What’s Playing at the Paramount

April 12, 2012  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland opened on Jan. 16, 1914 and was heralded as one of the finest theatres in America. Top performers traveling via the Rutland Railroad between Montreal and Boston would stop to perform in The Playhouse. Minstrel shows, grand and light opera and vaudeville, and appearances by Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore and The Great Houdini delighted local audiences.

When “talking pictures” came to town, The Playhouse embraced the movie phenomenon, and as a motion picture theatre, was renamed The Paramount in 1931. But paralleling the decline of the film industry, it closed its doors in 1975 and set neglected for nearly a decade.

The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible.

Once again, the Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource. This spring audiences will be treated to the following:

Whose Live Anyway?

May 26 at 7:00p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-54.50

Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis create a show based on improvising comedy sketches and music all based on audience suggestions.

Whose Live Anyway (originally called A Night of Improv) first appeared in 1999 when it sold out two shows in under three hours to very enthusiastic crowds at Vancouver, Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Following its initial success, Whose Line Executive Producer and star Ryan Stiles expanded the number of appearances of the show to include many major cities in the Western U.S. and Canada, where it has remained a consistent sellout. Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions and featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sun., April 22 at 4:00p.m.

Tickets: $19.50 – $29.50

The golden oldies are brought to life again by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ‘40s. Under the direction of Gary Tole, the 19-member band continues to play the original Miller arrangements that keep exciting fans young and old. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is sure to have you dancing in your seat and humming a tune all the way home.

Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center Street in Rutland. For more information, call (802) 775-0903 or visit www.paramountvt.org.

 

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