SHARON – When Carol Langstaff was ready to resume production, she turned to her family.
âI felt the need to bring art back to the world live,â said Langstaff, the longtime conductor of the Flock Dance Troupe, which had its last performance in 2018. âI just wanted to jump on it and a lot of my family is involved which made the production easier at all. ”
The result is âPoint of View,â three different dance, music and theater performances taking place Saturday at 6 pm (rainy date Sunday) at Star Mountain, 139 Star Mountain Road, Sharon. Although the show is free, a $ 10 donation is suggested.
Reservations are required by calling 802-765-4454, [email protected] or eventbrite.com/e/point-of-view-tickets-157853992541.
âI had this beautiful place that used to have performances and we know how to do it and I felt the need to make it happen,â Langstaff said. “I like the idea of ââpresenting three different styles, art forms, art offerings.”
The dance production, “Arboreal Duet,” will be performed in the orchard by Natalie Junio-Thompson and Lucia Gagliardone, who have appeared in numerous Flock productions and staged her own choreographed show at Star Mountain this past August.
âHis work is really good and I wanted to showcase one of his which is a piece of orchard,â Langstaff said. “Lucia is kind of a family because she grew up in Flock since she was little.”
Langstaff’s daughter, Sarah Cantor, will play recorders as a member of the Halcyon Trio, which includes Chris Rua on recorder and viola, and Jesse Lepkoff on flute and recorder. They will perform five pieces in the barn of the property.
âIt’s a nice place for music,â Langstaff said. âThe other musicians played together. They are all Vermonters. I think it was ideal and they could just fit into the barn.
Langstaff’s sister, Caitlin Langstaff, wrote and directed the play “Viewpoint”, which was inspired by the song Point of view, written by Langstaff’s husband Jim Rooney, who also stars in the play with his son-in-law, Jason Schumacher. Langstaff’s daughter, Sonya Schumacher, is the production manager for the series.
âIt was fun putting my husband in the song,â Langstaff said. “He’s a musician, but he also has a great ability to act.”
His nephew, Jack Langstaff, and his grandson, Nason Schumacher, are also in the series. This is the first time Langstaff has had so many family members – many of whom spent time in Vermont during the COVID-19 pandemic – taken part in a production since being at Revels.
âWhen my kids were little they were all involved in different ways, but this is the first time I’ve played with so many adults,â Langstaff said. “In the past, sometimes my husband and I would sing together, but it’s very different.”
She described Star Mountain as a “magical setting”, citing the history of the earth. The neighbors helped her first husband to build and raise the barn. She said it was great to produce again. âI feel again that I am giving a voice to the land and people walking around between the stations and smelling a bit of the woods and the orchard and kind of feeling the place,â Langstaff said. She has lived in the area for over 50 years and hopes those who watch the production experience “a little change in their being”.
âWhen I experience an art that moves me, I leave changed and maybe strive to go in a new direction or change,â Langstaff said. âThe point of view, the point of view room on the porch has a littleâ¦ message or a little teaching so that’s one thing. And the music you hear it and your heart can expand and the dancing is so uplifting. It really anchors you at the same time it elevates your spirit and anchors you with the trees.
Since the end of Flock, Langstaff has been composing music and taking photos, often combining the two. She has no other productions in preparation, but she is open to this possibility.
âI have ideas running through my head, but I don’t know,â Langstaff said. âWe’ll see how it goes and I’m sure something will happen again here. ”
Liz Sauchelli can be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3221.