Our 2017-2018 Daytime Performance Series

Summer is finally in sight! But before you take off on vacation, we hope you’ll take a look at our 2017-2018 season of Daytime Performances, below, to start planning for next year. We encourage you to share this info with teachers, administrators, and families that might be interested in these opportunities.

Below you will find details about our four DPS shows this year, a funding opportunity from the Vermont Arts Council, and our cancellation policy. Reservations can be made at any time by contacting outreach@chandler-arts.org or 802-728-6464.

Enjoy your summer!

New Repertory Theatre presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Thursday, October 5,Ÿ 10 am

All seats $7

For grades 6-12

90 minutes

Harper Lee’s coming of age story set against the backdrop of 1930s’ Alabama explores themes of racial inequality, class, gender, and family. Classic Repertory Company – the New Repertory Theatre’s flagship educational outreach program – delves into this timeless story to ask a question seemingly torn from today’s headlines: What has kept this book in American classrooms for more than 50 years? The 90-minute performance is accompanied by a comprehensive study guide; a pre-show introduction; and a post-show discussion with the cast.

Jon Gailmor presents Be Who You Are: A Concert for Kids

Friday, October 27, 10 am

All seats $7

For grades K-6

1 hour

Celebrated singer-songwriter and folk musician Jon Gailmor is a Vermont and national treasure. In this special, participatory concert for younger children, Jon offers up songs both humorous and thought-provoking, celebrating our shared humanity while encouraging self-expression and the freedom to be who you are. Raucous laughter and spirited sing-alongs are at the heart of any Jon Gailmor performance for children. And who knows – your students may find themselves performing on stage with Jon at some point during the show!

ArtsPower presents Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Friday, January 26, 10 am

All seats $7

For grades 2-6

1 hour

Being a 10-year-old kid is kind of a pain. Having an older sister is really a pain. Being afraid of everything is . . . well, just plain painful!  Sheila Tubman – otherwise known as Sheila the Great – comes of age in ArtsPower’s lively and poignant musical, based on Judy Blume’s popular novel about discovering the person within.

Curriculum Connections:  Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Values-Based.

Lida Winfield presents In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic

Friday, March 23, 10 am

All seats $7

For grades 9-12

1 hour

In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Vermont dancer, choreographer, and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read – an accomplishment that did not occur until her early twenties. This show is a mixture of funny, sad, and ironic moments strung together in a creative, captivating format. Lida’s compelling stage presence expresses her life so clearly that it brings adolescents and adults alike closer to our own inner beings.


The Vermont Arts Council’s Cultural Routes program offers $200 grants to Vermont schools to help underwrite the cost of transportation to arts and cultural events; any remaining funds can be used to subsidize associated field trip expenses. FY2018 applications open August 14. We recommend applying early, as funding is limited.


Please note Chandler’s cancellation policy for school performances:

The show must go on!  Performances will only be canceled and refunds issued if the artist is unable to reach the theater.  Schools will be notified by phone as soon as possible if a performance is cancelled. We do not issue refunds for school snow days or delays. If school is canceled in your district, we will make an effort to transfer your reservations to another grade-appropriate performance, if space is available. Please note that this might not be possible due to our performance schedule.