Celebrating a decade at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater

On July 26, 2008, a decade of hard work by people in the Middlebury community paid off, and the newly-restored Town Hall Theater re-opened for business. Originally built in 1884, the restoration created a state-of-the-art theater inside of the historic brick shell. 
Since then, THT has presented over 1,500 events, making it one of the busiest and most successful small-town theaters in the county. It has presented grand opera, trained dog acts, weddings, film festivals, Broadway musicals, gospel choirs, theater education for kids, meetings, conferences and more.
This major community accomplishment will be celebrated with a 10th Birthday Bash on Tuesday, July 31, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free, so no reason not to come and celebrate.
“We could have made this a fundraising event,” said current Executive Director Douglas Anderson, “but we really just wanted to get everyone into the building so we could all celebrate and give each other a big pat on the back.  So it’s free, and there will be music and surprises and a big cake.  We have a lot to celebrate.”
THT will also be saluting Anderson’s 20 years of service, and the event will welcome the company’s next Executive Director, Mark Bradley, who was hired recently after a national search.
Mark Bradley will be the next executive director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Come meet him at the 10th Birthday Bash on Tuesday.
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“I really hope that people turn out to meet Mark,” Anderson said.  “He really is key to the future of this organization.”  Anderson will stay on as Artistic Director.
Tuesday’s party will kick off at 5 p.m. with snacks, a cake and a cash bar.  A presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m.
“The speeches will be short.  We promise,” Anderson said. 
A short film will recap the theater’s first 10 years.  “It’s very emotional.  You sometimes forget just how much we’ve done, and all of the wonderful people who have appeared on this stage.”
The presentation will be repeated at 6:30 p.m., so come and go as you please.
No tickets or reservations are necessary.  People are encouraged to just drop by and celebrate this milestone in the Middlebury’s history. 

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