Jennifer Ann Galvez and J. Simmons

“Swing into Spring is back with something for everyone,” says Bristol Valley Theater Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “We've got history, we've got bluegrass, we've even got romance. BVT is here to bring sunshine back to your soul with live entertainment this spring. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us!”

The Swing into Spring series kicks off on April 9th with Grant on the Eve of Victory, presented Rudely Stamp'd Theater Company. Set in late March 1865, this one act play features a late night informal interview between Lt. General U.S. Grant and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend of the New York World. Written and directed by Derek Maxfield, who also plays Grant, the play includes local actors Jess Maxfield, Tom Schobert, and Tracy Ford. The performance will also feature authentic music from the Civil War era performed by David Armitage and Dona LaValle, and a historical display provided by the Naples Historical Society. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and under.

On April 16th, two of the region's favorite musicians will join forces to light up the BVT stage: Aaron Lipp and Richie Stearns! Finger Lakes native Aaron Lipp is one of the most gifted blues and roots musicians to ever grace the BVT stage. He is joined by the incomparable Richie Stearns, world renowned old time banjoist. Adult tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

Finally, on April 30 at 7 pm and May 1 at 2 p.m., Jennifer Ann Galvez and J. Simmons bring a new twist to the classic love story of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney directed by Esther Winter. A man and a woman meet in their youth, and spend a lifetime exchanging letters, but not marriage vows, in a warm and complicated friendship lasting 50 years. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12-18.

General admission tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 585-374-6318.

In compliance with guidance from the CDC and New York State, BVT will require proof of vaccination (vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or NY Excelsior pass) and masks for entry to all events.

Bristol Valley Theater's Swing into Spring programming is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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