solid insulation between the roof deck and the top membrane. The 1948 building had no roof insulation. The savings from insulation could be more than $6,000 a year on heating and air conditioning.