Actors Express

Every year Oldcastle’s Actors Express tours elementary schools in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts with an original play for children. The Bank of Bennington has been helpful in making it possible for us to keep the cost to schools very low.
Oldcastle Actors Express - audience

We work with teachers, principals, parents, and children to create shows that are relevant and entertaining for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. We have dealt with topics such as bullying, the environment, the importance of reading, the dangers of smoking, the joys of friendship, and children’s love of animals. Our shows teach valuable lessons while introducing children to the magic of live theatre. New to Oldcastle’s Actors’ Express are Saturday morning shows at the theatre in downtown Bennington. These shows are family friendly and also promote positive messages for kids to walk away with.

Oldcastle Actors Express

Acting 101


Nov. 25th – Jan. 13th

This is a 8 week course – Cost $200.00

  • Monday Night classes are 7-9pm

Space is limited to the first 12.  Call 802-447-0564 to reserve your spot.

Those interested in an Adult Acting Class, whether young or old, experienced or newly interested, can join Oldcastle Theatre Company’s Acting 101 taught by veteran actress, improvisational artist, director and teacher, Christine Decker

“These classes will show how to create characters, develop tricks for memorization and use improvisation to expand the imagination in a safe and fun environment. I’m eager to work with people of all levels of theatre experience as we can all learn and teach through our own life experience. Come and play, we’ll have a great time.” – Christine Decker

Vocal Masterclass Series with Maestro Cailin Marcel Manson

Oct 18th * 7pm – Second Congregational Church

Oct 19th * 3pm – Oldcastle

World-renowned baritone and conductor Cailin Marcel Manson will be partnering with Oldcastle Theatre Company to teach two incredible Vocal Masterclasses in Bennington! Learn from an experienced performer and teacher as you work together to bring out your best performance! A Classical Music Masterclass will be held at the Second Congregational Church on Friday October 18th at 7pm and a Musical Theatre Masterclass will be held at Oldcastle Theatre on Saturday October 19th at 3pm.

Each masterclass will run 2 hours and is limited to 6 singers.
The cost for each Masterclass is $50.

Email for more information about how to register for one or both of these extraordinary classes.

About the instructor: Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone and conductor, a Philadelphia native, has toured as a soloist and master teacher at major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper – Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.
He has also been a guest cantor and soloist at some of the world’s most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Cailin has held positions as Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as Director of Music at The Putney School. He was a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.

Cailin is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, presenter, panelist, and adjudicator for conventions, conferences, competitions, and music festivals. Cailin studied voice performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Cailin Marcel Manson is currently Director of Choral Activities and Music Performance at Clark University, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus and Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society and The Keene Chorale. He is also the Founder and Director of the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts.