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Current Theatre Box Office hours (July and August):
103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442

Box office hours during the run of a show:

Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday:  11:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday:  11:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday:  11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday:  11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday:  11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday:  11:00am – 5:00pm

Box office hours between productions:

Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday – Sunday:  11:00am – 5:00pm

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colorprWorld renowned artists David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman will be performing songs from The Great American Songbook – including works by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as some contemporary composers – at an exclusive concert on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  This concert is a benefit for the 104 year old Playhouse to further its mission to provide theatre of the highest quality to the residents and visitors to our community.

120p.pittsinger©josephs.com2013David Pittsinger is a world renowned operatic performer who recently garnered critical acclaim for his performance of Emile DeBecque in the Lincoln Center’s SOUTH PACIFIC – a role he is currently reprising at the Ivoryton Playhouse. His wife, Patricia Schuman, an internationally celebrated soprano, was recently seen as The Duchess in Odyssey Opera’ production of POWDER HER FACE, and will also be joining David as Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC. This special concert is a rare opportunity to see them together in the intimate setting of the Ivoryton Playhouse performing a brand new repertoire.

David states-

“Please join me and my wife Patricia for an intimate and personal celebration of the American Songbook, honoring Ivoryton Playhouse.  These iconic treasures, some of the most cherished in all of American Musical Theatre, reflect our love for each other, the stage, and the music that has shaped our lives”

Tickets for this very special event are $125 each and there will be a reception at 6:00pm with cocktails, wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by the performance at 7:00pm. David and Patricia will join us after the show for coffee and dessert.

Seating is limited, please call the theatre box office at 860.767.7318 to reserve your seat for this very special evening.  Premier seating is available for patrons.  The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Throughout the month of July, David will be revisiting the role of Emile deBecque in South Pacific – the role he played in the Lincoln Center production to great critical acclaim and Patricia will be making her Ivoryton debut in the role of Bloody Mary.  South Pacific opens July 1st – 26th.  Visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information.

 

 

 

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It’s Some Enchanted Summer!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
SOUTH PACIFIC
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

4_south_pacificThe issue of racism is front and center in America today and the Ivoryton Playhouse production of SOUTH PACIFIC could not be more timely. The story for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled Tales of the South Pacific, and is considered by most critics to be among the greatest musicals of the twentieth century. For their adaptation, Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with co-writer Joshua Logan, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950.

The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including all four acting awards, and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Younger than Springtime,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.” It inspired a 1958 film adaptation and has enjoyed numerous successful revivals, including Broadway revivals in 1955 and 2008, and West End revivals in 1988 and 2001. The original production featured Mary Martin as Ensign Nellie Forbush and opera star Ezio Pinza, as Emile de Becque.

colorprIvoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce that world renowned American bass-baritone David Pittsinger* will be reprising his Kennedy Center role as Emile de Becque in this production.  He will be joined by his wife, internationally celebrated soprano Patricia Schuman, who will also be making her Ivoryton Playhouse debut, as Bloody Mary.

120p.pittsingerjosephs.com2013The Playhouse production of SOUTH PACIFIC is directed by David Edwards, who starred last year as Albin in our hugely popular production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. David has played both Cable and DeBecque and last directed this show at Surflight Theatre. Michael A. Dattilo is the Executive Producer.

Along with Pittsinger and Schuman, the show also features Peter Carrier* as Cable, Adrianne Hick* as Nellie, William Selby* as Billis, R. Bruce Connelly* as Captain Brackett and Annelise Cepero as Liat.

Musical directed by Michael McAssey, the set is designed by Daniel Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Lenore Grunko.

On Wednesday, July 1st at 7:30pm, the Playhouse is celebrating our local veterans and currently serving military by hosting a very special night. Honoring our Veterans and Soldiers Night offers half price tickets for veterans and active military and will raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and Essex Veterans Memorial Hall. Call the box office at 860 767 7318 for more information.

SOUTH PACIFIC opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 1st and runs through July 26th, 2015. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  There will be no performance on July 4th; there will be two additional Saturday matinees on July 18th and 25th at 2pm and one additional matinee on Thursday, July 16th.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (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 at any performance.  Please call ahead for tickets.

Generously sponsored by Middlesex Hospital, Middle Oak and Guilford Savings Bank.

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Check out these production sketches from Dan Nischan, Scenic Designer for South Pacific:

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terrace

shower

radio shack

office

laundry

kiosk

 

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Purchase at the theatre:  $20.00

Order by mail:  $23.00

Limited printing!  Get them while they’re hot!

The summer season opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse with the US professional premier of one of the UK’s most popular shows, Calendar Girls.  Adapted by Tim Firth from his smash hit Miramax film of the same name, it is based on an inspiring true story about a group of extraordinary women who persuade one another to pose au natural for a charity calendar to raise money to help support a cancer unit.

Ivoryton Playhouse is following the lead of these amazing women and will be producing a calendar of the theatre’s Calendar Girls with a portion of the proceeds going to support local cancer charities:  Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, Little Wonder, Valley Shore YMCA – Hope is Power Program and Middlesex Hospital‘s Center for Survivorship and Integrative Medicine.

11147232_10152902839482253_7570681949470908727_nThe girls (and guys!) showing off their assets in the calendar are:  Jacqui Hubbard, (Playhouse Artistic/Executive Director and director of the production); Beverley Taylor (Ivoryton’s Company Manager), Vickie Blake, Danielle Bonanno, Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, R. Bruce Connelly*, Lily Dorment*, David Edwards*, Katrina Ferguson*, Maggie McGlone Jennings, and Maria Silverman*.

The July 2015 – June 2016 calendars will be available for purchase from the Ivoryton Playhouse for $20.00.  Photography was donated by Chris Devlin Photography (http://devlinphotography.com) and the calendar printing is sponsored by Essex Printing.

Calendar Girls is a dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating play – one of the best- selling comedies in British theatre history.

Calendar Girls opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 3rd and runs through June 21st, 2015. 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 $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (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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Calendar Girls is a smash hit:

THE FRONT ROW: Calendar Girls premiers in U.S. at Ivoryton Playhouse
By Brooks Appelbaum
Special to the Times

To read the whole review in the Shoreline Times, please follow this link:  http://shorelinetimes.com/articles/2015/06/08/life/doc5575e2765ff32008268896.txt

“Any production of Calendar Girls depends on the talents of the “calendar girls” themselves, and on their rapport with each other as an ensemble. Here, Hubbard succeeds without a doubt. She is a waiflike and vulnerable Annie. As Cora, the rebellious vicar’s daughter and church organist, Maria Silverman expertly conveys a woman who hides a keen sorrow under her outrageous antics. Beverley J. Taylor (also Ivoryton’s Company Manager) shines as Chris, an Amazonian beauty who has the brassy bravery to match. As Jessie, the groups’ oldest and wisest and, arguably, wittiest member, Maggie McGlone-Jennings is not only spot on, but inspirational — to her onstage friends, and to every woman in the audience as well. Celia is forced to play golf all day if she wants to lay eyes on her golf crazy husband: as played by the majestic and mischievous Katrina Ferguson, Celia’s explosion of contempt for the snooty etiquette of the golfing set is one of the high moments in the show. And finally, Lily Dorment is a winning, touching Ruth: when she finally stands up for herself, you want to cheer……..”

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Talkin’ Broadway
Regional Reviews by Zander Opper

Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls, based on the 2003 film and currently making its U.S. debut at Ivoryton Playhouse, is a delightful, frequently hilarious lark of a play that is a real treat to watch. The plot concerns a group of middle-aged British women who decide to raise money by appearing in a highly risqué calendar, which leads to all sorts of unexpected results. Calendar Girls has been exceedingly well cast, with each of the six leading ladies getting a chance to shine. There is also an undercurrent of sorrow beneath the laughs that adds an extra dimension and gives the show real heart.

That element of sadness concerns one of the women’s husbands (nicely played by R. Bruce Connelly) developing cancer. Indeed, this proves to be the catalyst for this group of ladies deciding to pose for the calendar to raise money. I am loath to reveal any more of the plot other than to say that it takes off in all sorts of humorous directions.

One of the real joys of Calendar Girls is watching the marvelous performances of the six actresses at the center of the show. As Annie, the wife of the character who develops cancer, Jacqueline Hubbard gives a multi-shaded portrayal, mixing melancholy with bursts of joy. It should be mentioned that Jacqueline Hubbard is not only the Artistic Director of Ivoryton Playhouse, but also the director of Calendar Girls. She acquits herself quite well both as an actress and as the director of this production.

As the spiciest character in the play, Celia, Katrina Ferguson is a real live wire and generates some of the biggest laughs. I saw Katrina Ferguson play the buttoned up Lady Bracknell in a recent production of The Importance of Being Earnest and it is a delicious pleasure to watch her in such a sassy, sexy role. Also shining brightly are Beverley J. Taylor as the fun-loving Chris, who comes up with the idea of doing the calendar, and Lily Dorment, who displays terrific range as Ruth, a woman who goes from inhibited to adventurous.

Rounding out the group of women, Maria Silverman is a great deal of fun as Cora, who wins laughs with an unexpected tattoo. As the oldest character in the show, Jessie, the terrific Maggie McGlone Jennings is a real scream, displaying deadpan looks that threaten to stop (and steal) the show. The other performers do equally fine work (notably Victoria Bundonis as Marie and David Edwards as one of the husbands) but, ultimately, this play really belongs to the six leading ladies.

Calendar Girls is an often deliriously funny show. This is a play that truly gets funnier as it goes along. Still, even amongst all the laughter, one really comes to care for these six women, and it is their camaraderie as a group, as well as their noble effort to raise money for a good cause, that illuminates the play. Calendar Girls at Ivoryton Playhouse proves to be an extremely enjoyable show and, as such, is most highly recommended—but don’t be surprised if you find yourself wiping away a tear even as you laugh.

Calendar Girls continues performances at Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, CT through June 21, 2015. For tickets, please visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org or call the box office at (860) 767-7318.

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Don Church and Anthony Schillaci
Critics on the Aisle
examiner.com

“…….. Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic/Executive Director of the Ivoryton Playhouse, heads the production with skillful blocking and brings out the best in each actor. She is also wonderfully poignant and mischievous in the role of Annie, who loses her husband John (sympathetically played by R. Bruce Connelly) to cancer. Ivoryton’s Company Manager Beverley Taylor gives a hilarious performance in the role of Chris – somewhat the instigating ‘leader of the pack’ who will shed her clothes at the drop of a towel. Ms. Taylor lights up the stage with her luminous personality and perfect comic timing in every scene.”

To read the whole review follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/review/riotous-fun-at-ct-s-ivoryton-playhouse-with-us-premiere-of-calendar-girls

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More than Months in a Calendar
By Geary Danihy

http://ctcritics.org/reviews/danihy/calendar.html

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We’ve moved!  No not the theatre – the Ivoryton Playhouse Administrative Office has moved!  We now have a lovely new space at 22 Main Street, Centerbrook!  All telephone numbers and extensions are the same.  Come and visit our new offices!

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Last Chance at Love is Not Just a Walk in the Park
By Lauren Yarger – Connecticut Arts Connection

When an 80-year-old man spots an attractive older woman at the local dog park, can the spark of romance be ignited in their lives, or is love just a dying ember?

Joe DiPietro’s funny and moving play The Last Romance gets a satisfying run at Ivoryton Playhouse, where the Tony-Award-winning playwright is a favorite: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and All Shook Up were both popular successes there and the musical Memphis, will play the Ivoryton stage in August.

For Ralph Bellini (a perfect Chet Carlin) it’s love at first sight when he sees beautiful Carol Reynolds (Rochelle Slovin who looks fabulous for her 70+ years) with her little Chihuahua mix, Peaches (Roxy, the understudy for “Bruiser” on the national tour of Legally Blonde owned by William Berloni and handled by Theresa Stark). The widower contrives to meet her at the dog park and tries to woo her with tails of his long-ago audition for the Metropolitan Opera. (The Hartt School’s Stephen Mir plays Ralph’s younger self in the octogenarian’s mind and in flashbacks, where he sings parts of great operas.)

Carol is reluctant at first, but soon is won over by Ralph’s charm. His controlling sister, Rose (Kate Konigisor) doesn’t think the romance is a good idea, however, and fears she won’t have a place in his life any more if he gets involved with Carol. Rose has been taking care of her brother (and controlling his life) since moving in after he had a memory lapse and was found wandering. Now, she keeps tabs on his every moment  —  it’s no wonder her estranged husband of 22 years left her for another woman. Adding to Rose’s angst is recent communication that her husband wants to divorce.

Carol plans to take Ralph to the famed  La Scala opera house in Italy – a place he and his late wife dreamed of visiting – but Rose might throw a wrench in the plan. Will the couple be able to enjoy what both know is the last romance they ever will experience?

DiPietro gives us layered characters (excellently directed by Maggie McGlone Jennings). Carlin’s engaging personality instantly wins us over. He gives a top-notch performance as Chet struggles with mortality, unexpected feelings and responsibility toward his sister. Konigisor (the artistic director of Shakespeare with Benefits) isn’t afraid to show off her character’s offensive side – “Shuuuuut uuuuup,” she yells at the dogs in the park – but also brings out Rose’s vulnerability. Slovin, returning to the stage after 30 years as founding director of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, is a bit stiff.

William Russell Stark designs the dog park, flanked on either side by sets for smaller scenes. Costume Designer Vickie Blake has Carol very elegantly dressed for a trip to the park.

The show comes together well with fully developed characters, the beautiful opera singing and DiPeitro’s humor woven throughout the moving story.

The Last Romance plays at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., through May 10. Performances are Wednesday and Sunday at 2 pm; Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets: $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children. (860) 767-7318; www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.

 

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CONNECTICUT
Regional Reviews by Zander Opper

The Last Romance
Ivoryton Playhouse

The Last Romance, Joe DiPietro’s bittersweet comedy-drama, is receiving a lovely and touching production at the Ivoryton Playhouse. With an excellent cast of four and supple direction by Maggie McGlone Jennings, The Last Romance tells a fanciful tale of an eighty-year-old man’s attempts at finding love later in life and what happens when he does meet a woman, in the park. Ralph is played by the terrific Chet Carlin and the object of his affection is the beautiful and luminous Rochelle Slovin, as Carol.

As these two actors enact this possible “last romance,” it is truly a thing of wonder, both in watching such skilled performers at work and in seeing how these two people try to make a connection that could drastically change their lives. With fine support by Kate Konigisor and Stephen Mir, The Last Romance goes from grand opera to a cute onstage dog as it spins its tale of the chance of love happening later in life. And while it is a somewhat slender play, it still proves to be a real pleasure and can certainly be recommended.

One of the privileges of this production is seeing such talented actors onstage. Chet Carlin brings a sly wit to the character of Ralph, as well as a vulnerable generosity of spirit. A masterstroke by the playwright is that he shows the audience Ralph as he was as a young man, played by the handsome and rich-voiced Stephen Mir.

In his youth, Ralph auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera, but, because of various misconnections, never succeed as an opera singer. Having Stephen Mir serenade the audience with arias from grand opera in between scenes adds a richness to the play. And the moments when both actors playing Ralph stand and speak together, with Stephen Mir representing the promise of what could be and Chet Carlin showing what has become of him, can be heart-stopping.

These moments only enhance the main story of how Ralph meets and attempts to romance the initially hesitant Carol, played by the lovely Rochelle Slovin. I would be loathe to give away what ultimately happens between these two characters, but there is a real joy in watching such experienced performers together onstage. Rochelle Slovin imbues her role with both a hard exterior and also a tenderness that can take your breath away. Chet Carlin matches her multi-faceted performance with a portrayal of a man slowly opening himself up to a happiness that could have passed him by. If nothing else, The Last Romance does a good job of exploring the story of a pair of lovers, both in the twilight of their lives, and dramatizing it with such warmth.

Still, there is much more to The Last Romance, including Ralph’s sister Rose, played by the amusing Kate Konigisor, who earns the biggest laughs in the play. Against a beautiful set by William Russell Stark, the production follows the romance between Ralph and Carol, then, whenever things start to feel little thin, the rich performances and director Maggie McGlone Jennings’s expertise add depth and pleasure. The Last Romance, by Joe DiPietro, is the perfect play for a lovely evening out and, considering its small cast, should be a natural for regional theatres everywhere.

The Last Romance continues performances at Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, CT through May 10, 2015. For tickets, please visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org or call the box office at (860) 767-7318.

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