2018-03-21 / Rockingham

Local nonprofit to launch program highlighting region’s ‘arts and smart

BELLOWS FALLS — Stage 33 Live, a homegrown radio and television variety program showcasing performers and presenters from the region, will be brought to life by group of volunteers in Bellows Falls.

It has been described as “the love child of The Little Rascals, TED Talks, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts ... One part songs, one part stories, one part science, one part humanities. Words and music. Arts and smarts,” according to a press release.

The program will be recorded during public listening events at 33 Bridge St. in Bellows Falls, the former factory building that is also home to community radio station WOOL-FM, Sherwin Art Glass, Charlie Hunter Fine Art, and other artist studios.

“We’ve got tons of talented and studied people around here,” said Mark Piepkorn, one of Stage 33’s founders. “By shining a light on them, we can encourage more local participation in spoken word arts, humanities, sciences, and music. And by opening the program for syndication to public and commercial radio and television, and making it available on the internet, we can show the world that it’s worth a trip to the area to catch a show, take in an event, grab a meal, stay a night or two and check things out.”

Local people have helped cultivate the performance space, donated key components, volunteered time and expertise, and provided other assistance. The Stage 33 Live team brings experience in audio recording, video production, event promotion, media experience, artist relations, and other talents to the table.

“We’re close to a proper launch,” Piepkorn said in the press release. “We’re doing a test run on Sundays in April with three open stage nights for original, family-friendly spoken word and music; a concert with River HALO and The Break Maids; and the premier of the newest episode of The Secret Life of Death.”

The listening events are free to attend; donations are welcome. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room. For more information on the series and the project, see www.stage33live.com. Stage time and slots are limited; first come, first served; participant reservations are highly recommended. For information, contact stage33@stage33live.com or phone/text (802) 289-0148.

Stage 33 Live is a volunteer-run, independent 501(c)3 nonprofit initiative.

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