Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington Community Theater at Oldcastle
Dec 7th 11am – 2pm
Dec 8th 12pm – 4pm
Bennington Community Theater is holding auditions for their February production of Pat Cook’s “You Have the Right to Remain Dead“. A spoof on the classic mysteries. We are looking for 5 men and 5 women for this production.
Performance dates February 21 – 23
Dec 21st * 7pm – 10PM
The Wine Gala is $50 for early buyers and then $75 after Dec 7th
Dec 7th * 7pm
The Oldcastle Theatre Company’s annual holiday variety featuring music of the season, comedy , and classic, old time radio programs Saturday December 7 at 7 p.m., is adding a silent auction this year to help raise money for a new roof for the theatre . The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with songs by the Bennington County Choral Society in the lobby where punch and holiday delicacies will be served.
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.