Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Bald Mountain Theater presents “There Once Was …” at Spice Studio

Aug. 10-13—ROCHESTER—Bald Mountain Theater is proud to announce the return of its family-friendly event “There Once Was …” with new stories for 2017.
“This is my chance to gather together some of my favorite performers,” said Artistic Director Ethan Bowen, “and unleash them on some of my favorite stories. The emphasis is on creative theater: how does someone ‘fly’ with two sticks and a long piece of fabric? How do we create monsters and three-headed snakes? How do we tell these great stories in the most fun way possible?”
The ensemble of performers hails from Washington, D.C., Boston, Burlington and right out of Rochester, bringing together a wide range of theater and musical talent.
This year the stories are from Chechnya:
“Boyislav, Youngest of Twelve”: Marooned on an island by his jealous brothers, Boyislav enlists the help of a talking horse to guide him on an epic journey.
“The King of the Toads”: A king must right the wrong of a faithless queen who has run off with the King of the Toads.
“Yelena the Wise”: A hero falls in love with the wild Yelena and must pursue her by means of magic and tricks.
Wild, wonderful and playful, “There Once Was …” is a treat for the whole family.
Bald Mountain Theater specializes in developing lesser-known folk and fairy tales into theatrical productions that surprise and challenge audiences. Touring performances of “Hansel and Gretel” and “Puss in Boots” were met with enthusiastic responses in towns across Vermont.
Performances will be held nightly, Aug. 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; plus a matinee Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10.
Spice Studio is located at 482 South Main St., Rochester. For more information, call 802-767 4800 or visit

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