Basement Medicine

A terrific performance with a terrible script

Jacob M. Muther and Maddie Anna in a scene outside of the main house party.
February 20, 2020

After watching “Good Kids” put on by Dibden last weekend, all I can say is, “Okay, boomer.” I should preface this and give my congratulations to the cast, who ran well with a poorly written...

Clothes make the woman

(Left to right, top:) Emoji Nightmare, Nikki Champagne, Farrah Nuff; (Bottom) Tom Poodiack
February 20, 2020

Not often in my life do I have experiences that I would call enlightening or rapturous. In the Stearns Performance Space a few Thursdays ago, I had one such experience. The catalyst was a drag show hosted...

Creative Audience offers a widely diverse array of events

Mal Maiz
February 10, 2020

Every semester is jam-packed with interesting and thought-provoking events, and this semester is no exception – however, there are a few changes in the works that will continue to improve the creative...

Brontë: a family affair

A study of the Branwell Bronte original painting, used as a prop in the Dibden performance
November 22, 2019

“Brontë,” directed by Laura Roald, made its debut at Dibden Center for the Arts Nov. 7 -10. Roald has directed a number of plays including “Macbeth” and “Nine” at NVU-Johnson. “Brontë”...

Open Ring Circus dances through the flames in Dibden

Open Ring Circus dances through the flames in Dibden
October 24, 2019

On Oct. 1, the Dibden Center for the Arts welcomed Open Ring Circus to perform “Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project,” an interactive acrobatic and dance production. From the performance’s playbill:...

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Tim Mikovitz, Dibden Center for the Arts tech director
September 20, 2019

Tim Mikovitz, technical director at Dibden Center for the Arts, is excited about the space’s future, in large part due to a new partnership with Catamount Arts. “I think Dibden is or should be the...

It is a glorious thing to watch“Pirates”

May 9, 2019

April 25-28, NVU Johnson’s theatre department put on the comic opera "Pirates of Penzance," directed by Erik Kroncke, a vocal teacher here at NVU-Johnson. I went to the first performance on Thursday,...

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Macbeth and the three witches on the Dibden Stage
February 21, 2019

One of Shakespeare’s best known plays took the stage at Dibden Center for the Arts Feb. 14-17... “Macbeth” was directed by Laura Roald, who previously directed “Nine” also at Dibden. This “Macbeth”...

“Mr. Burns” perplexes despite valiant cast efforts

December 6, 2018

A hush falls over the crowd as four actors march onto the stage, silently taking a seat in dilapidated furniture. The dappled lighting casts star-like shapes across the actors’ faces, the ceiling, and...

Defying expectations in Dibden

Catie Roman and Theron Anderson
November 9, 2018

"Defying Gravity" defied my expectations. "Defying Gravity" was NVU- Johnson student Jessica DeRosa’s senior thesis project for her BA in theater and drama. DeRosa directed the show and gave a brief...

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Kavi Ade and Vision
October 2, 2018

Kavi Ade and Vision are not only mending masculinity, but also spreading mass amounts of inspiration and healing energy one poetry performance at a time. Both of them are nationally recognized poets...

Growing up dyslexic

Lida Winfield
April 26, 2018

On March 27, JSC welcomed Lida Winfield to Dibden to put on her dance performance, “In Search Of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic.” She was born with dyslexia and had trouble coping with everyday life,...

Original play offers unique look at mental illnesses

April 14, 2017

The theater is dark and quiet until white lights suddenly sweep across the stage, accompanied by the sound of a car’s engine. It quiets, white lights shift to red, and the sound of a blinker is heard....

A behind-the-scenes look at “Beauty Queen of Leenane”

March 23, 2017

In the dark, winding halls of the Dibden Center of Performing Arts, Emily Pike, special effects makeup specialist, frantically looks for the gelatin-based prosthetic molding compound she uses to make life-like...

Dark wit and shocking twists in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Dark wit and shocking twists in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”
February 16, 2017

Walking into the Dibden auditorium, it seems as if no one is there. All of the seats are empty and the heavy blue curtains are drawn across the stage. Tentatively, I step onto the stage and am ushered...

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

The cast thanks the crew at the end of the show
November 10, 2016

The works of William Shakespeare are among the most timeless stories in history. They have been reworked and reimagined time and time again, and now “Much Ado About Nothing” has come to the Dibden...

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

Cody Logan leads
May 5, 2016

For their final play of the year, the cast and crew of Dibden brought to life the 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls.” The play’s main story follows a cast of characters living in New York City during...

Dance club performance well-rounded

Cody Logan and Carolyn Larabee dance to “Crazy in Love”
December 17, 2015

This semester’s Johnson State College dance club performance, a campus event always highly anticipated and well-attended by the JSC community, was well-rounded and found a good balance throughout dance...

Gunn’s “12 Angry Men” offers a provocative view of rough justice

Jury members Patrick Monaghan, Shawn Weibel, Neil Bresnahan, Jody Kifner, Sam Lewis, Tim Melville, and Josh Baughn deliberate
December 17, 2015

The Johnson community got a glimpse into the complicated and controversial world of courtroom drama when the classic “12 Angry Men” was performed on the Dibden stage. “12 Angry Men” was written...

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

May 7, 2015

Johnson State College’s Dibden stage became Rydell High in the school’s portrayal of “Grease” April 23-25. Director Patrick Sawyer-Houle sought to bring the musical back to its raunchy and quirky...

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time
April 23, 2015

With dance club being one of the biggest, if not the biggest club on campus, Dibden’s 500 seat capacity auditorium is typically close to packed with the JSC community, family and friends each and every...

Houle can’t wait to grease up Dibden

Patrick Houle
February 18, 2015

An iconic American musical, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s "Grease" will be performed on the Dibden stage April 22-24. Directing the play will be Patrick Houle, JSC alumnus and part-time professor of...

“Amadeus” keeps the wolf gang of sudden complications at bay

Brown and Senesac in a moment of passion
May 8, 2014

A crowd of 48 people filed into Dibden Center for the Arts on Friday, April 25, to witness an interesting rendition of Amadeus, a play by Peter Schaffer, directed by Patrick Houle. Two of the 48 people...

Double Vision at JSC requires a double take

A dancer in the midst of Double Vision
March 27, 2014

Absurdist ballet: that’s the best description of Double Vision’s Mar. 19 performance at Johnson State College. Double Vision was co-created by intermedia artist Sean Clute and choreographer Pauline...

Students expose the NSA, on-stage

March 15, 2014

Torture, murder, and suicide were brought to the Dibden stage Thursday, March 6, with JSC Alum and Burlington playwright Eric Hill’s one act, “Exposé in the NSA.” Hill established his production...

Talent show showcases FUN, “Dancing” and fathers

Chris Austin, a.k.a. Aurora Rosay, in action.
December 10, 2013

Eleven students showcased their talents in the Bentley Auditorium on Wednesday Nov. 20 to a meager crowd of about 20 students and faculty. The show was sponsored by Living for Giving and the JSC Chorale...

Fall musical “Pippin” wonders: Better to burn out than fade away?

A moment from the Broadway revival of
September 11, 2013

Kurt Cobain suggested new adjunct theater professor Patrick Houle should make JSC’s fall musical "Pippin." "I was listening to Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album and I thought of the line in Kurt Cobain’s...

“Into the Woods” fills seats and enchants the people in them

“Into the Woods” fills seats and enchants the people in them
May 3, 2013

“I’m in the wrong story,” the Baker’s Wife (Kate Kendall) said to Prince Charming (Marcus Provost) after an illicit tryst in the woods. Throughout this fractured fairy tale, things that seem out...

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage
April 18, 2013

Once upon a time... they lived happily ever after. Fairy tales should always have a happy ending, right? Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods will try to answer that question as Russ Longtin directs...

Local “Vagina Monologues” coming soon

April 18, 2013

"My vagina is angry!" Several passing college boys snicker, as they peek over their shoulders to see why such an outrageous statement is being screamed from Dewey 132 at 8p.m. on a Friday night. Their...

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