Auditions Wednesday for a Play in Guilford Center

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Guilford Center Stage announces auditions for its first production, Tourists Accommodated, a comedy by noted Vermont author Dorothy Canfield Fisher.  Auditions will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grange in Guilford Center.  Those unable to attend may contact the directors for an audition.

Guilford Center Stage is a project of Broad Brook Grange, guided by members Laura Lawson Tucker and Don McLean, and was formed in response to community requests for more arts and other events on the building’s small, but charming stage.

As this project begins, it is a time when plans are just getting underway to completely renovate the 1896 building, with a focus on accessibility and fire safety, but also with the hope that the Grange can be winterized and used year-round.  Until that work is completed, which may still take a couple of years, Center Stage is keeping its plans modest.  But the organizers do want to have something on stage during this transition period.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher was living in Arlington, Vermont in the early 1930’s Depression years, when her sewing circle started talking about the fact that some of the households in town were earning needed extra income by renting rooms to tourists for the night.  As the ladies started chiming in with funny stories about this, the group realized it would make an amusing play.

Fisher went home and drafted Tourists Accommodated, took it back to her sewing group for comments, and it was a big hit when performed.

Performances of the play will take place on Friday, October 9, and Saturday the 10th (Columbus Weekend.)

Community actors of various ages are needed for the sizable cast.  There are both speaking and non-speaking roles for children, from age 5 to around age 12, many of whom will appear in just one of the six scenes.   One or two parents with children may be on stage together.  There are a number of  principal roles and smaller ones for adult men and women.  You may come prepared with a monologue, or use a passage from the play.  Scripts will be available for those wishing to read a part or engage in dialogue.  Center Stage is also welcoming those who might wish to help with sets, costumes or backstage work.

Flyers with more information, and samples of audition speeches, are available at Guilford Community Church, Country Store, Richmond Auto, the Town Office, Library and Grange, or by contacting the directors.  Those unable to attend the audition may contact them to arrange for an audition at a convenient time.

For more information of any kind, contact the play’s director Don McLean at 257-1961 <> or assistant director Laura Lawson Tucker at 257-7024  <>.


Guilford 5 K Race & Freedom Fest Saturday

The Guilford 5K Race & Freedom Fest will be held Saturday, July 11 at Broad Brook Grange.

The event will begin with a 5K race and continue with two hours of family fun, food, and music.  Events are an hour earlier this year, so that the race can be run in cooler temperatures.

Registration for Guilford’s 4th annual 5K run takes place from 8 to 9 am, with the registration fee of $15 benefitting the Grange Building Fund.  The race starts at 9 am beginning at the Grange, and takes a circuit past the Town Office and School, through woodlands and up Barney Hill, through farmland, and back through historic Guilford Center to the Grange. There will be a number of prizes for runners.  John Majonen will again manage this event, and may be contacted for more information at <> or 802-257-4067.

From 10 am to noon there will be family fun. The Grange, which is sponsoring this event, will have hot dogs & burgers on sale.  Several Guilford organizations will add to the food offerings.  The Guilford Historical Society will serve free watermelon.

Friends of Music at Guilford will be selling ice cream sundaes, cookies and cold drinks, along with their t-shirts and other items on rock-bottom clearance specials before the introduction of 50th anniversary items on Labor Day Weekend.

Guilford Free Library will be offering free books! And for kids there will be free face painting from 10 til noon, and a free bouncy house until 2 pm.

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra