Matching a grant for a new sound system, new theater lights, and more! With singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, opening set by Kris Gruen.
Tickets: $35 online. $40 day of at the door.
The Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College has been awarded a $30,000 matching grant funded by the State of Vermont and administered by the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Cultural Facilities Coalition: Vermont Historic Society, and Vermont Department of Historic Preservation. All proceeds go to the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund.
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About Anaïs Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. As a Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012.
Among her recorded work are four, full-length albums, including 2010′s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown--a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth– and 2012′s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’.
Mitchell has headlined solo and band performances worldwide as well as supporting tours for artists like Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, and the Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown). At the moment, she’s touring with friend and collaborator Jefferson Hamer in support of Child Ballads, a co-arranged collection of traditional Celtic and British Isles ballads.
Mitchell has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. “That’s why,” as one journalist put it, “there’s a sexual ambiguity about her work and why, even in her most intimate moments, she never sounds like a confessional songwriter.”
About the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund
The Haybarn Theatre is the fulcrum for Goddard's arts initiatives and is central to its educational mission. The Theatre currently accommodates 317 standing and 200 seated. This renovation will increase seating capacity to 274, and address all other significant needed improvements to the Haybarn, making it a state-of-the-art venue for decades to come.
Increased use in recent years has made clear the need to improve this infrastructure and make the Haybarn more flexible and welcoming as a home for the arts. The existing lighting is decades-old, unwieldy to use, energy-intensive, and unsafe. Existing sound infrastructure, last updated in the 1970s, is minimal (supplementary equipment is rented for public performances). Permanently installed modern sound and lighting will make the Haybarn more useful to performers and more accessible to audiences.
Projected and budgeted renovations include:
- Lighting upgrades.
- Sound upgrades to include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant improvements for hearing-impaired users.
- The creation of ADA compliant bathroom facilities.
- Renovations to the entryway, primarily moving the door (currently on one side) to a central point in the foyer, lined up with the stairs into the hall, to improve the flow of foot traffic.
- High-quality, whisper-quiet fans, built into the exterior walls, to effectively move warm air out and cool air in, making the venue viable, for the first time, for large-scale public events during the warm summer months. (This will greatly increase its use by the community, including the monthly concert series, whose summer events have been held outdoors, in rented tent space.)
With these improvements, The Haybarn Theatre will become more accessible and enjoyable for its diverse, year-round audiences, and for the world-class performers that entertain them; making the Haybarn an even more attractive space for public performances and community events of a scale, scope, and artistic ambition that is unusual for a rural venue.