Champlain Theatre Presents ‘Closer Than Ever’

Champlain Theatre will present Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire's musical Closer Than Ever April 3-6 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. in Champlain's Alumni Auditorium. Performances are open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, or Free with student ID.

The artistic team for this production includes co-directors Sarah Gibson and her father Tom Gibson, and musical director Nate Venet. Sarah Gibson works in the admissions department at Champlain College, and is excited to bring a musical to the Champlain Theatre community. "Closer Than Ever is a beautiful, funny, poignant musical revue in two acts. It is, in short, about life — reality — the things we can all relate to and understand: the good, the bad, and at times, the hilariously ugly. The opening number, "Doors" begins a journey of emotions and musical genres that show us the paths we choose and those chosen for us as we transition through each stage of our lives. I cannot think of a better show to share with this community," she said.

First-year Champlain College student Karisa Desjardins, whom is playing Ms. Byrd in the production, declared, "I think I've fallen in love with Closer Than Ever, to be completely honest." Even before auditioning, Desjardins was listening to the show's soundtrack.

"It really is scary how quickly you can, in fact, fall in love with this show as it speaks to life in such a truthful, refreshing, and life-affirming way," said Sarah Gibson. "My love affair with Closer Than Ever began when my dad (and co-director) introduced me to the music on car trips to our family's camp. Ever since, my dad and I have longed to direct this show, and we are so thrilled to have this opportunity with Champlain Theatre," she said.

This will be the first time Champlain Theatre has presented a musical, which has drawn a new crowd to the stage. "I am very excited to have a musical produced right on-campus," said sophomore Liam Callaghan. "Music, singing, and acting are really important pieces of my peers' and I's lives, and I'm happy that Champlain is providing us the platform to pursue those interests.

"The cast is made up of Champlain students Karisa Desjardins '16, Katie Brockway '13, Liam Callaghan '15, Malachi Champion '16, Megan Leonard '15, Michael LeTourneau '14, and Olivia Pratt '14.

Champlain students working behind the scenes include: Kirby McThompson '16, Tim Mathewson '16, Matt Lantagne '16, Julia Haas '15, Susanne Nelson '16, Dominique Duran '16, Caitlyn Mann '16, Camille Koosman '16, Dan Salerno '16, Jon Lyga '16, Kevin Nickerson '14, Paige Schmittlein '16, Tom Lyga '13, and Julien Tremblay '15.

The cast and crew have also feature exceptionally talented community members and University of Vermont students.For more information, contact Sarah Gibson at

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Champlain College Theatre will present Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire's musical Closer Than Ever April 3-6 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium, 375 Maple Street, Burlington, Vt. Open to the public; tickets at the door $10/Free with student ID. For more information, contact Sarah Gibson at

About Closer Than Ever

Closer Than Ever is a musical from the team of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. In the 1989 two-act musical, Maltby and Shire take us on an emotional journey through the anguish, amazement and human comedy of contemporary living. Closer Than Ever features self-contained songs, which deal with diverse topics such as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love. Maltby and Shire based many of the songs on real-life experiences of their friends, or stories told to them. For a complete list of songs and information about the show, visit

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit