The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones

– Open Auditions by Appointment

Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton, CT
SPT $525.

Executive/Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard
Choreographer: Brian Feehan
First rehearsal: March 6th
First performance: March 21st
Close: April 8th, 2018.

Open Auditions by appointment – Local

Friday, January 19th, 2018
22 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT  06409
11am – 8pm
(Break 3-4pm)


Open Auditions by appointment – New York

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Pearl Studios, Room 1210
500 8th Avenue, 12th floor
New York, NY 10018

Prepare a song in the style of the show. Be prepared to move.

Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Call 860-767-9520 ext 207 for appointment

Looking for:

Matt (Male, sweet-voiced Baritone or Bari-Tenor, low A to high G,) 19
As a young lover, he is deeply in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world so, while not stupid, he is naive and perhaps even foolish at times. His image of a young man in love is one of a gallant protector, meaning that he approaches some decisions with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado. Strong acting and must move well.

Luisa (Female, Legit Soprano – High C),18+ to play 16
As a young lover, she is in love. She is in love with love, the idea of love, the idea of being in love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. Because of her particular vision of romance, she deals with the world on a particularly naive level. Strong acting and must move well.

The Mute (Male or Female,age open)
The Mute serves many functions-setting props as characters need them, assisting El Gallo, and becoming the wall separating the families. While this is a non-singing, non-speaking role, the actor must have a good sense of rhythm, and dance training is a huge plus. The Mute is a speechless presence who watches and helps tell the story with his/her body or fades into the background unnoticed, when needed. The Mute is an agile physical performer with adept mime skills and dance abilities.

Theatre’s mailing address: Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton CT 06442


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A summer internship at the Ivoryton Playhouse offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to expand and develop technical theatre skills, make professional contacts, and develop the insight and experience necessary to pursue a career in theatre.

The Production Internship is designed for students aspiring to careers in technical theatre, production or design, including but not limited to the following:  Carpentry, Costuming, Lighting, Painting, Run Crew, Scenic Design, Technical Direction, Properties, Production Management and Stage Management.

In order to gain a full, well-rounded experience, production interns will work side by side with the production staff in all areas of technical theatre. Opportunities can include assisting with set construction, electrics work, prop and costume acquisition, show changeovers, building maintenance and backstage crewing.

Internships run from mid-May to early-September.

Ideal candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled in college or be a recent graduate and should be working towards a career in theatre.  Please refer to FAQ document for other candidate information.

For FAQ please follow this link:  Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Interns FAQ

For an application form for a summer internship, please follow this link:  Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Internship Application

The application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.  All applications postmarked by that date will be accepted.

The internship positions will be filled by March 16, 2018.

Contact for more information.

The Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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Individual tickets go on sale February 20, 2018


Music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
*starring David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman
Wednesday, March 21st – Sunday, April 8, 2018

(No show Easter Sunday, April 1; Replacement show on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm) A gem of the American theater, THE FANTASTICKS is the longest-running musical in the world: a funny and romantic tale about a boy, a girl, and their two parents who try to keep them apart. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. Try to remember and if you remember then follow….


Written by Steven McGraw and Mary McGuire
Wednesday, April 25 – May 13, 2018

A renowned scientist once theorized that finding “intelligent life” on other planets in the universe would be like shooting a particular blackbird in a room full of blackbirds, with the lights out. Ironically, the same probability applies for finding a “normal man” on an online dating service. LOVE QUEST – a new comedy – explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.


Written and Created by Randy Johnson
Wednesday, May 30 – June 24, 2018

From Broadway to Ivoryton, come share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll. Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.


Music and Book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 29, 2018

(No shows Wed, 4th of July; Replacement shows on Wed, July 11 through Sunday, July 29, 2018) It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin” and many more. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again.


Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2, 2018

The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, A CHORUS LINE examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A CHORUS LINE is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. This singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.


Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Wednesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original theatrical experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.


Written by Carole Lockwood
Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 18, 2018

Set in Alabama in 1962, this stunning new play about a group of mothers and daughters takes us from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface. A world premiere.



Subscriptions can be purchased by downloading the forms below and sending by mail. We offer 18 possible series during our season. On the form below, please circle the Series that you’d like for Season 2018, complete all of the information and mail to us with payment. Remember that, for a Series, you must stay within the same row of dates. You will be able to switch any single dates that don’t work for you after February 20, 2018.

Full 7-play subscriptions are $260 (only $37 per ticket)

5-play series subscriptions are $200 (only $40 per ticket)

3-play series subscriptions are $125 (only $42 per ticket)

To view the 2018 subscription series dates please click here: 2018 series dates

To download the 7 and 5 play subscription form please click here: 7 and 5 play form

To download the 3-play series option please click here:  3 play form

Checks payable to Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442
To discuss seating options please telephone Susan McCann on 860.767.7318 x 203

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Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas with Holiday Standards & Sacred Songs!

Thursday, December 21st at 2:00pm

Friday, December 22nd at 7:00pm

An Ivoryton Playhouse Christmas Hour with David Pittsinger and Friends

The Playhouse is proud to present an old fashioned Christmas celebration of holiday standards and sacred songs featuring David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman, with Carly Callahan, Katie Weiser and Charlie Widmer.

Baby, it’s gonna be cold outside – come to the Ivoryton Playhouse to warm your heart with the wonderful voices of David, Pat and friends.

Tickets are priced at $50 each (all ages) and are on sale now. Please call our box office at 860.767.7318 or visit us on the web at to order your tickets and secure your seats!









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Check out our video for Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT!

Actress Beverley J. Taylor returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a loving critique of a comic murder mystery with Connecticut ties. Our thanks to Overabove for producing video clips for all our productions.

After working for the Ivoryton Playhouse for 15 years, Taylor is delighted to return “simply as an actress” to play the much-maligned theatre critic Daria Chase. She looks back fondly on her time with the Playhouse, however, working in many roles and acting in several as well.

Asked to describe The Game’s Afoot, actress Beverley J. Taylor gives a sly grin. “There’s a quick murder, a little bit of body-hiding, a lot of slapstick comedy – thunder, lightning, screaming.” This comedy-thriller hits all the high notes of a murder mystery.

Set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning play transports audiences to 1936 for a cast party that quickly turns deadly – and delightfully funny. Writer Ken Ludwig sets up both quick-witted jokes and an engrossing mystery, all in one night on the Ivoryton Playhouse stage.


Press Release

It’s Holmes for the Holidays!

at the Ivoryton Playhouse
November 1 – 19, 2017

Ivoryton – On November 1st, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

THE GAME’S AFOOT is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie. Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

THE GAME’S AFOOT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on November 1st and runs through November 19th, 2017.  Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity
Members of the press are welcome after

November 2nd, 2017.  Please call ahead for tickets.


Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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The Joke’s On Us: Mike Reiss Really Likes Musicals

By Frank Rizzo writing for The Hartford Courant – Hartford Magazine



Click on link to read an interview with Mike Reiss.

I Hate Musicals:  The Musical opens on Wednesday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 15.

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Show Predicting Trump’s Presidency


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Thanks to Overabove for producing this video clip for us!

Actor Michael Notardonato dives into the story behind the disco music and flashy costumes of the Ivoryton Playhouse’s latest show.

“It’s a really good story at its heart – it’s going to feel like you’re there in the story with us,” Notardonato explains. In Saturday Night Fever, the audience follows Notardonato’s character, Tony Manero, as he navigates the struggles of 1970s Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. By night, Manero lets off steam by finding romance and a chance for success at his local night club.

First brought to life on screen starring John Travolta, the stage production of Saturday Night Fever recaptures the nostalgic feeling of the film that defined the disco generation. The show features almost all the songs from the original movie’s Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”


It’s a Disco Inferno!
Saturday Night Fever
At the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Put on your “Boogie Shoes” for Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time is opening up at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 9th!

The year is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, they decide to train together for a dance competition and their lives begin to change forever. Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon, the electrifying score is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics: “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “How Deep is Your Love?”

Originally based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, this stage adaptation premiered in the West End in 1998 at the London Palladium, and then at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre October 21, 1999, playing 27 previews and 501 regular performances before closing December 30, 2000.

Almost all of the songs from the original movie sound track are included in the stage musical. The album remained 24 weeks on the top of the U.S. album charts and stayed until March 1980 on the charts. In the UK, the album also achieved first place for 18 weeks and it is one of the most successful movie sound tracks of all time. In 1979 it won a Grammy as Album of the Year. In 2003 it reached # 131 of Rolling Stone’s “500 best albums of all time”.

The production stars Michael Notardonato* as Tony and Caroline Lellouche* as Stephanie. Lellouche was seen last year in Ivoryton’s production of CHICAGO. Notardonato is reprising the role of Tony which he has performed twice before to critical acclaim. “At Riverside, the Travolta role of disco-king Tony Manero is taken by Michael Notardonato who has the looks, moves and charms to carry the show handily. Unlike Travolta in the dramatic film which featured dancing to a Bee Gees soundtrack, Notardonato has to sing for his supper, as well as emote and dance the night away. No worries here – Riverside’s Tony has strong and expressive pipes and delivers his five numbers stylishly. He truly embodies the restlessness of the 19-year old stuck in a dead end job, frustrated at how his parents treat him, and who lives for those Saturday night’s at the 2001 Odyssey, the Brooklyn discotheque that serves as his weekly kingdom.” –

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Mike Morris, with set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Lisa Bebey.

Please be advised that Saturday Night Fever, similar to the movie, contains adult language and situations.

Saturday Night Fever opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 9th and runs through September 3rd, 2017. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances on Saturday, August 19th at 2pm and September 2nd at 2pm.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at

(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity




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