Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 21 at 3:00pm & 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The musical, inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell and his quest to paint the Four Freedoms is the centerpiece of the month long 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL. A Broadway cast is being assembled for this musical production that brings Rockwell’s life and passion to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion at Southern Vermont Arts Center.
In 1942, illustrators enjoyed celebrity status – and Norman Rockwell was a superstar. He was too old to enlist, but still wanted to do his part, so he volunteered his services to The War Department to paint a series of posters inspired by F.D.R.’s Four Freedoms Speech. Despite his fame, Rockwell was flat-out rejected. They told him: “In the last war, we used illustrators like you. This time around, we want fine arts men. You know... real artists.” Using this episode as a framework, the musical PERFECT PICTURE explores Rockwell’s life, loves, insecurities, and resilience.
4-Time TONY AWARD Nominee, Randy Skinner (Broadway’s 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, State Fair, White Christmas) directs and choreographs the musical, which juxtaposes the extraordinary story of Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.
TONY and EMMY AWARD Winner Lillias White (Cy Coleman’s The Life, Dreamgirls, Sesame Street) stars as “Amy the Wild Woman” who taught Rockwell his creed: “Don’t show life the way it really is, but how folks want it to be.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.
For questions regarding ticketing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jami Poe at 802-768-1303.
Organizer of Perfect Picture
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.
The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.
Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!