Strings isn’t the only one who’s thought of making music in these mountains. The Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has hosted performances for 98 years. Today begins the annual New Works Festival, which connects artists from many backgrounds to create original works of art.

Like Strings, Perry Mansfield is an integral part of our artistic community and developing young performers. During the summer, students attend workshops and work personally with professional dancers, directors, musicians, composers, writers, and actors. Famous faces such as Jessica Biel, Dustin Hoffman, and Stephen Schwartz have lingered in this serene mountain valley to perfect their skills and pass on their wisdom.

As residents of a rural western town, we don’t have the opportunity to view performances in their raw stages, as we would if we lived in New York City. The New Works Festival lets us experience a fresh performance in a natural setting, juxtaposing city culture with country living. Many of these snippets will later become fully formed plays and we can witness the transformation of a fleeting idea to a full production. The rehearsals are free and open to the public and take place all week long. The shows are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are $15 for stage readings and $20 for the dance performance. For a full schedule of events click here.

Posted on June 13, 2011
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