Emmy-winning Mister Chris brings to the stage joy, learning and exploration for the entire family. Children deserve beautiful music that respects their deep emotional intelligence and endless capacity for joy! This is the belief that guides the music and multimedia experience of The Mister Chris and Friends Band. From their homes in Vermont, Caleb, Chris, Emma, Tyler, and a revolving cast of musicians, producers, engineers, and educators are working hard to express the undeniably special experience of early childhood with their songs, videos, and dynamic interactive live performances.

Events are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 

Artist Talk and Reception Saturday, July 17 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Opening includes a book signing and introduction by Carolyn Bauer, Associate Curator, Shelburne Museum.

The Gallery at Highland Center for the Arts is pleased to present Paul Gruhler’s Harmonics: 60 Years of Life in Art from July 16-August 29, 2021. The HCA exhibition will present the early work from his collection–—his Chelsea Series (1963-1978). 

Post World War II, American artists were experimenting with two veins of abstraction – Abstract Expressionism and Geometric Abstraction.  Abstract Expressionism burst onto the scene in the late 1940’s with daring emotionalism, impulsiveness and a signature gestural brushwork. Jackson Pollock (American 1912-1952), Clyfford Still (American, 1904-1980) and Mark Rothko (Lithuanian-American, 1903-1970) created work expressing internal, often existential, perspectives in monumental scale, demonstrating new applications of paint and new technique. A decade later, and in reaction to the Abstract Expressionists, the more distilled, calculated style of Geometric Abstraction, emerged on the art scene. They delivered the antithesis of the action painters’ spontaneous brush strokes. Geometric abstractionists of the mid-twentieth century used a more minimalist, controlled, hard-edge style to unify, simplify and celebrate the basic visual elements of form, line, texture, color, scale and structure. For many geometric abstractionists, such as Agnes Martin (American, 1912-2004), Ellsworth Kelley (American, 1925-2015), and Ad Reinhardt (American, 1913-1967) a final work of art represented a visual sensation, a feeling or idea, divorced from literal representation. Frank Stella (American, b.1936) famously summarized this style: “What you see is what you see.”

Paul Gruhler is a dedicated Geometric Abstractionist. Over 60 years, Gruhler produced an impressive series of paintings, drawings and paper collage demonstrating the hard edged, calculated, flat geometry of this style. Because Gruhler doesn’t work with variations on a theme, but creates each piece individually, the process itself is a dynamic conversation with the materials: working within the self-imposed framework of color and line is integral in his artistic drive to make order and harmony of all that is inchoate. He paints that visual sensation, a feeling or idea, divorced from literal representation. 

“I hope my works induce a meditative sensibility for those
who encounter them—a state of reflectiveness.” Paul Gruhler

Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Paul Gruhler grew up in neighboring Queens. A self-taught artist, he opened his first studio in Manhattan in 1962 at the age of 21 and entered the city’s competitive art world.

Gruhler was fortunate early on in his relationships with prominent older artists who became mentors and friends, most notably the celebrated sculptor, Michael Lekakis, who had exhibitions at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art. Lekakis took the young Gruhler under his wing, helping to navigate him through New York’s avant-garde art scene and introducing him to renowned artists, among them, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, and Barnett Newman. Meanwhile, Gruhler’s own work was exhibitied in galleries and museums in the U.S., Mexico City, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden. 

Paul Gruhler moved to Vermont in 1993, and now lives in Craftsbury, in the state’s Northeast Kingdom. He continues to work in his studio, overlooking Vermont’s Green Mountains, daily. Gruhler’s paintings are held in numerous national and international public and private permanent collections.

Vermont Shakespeare Festival is back with a new twist on the Bards works. The artists of Vermont Shakespeare Festival have created a fresh new show composed of text from each and every one of his 37 plays! This groundbreaking theatrical fusion is the perfect response to the history, romance, tragedy…and comedy of our times.
Delight in a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare as you have never seen him!  

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC!

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner during the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online, and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive for the show. Picnics are available for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. 

Porky Vermonter: Overnight BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun, house slaw, herbed potato salad and garnished greens. $15

The Jenny: Shrimp salad roll with lemon aioli, herbed potato salad and garnished. $16

Fiesta Bowl: Black beans, rice, and summer vegetables on a bed of fresh greens with a lime vinaigrette, garnished with corn chips. Gluten free. Dairy Free. Vegan. $13

Soy-Sesame Salad: Mixed Greens Topped with Oranges, Baby Pac Choi, Toasted Almonds and Sesame Seeds, Pickled Carrots and Red Onions, and Marinated Tofu served with a Soy- Sesame Balsamic Dressing. $12  

Event are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 

TO PRE-ORDER YOUR DINNER CLICK HERE

SUNDAY at 11:00 AM TICKET HOLDERS: this show has been canceled. You can request a refund or swap your tickets for another show by writing to [email protected].

For the past 12 years, Vermont Vaudeville has mounted an original production every six months in the Northeast Kingdom, for sold-out crowds. Featuring internationally touring guest acts, as well as the core cast’s endlessly inventive take on local humor, this biannual weekend has become a mainstay of the region’s cultural life. And now this rural theater sensation is coming to Greensboro.

In the wake of the pandemic, Vermont Vaudeville brings its fans a summertime live and in-person outdoor spectacular: “The New Normal.” This show features brand new comedy, stunts, and music from Vermont Vaudeville’s core cast of critically acclaimed entertainers, and never before seen guest acts from afar, including award winning standup, actress, and street performer Sharon from Canada, and The Farmer’s Daughter, an acrobatic, rope tricking, bottle walking physical comedian. The show is rounded out with a live house band and robotic roustabout.

Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson met in Boston, Massachusetts, when they were just out of school, cutting their teeth on the local club circuit. They each fronted popular bands in the area, and discovered a shared love of soul & blues greats like the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lightin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roberta Flack, and Etta James. They began singing together often, and developed a close friendship that became romantic over time. Eventually, they formed Dwight & Nicole, which was, in the beginning, a duo group. They began touring regionally- gaining a loyal following while developing their sound. After a move to Burlington, VT, they met their powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan, and the group quickly became a trio. They’ve since toured up and down the East Coast together, writing songs and gaining plenty of industry respect. They have been nominated for nine Boston Music Awards, seven Boston Phoenix Awards, eight Daysie Awards, and ten New England Music Awards.

Dwight & Nicole seem poised to go from “best kept secret” to “band to watch.” They have opened for the legendary Mavis Staples, who was moved by their live show, calling them one of her favorite new bands. After sharing the stage with the late great Dr. John, he described them as “truly great!”

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC!

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner during the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online, and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive for the show. Picnics are available for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. 

Porky Vermonter: Overnight BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun, house slaw, herbed potato salad and garnished greens. $15

The Jenny: Shrimp salad roll with lemon aioli, herbed potato salad and garnished. $16

Fiesta Bowl: Black beans, rice, and summer vegetables on a bed of fresh greens with a lime vinaigrette, garnished with corn chips. Gluten free. Dairy Free. Vegan. $13

Soy-Sesame Salad: Mixed Greens Topped with Oranges, Baby Pac Choi, Toasted Almonds and Sesame Seeds, Pickled Carrots and Red Onions, and Marinated Tofu served with a Soy- Sesame Balsamic Dressing. $12  

Event are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 

They’re women. They tell jokes. They do good. The Vermont Comedy Divas comes to Highland Center for the Arts on August 20, heating up the stage with their unique brand of all-female stand-up comedy. Vermonters are ready to laugh, and these witty women are ready to deliver. With diverse backgrounds that share a foundation of awards, recognition and fundraising for human service non-profit organizations through the Divas Do Good Initiative, the Vermont Comedy Divas are supporting the funny in all women.
*Everyone welcome. The Divas’ comedy is generally rated to ages 16+.

About the Divas


Hillary Boone, a stand-up comedian and storyteller, grew up in a log cabin in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. After traveling the country and some of the world, they are back in their home state, making people laugh. Hillary has opened for comics such as Deanne Smith, Myq Kaplan, and Michelle Buteau. Hillary is also a host of the Moth StorySLAM.


Called by Seven Days “the veteran comic who essentially started” comedy in the Green Mountain State, Josie Leavitt is an award-winning comic and storyteller. A five-time winner of the Seven Daysies for best comic, she also won a Moth StorySLAM and took top prize at Extempo’s Storytelling Tell-Off in 2019. Her one-woman show, So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer has been performed throughout the county. Her newest show, Eating While Fat will be featured at the FlynnSpace in the 2022 season. Josie founded the Vermont Comedy Divas and is honored to be sharing the stage with all of them again after what felt like a very long break during Covid.


Susanne Schmidt is a comedic storyteller whose work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, HBO’s Inspiration Room, The Moth, National Public Radio and WGBH Stories from The Stage. Susanne has performed in The Boston Women in Comedy Festival and The Toronto SheDot Festival, and was named the “Best of the Valley Voices” by New England Public Radio and The Academy of Music Theater. Susanne is a producer for The Moth Radio Hour, the founder of Say It Forward Productions, and a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Susanne is the mother of two amazing young men, who would probably prefer that she stop talking about them on stage.

Autumn Spencer is a stand-up comic, writer, and Social Media Manager. She’s a regular host of the Moth StorySLAM, and she performs comedy and comedic storytelling around New England. Autumn lives in Burlington with her husband, two teenagers, and a couple of ungrateful cats.  Tracie Spencer has been doing stand-up for over a decade.  Before Covid shut it down, she brought her one-woman show “60 First Dates” to a number of venues in Vermont.  She’s twice been selected first runner up in the Vermont’s Funniest Comedian contest and has performed in a bunch of Comedy Fests in New England. Tracie enjoys running, road-trips and raving about her two daughters.

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC!

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner during the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online, and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive for the show. Picnics are available for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. 

Porky Vermonter: Overnight BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun, house slaw, herbed potato salad and garnished greens. $15

The Jenny: Shrimp salad roll with lemon aioli, herbed potato salad and garnished. $16

Fiesta Bowl: Black beans, rice, and summer vegetables on a bed of fresh greens with a lime vinaigrette, garnished with corn chips. Gluten free. Dairy Free. Vegan. $13

Soy-Sesame Salad: Mixed Greens Topped with Oranges, Baby Pac Choi, Toasted Almonds and Sesame Seeds, Pickled Carrots and Red Onions, and Marinated Tofu served with a Soy- Sesame Balsamic Dressing. $12  

Event are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 

Opening Reception & Artist Talk Sunday, June 6 | 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Heidi Broner

Artist statement

My father, Mat, and I had a rocky relationship when I was young, but later he became my good friend and mentor. I had become serious about painting, and when I was struggling with a particular piece, I could describe the problem to him, and he was always able to help me solve it–even over the phone without actually seeing it. (This was before sharing images was so easy.) 

Near the end of his life, he was trying to resolve a part of his final painting and asked me what I thought. I went into his studio and spent a little time looking at it. To me, it seemed that one of the colors in the upper left corner wasn’t “talking to” the colors in the rest of the painting. He agreed. We both understood why, yet couldn’t explain it in any way other than visually.

This was a connection I don’t find easily in the everyday world. My father’s paintings speak to me in a real language that is somehow very personal, yet universal—a visual language that feels like my true native tongue.

In my own paintings this is the language I speak. After his death, looking through his many, many paintings, it struck me that although our painting styles are divergent—his abstract, mine figurative– our ways of experiencing color, its physical and spiritual effects, are aligned.  Perhaps my way of seeing, especially seeing color, is as inherited as my bumpy nose, my restless nature, my love of music. 

Heidi Broner grew up near New York City, in a family of artists, immersed in
an atmosphere in which drawing and painting were a natural part of daily life.
Her interests have led her to work in a wide variety of media: in addition to
painting, she has illustrated books, designed and painted murals, created masks
and puppets for the opera Frida and huge outdoor pieces for the band Phish,
and she worked for many years with Bread and Puppet Theater. Since 1999
she has worked in the Vermont granite industry, hand engraving drawings onto
black stone. In 2003 she began her At Work series of paintings, which formed
the basis of a solo exhibition at the Vermont Governor’s office in 2009. She has
exhibited at Studio Place Arts, T.W. Wood Gallery, Artpath Gallery, THE
GALLERY at Central Vermont Medical Center and, in 2020, Heidi was one of the
artists participating in A Critical Balance – Artists Take Action at the Gallery at
Highland Center for the Arts. Her work has been collected by both private
individuals and corporations.

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Mathew Broner was born on January 26, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. He was an
American artist – a painter and printmaker. He received the First Prize Award in
painting at the Northwest Terrace Exhibition in 1948, First Prize in Painting at
Cranbrook Academy Art in 1947 (shared), 1948, and 1949; and was a
MacDowell fellow in 1979.

Mat Broner graduated from the Detroit Society Arts and Crafts in 1942, Wayne
State University in 1945 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cranbrook
Academy Art in 1948 and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy Art in
1949.

Broner taught painting and drawing at Lawrence Institute of Technology in Detroit
from 1948-1949, at Syracuse University from 1949-1951, and was a painting
instructor and art lecturer at Commonwealth Post College. He joined the art
department at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY in 1967 and eventually
became chairman of that department.
Broner exhibited at Cranbrook Art Academy, Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago,
Manhattanville College, Chuck Levitan Gallery in New York City, and participated
in numerous group shows in New York City – at Landmark Gallery, as “Artist in
Residence” Gallery Gallery, and Broome St. Gallery, as well as the International
Art Fair in Bologna, Italy in 1978. Broner is represented in several permanent
collections: Illinois State Museum, Cranbrook Museum, Manhattanville College,
and also in several private collections
Mathew Broner died on August 8, 2005.

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There are two performances of Branché 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM.

Highland Center is proud to present a public preview of Cirque Barcode’s Branché, a circus show for people of all ages, played outdoors, that evokes with simplicity and optimism the climate crisis by celebrating the strength of community. In the show, the acrobats revolve around each other, on top of each other, climbing, jumping, pushing with a growing desire, an insatiable need to be higher and more dangerous. They build spectacular, yet fragile human pyramids. This frantic pursuit of infinite growth makes for a heart stopping scene of acrobats falling, slipping, and tumbling down to the ground. The shock of their collapse permits the acrobatics to become conscious of their frenzy. They start to connect with each other and with the nature around them. A more tender acrobatic language develops between the artists and the trees. The bodies climb and support each other, in harmony this time, not with a desire for heights but in an act of participating in the collective. 

Branché adapts and evolves with the different urban and natural landscapes where it is played, from parks to forests to city streets, anywhere there are trees. Each show is as unique as the location in which it is played; its content is influenced by its environment. To better celebrate the beauty and the specificities of each location, the public is guided through three different natural stages by the artists throughout the show.

This performance will require the audience to walk a short distance, including uneven terrain. 

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner during the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online, and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive for the show. Picnics are available for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. 

PORKY VERMONTER: Overnight BBQ Pulled Pork on a La Panciata Bakery bun, house slaw, herbed potato salad and corn on the cob. $14

THE JENNY: Shrimp salad roll with lemon aioli, herbed potato salad and corn on the cob. $15

FIESTA BOWL: Black beans, rice, and summer vegetables on a bed of fresh greens with a lime vinaigrette, garnished with corn chips. Gluten free. Dairy Free. Vegan. $13

THE FOGHORN: Chicken salad on a La Panciata Bakery bun with a side of chips. $10

Event are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 

Thanks to Quebec’s Culture, Francophone and Academic Affairs Department for their support of the performance.

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Were you born to tread the boards? This week will explore elements of the performance arts, including theater, improv, comedy, music, ambience, and set design. Each day participants will explore new skills with local performing artists, and the week will culminate with a live performance! This program will take place primarily at the Highland Center for the Arts. Sessions will take place outdoors as often as practical.

Hosted by WonderArts

For Ages 6 to 12

Final performance August 13

Peter Gould’s famed Shakespeare camp, “Get Thee to the Funnery,” will happen this summer outdoors under the BIG TENT at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. As usual, the season is the first two weeks of August for this physically and mentally demanding day camp. Camp begins on Monday morning on August 2 and will top off with at least one final public-but-safely-spaced performance in the late afternoon of Friday, August 13th at HCA. 

This will be the 24th summer session of the Funnery–a camp that always features great team-building and leadership training, developing the heart, mind, body, and voice of each camper. The study of this summer’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will focus on Shakespeare and climate change, a crisis that Vermont Humanities calls “an escalating, perhaps uncontrollable catastrophe in the making.”  Peter Gould is grateful for the decades of support of the entire Craftsbury, Greensboro, and Hardwick community, and this year for the welcome given by the Highland Center. Camp information at gettheetothefunnery.org, at 802-257-4844. or via email at [email protected]