June 19-22, Where the Wild Things Are, ages 5-11. Based on the award-winning children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Max is sent to his room for misbehaving, where his imagination leads him to an island of amazing creatures of all shapes and sizes, filling the night with their unfettered antics. Singing, acting, dancing, art, performance.
Tues-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Performance, Friday, 4 p.m. $300
July 2-6, Emil and the Detectives. A German child is sent on an errand and is tricked out of his money by a mysterious stranger on the train. In Berlin, befriended by Gustav and a band of roaming children who call themselves 'the detectives, Emil and these sleuths track down the robber, serving up their own justice du jour. Voted among 100 best children’s books of all time.
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Performance, Friday, 4 p.m. $395
July 9-13 The Witch, the Warrior and the Whispering Well. Beyond the safety of the town lie darkness and danger. Yet the children under the watchful eye of Baron Bungle long to escape the lavish and dull routine of their lives in order to find out what goes on in the world beyond the Baron’s velvet draperies. They plot an escape and discover a world like none they had imagined.
Mon.-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Performance, Friday. 4 p.m. $395
July 16-20, Excalibur, the Sword in the Stone. The adventures of young Arthur, the boy who would be king, as he is guided by the wizard, Merlyn, in preparation for his royal destiny at the Round Table. As part of his knightly training, Arthur must enter the natural world, becoming a fish, a hawk, a badger and other creatures. From the 1958 bestseller, The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, based on the legendary Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, 1485.
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Performance, Friday, 4 p.m. $395
August 13-18, The Never-Ending Story (Residency week for girls). Featuring: Bastian, the bullied boy; Atreyu, the Hero; Artax, his horse; Gmork, the Werewolf; Falkor, the Luck Dragon; Rockeater; Witch; Bookseller; Troll; Giant Spider; and the Childlike Empress on whom the world of Fantastica relies. This thrilling story is a wildly popular 1984 movie. Week-long immersion led by professionals in art, dance, voice, acting. Attend regional theater in the evening. Location: VYT Fine Arts Barn and Farmhouse, Barre Town, Vermont.
5 days/4 nights. Performance Friday, 7 p.m. $825