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Open Ring Circus dances through the flames in Dibden

Open Ring Circus dances through the flames in Dibden

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

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: “On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus pitched their tents in Hartford,...

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Ari Erlbaum

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 cultural center of campus,” said Mikovitz. “The heartbeat driving everything…. I really think...

It is a glorious thing to watch“Pirates”

Magnificent Schmidl

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, April 25 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The play takes place in Penzance, which is a town in Cornwall, En...

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Ciarra Annis

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” is an adaption set in a future Scotland after the collapse of the European Union and the...

“Mr. Burns” perplexes despite valiant cast efforts

Danielle Christina

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 the rest of the set as they begin an almost-stinted conversation about a Simpsons episode that they...

Defying expectations in Dibden

Defying expectations in Dibden

Kylie Brown

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 introduction before the play began. DeRosa has been the stage manager of over 20 productions at Johnson ...

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Kylie Brown

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 and they use their performances and writing workshops in schools and other facilities around the country to...

Growing up dyslexic

Growing up dyslexic

Patrick Bell

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, especially at school. She wasn’t able to read until she was in her early 20s, leading to her mother...

Original play offers unique look at mental illnesses

Cayla Fronhofer

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. After a moment, the sounds fade and the play begins. “The Cover of a Book” is an original play...

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

Caroline Loftus

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 burns and injuries. Finding the compound, Pike hurries back to where the crowd of four is. In...

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

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

Cayla Fronhofer

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 behind the curtain by the two people waiting on the platform. “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” was...

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Cayla Fronhofer

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 stage. Directed by Isaac Eddy (“Eurydice”), this version of the play kept Shakespeare’s original...

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

Cayla Fronhofer

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 the roaring era of gangsters and gambling. While the play shows its age in some awkwardly sexist...

Dance club performance well-rounded

Dance club performance well-rounded

Marilyn Tagliavia

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 complexity, energy level and song selection. The show opened with a high energy mash-up of burlesque...

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

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

Briana Morin

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 by Reginald Rose as a play broadcast on television in 1954. It was widely successful and was adapted...

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

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 roots while still giving it an original feel. Those thinking that going back to the roots meant...

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time

Marilyn Tagliavia

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 time that JSC’s dance club holds a show. These shows, which frequently happen during the last couple...

Houle can’t wait to grease up Dibden

Houle can’t wait to grease up Dibden

Chelsea Bingham, Staff Writer

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 performing arts. Houle said he chose the play for a variety of reasons. "My belief is that no musi...

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

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

Kayla Friedrich

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 in the audience brought with them bouquets of flowers for a few of the actors, but ended up leaving...

Double Vision at JSC requires a double take

Double Vision at JSC requires a double take

Thomas Benton

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 Jennings, local residents and husband and wife. Clute’s work has been presented at The Kitchen...

Students expose the NSA, on-stage

Students expose the NSA, on-stage

Kayla Friedrich

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 company, Seeing Redd, upon graduating from Johnson State College in 2012, and has since produced...

Talent show showcases FUN, “Dancing” and fathers

Talent show showcases FUN, “Dancing” and fathers

Lindsay Brown

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 to benefit “Toys for Tots.” Judges for the event included Director of First-Year-Experience...

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

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

Tom Benton

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 suicide note that stated it was better to burn out than to fade away," Houle said. "That’s ...

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

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

Anna Maria Liccione

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 of place continue to confuse, then delight the audience. Steven Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1988...

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage

Anna Maria Liccione

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 what might be his last musical at JSC. "Students have been badgering us about [performing Into the Woods] for ...

Local “Vagina Monologues” coming soon

Liz Beatty-Owens

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 curious glances are met by a room full of laughing women. The chairs in the usually structured classro...

“The American Dream,” Dibden’s best since Shakespeare

“The American Dream,” Dibden’s best since Shakespeare

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013

Only one thing reeked about the Mar. 22 performance of Edward Albee’s "The American Dream": audience members’ pants, half of which were promptly filled at the gargantuan volume of the doorbell sound effect. All stinks aside, "The American Dream" is the best play I’ve seen in Dibden since "A Midsum...

Thompson brings “American Dream” to Dibden

Thompson brings “American Dream” to Dibden

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013

Graduating Senior Liz Thompson will be directing fellow students in a production of "The American Dream," for her senior project, a one-act play written by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Edward Albee. In the preface, Albee explains, "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitut...

Roman Baca: Ballet with bullets

Roman Baca: Ballet with bullets

Kassandra Cousineau

March 14, 2013

"He has a gun!" A man dressed in military fatigues stalks an imaginary enemy down the stairs through the audience. He holds an M16 against his shoulder, finger on the trigger, ready to jerk it backwards. A small red laser darts from the blackened screen on stage to the ceiling. This is a marine. The stage ...

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

Lindsay Brown

March 14, 2013

A spotlight shone center stage, illuminating a empty stool. A timid woman portraying a young girl entered stage right. Students packed the Dibden Center for the Artson Wednesday Feb. 20 to see a one-woman performance of "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, adapted for the stage by Wynn Handman...

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