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Monthly Archives: June 2011

This was a great weekend for the Ivoryton Playhouse. 

Friday night we opened the third production in our centennial season – Barefoot in the Park.  The event was a fundraiser for the Essex Community Fund.  It was our pleasure to host a fundraiser for this fund that helps over 40 organizations locally including the Playhouse.

The rain on Saturday night didn’t stop the Shoreline Arts Alliance hosting their fundraiser at the Playhouse.  The night was a great success for the Arts Alliance and everyone really enjoyed Barefoot!

On Sunday, the Playhouse hosted the 21st Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.  The Ivoryton Playhouse was honored with a special achievement award to mark it’s 100th birthday. 

Also, big congratulations to Peter Lockyer who won the CCC award for Best Director of a play for our November 2010 production of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.  A great achievement for Peter and we are thrilled for him!

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Congratulations to animal trainer Bill Berloni who was honored with a Tony Award last night.  Bill is an expert animal trainer and his “actors” have been featured in two recent Ivoryton Playhouse productions:  Minnie was in Barnum and Argyll appear in The Miracle Worker.  His daughter, Jenna, also appeared in both shows and his wife, Dorothy, was backstage as dog handler.

Minnie appeared in December 2010 production of Barnum

Argyll appeared in The Miracle Worker



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Thanks to Bruce Connelly for creating this fun piece of artwork for our blog.  Bruce says:

“When it snows in your living room – make a snowman……and then go to the Playhouse and see Barefoot in the Park!”

By R. Bruce Connelly director of Barefoot in the Park

Don’t know about Bruce?  Click on the link below to find out more about one of the Playhouse’s favorite actors (soon to be starring in The Producers!)

PS:  Can you find the four Nina’s?  American caricaturist Al Hirschfield (famous for illustrating whole casts of Broadway shows which would appear with reviews in the New York Times) always put his daughter’s name (Nina) somewhere into his drawings.  Bruce has done the same!  Can you find four hidden NINA‘s?

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Check out this fab article on the Playhouse centennial celebrations complete with loads of great photos!  Thank you Shoreline Times!

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Due to the damaging thunderstorms, the Playhouse has lost power and we have been forced to cancel the 7:30pm performance of Barefoot in the Park .

Ticket holders will be contacted to reschedule another date.

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Check out this article on about the great partnership between the Essex based design design firm, Outthink, and the Ivoryton Playhouse.

According to the article:  “The work has also been creating quite a stir in the creative community, winning the Gold Brush at the Ad Club of Connecticut Awards, and also scoring a nod from the Connecticut Art Directors Club.”

The Playhouse is eternally grateful to Outthink for all the award winning work they are doing to help us celebrate our centennial, raise our profile, increase our on-line presence and take our business to the next level.  Thank you, Outthink!!! seeks to provide news and discourse on the talent, projects, organizations and events within the Connecticut creative community.

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Thanks to Anne Hudson for these great shots from  the Ivoryton Playhouse production of Barefoot in the Park.  This timeless Neil Simon classic opens today and runs until June 26.

Follow this link to view the new photos!

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Judie McCann of Essex is the winner of our Barefoot in the Park T-shirt competition.

She answered the question correctly (Corie wants to walk barefoot in Washington Square Park) and her name was drawn at random.  A limited edition Ivoryton Playhouse centennial t-shirt is on it’s way!

Congratulations, Judie!!

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Everyone is so excited for the dress rehearsals of Barefoot in the Park tonight!  Researsals have gone really well – it’s a great, talented cast and should be a super show!  If you’ve never experienced the comedy of Neil Simon, OMG you’ll LOVE it!   If you have seen Barefoot in the Park before come to the Playhouse to experience it all over again.  It’s a real treat!

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon opens tomorrow (Wed. June 8) with a 2pm matinee preview performance.  Purchase your tickets online or call 860.767.7318.

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Backstage stories….

Barefoot in the Park Director, Bruce Connelly writes…

“I have the great good fortune to be working with Kathleen Mulready and Sean Patrick Hopkins as Corie and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and in Act 3, Corie has to set her own table with a plate, fork, napkin, bud vase, candle, glass of water, a pot of goulash and eventually a cake and then strike it all bit by bit to the kitchen. Trying to expedite it, Kathleen wondered if she could strike the plate setting and the cake at the same time, and so the next time we ran it, I agreed we should try it, all of us forgetting until she did, that Paul leaps up to eat her dinner while she’s in the kitchen normally striking the cake, and gets back to the sofa before she can catch him. Well, Sean ran over to eat the dinner….it was gone….so in the seconds he had before she returned, he removed the rose from the bud vase on her table and drank the water from the vase instead!
Come see the show and you will laugh as hard as I do in rehearsal!”

And be sure to take part in our Barefoot in the Park competition to win a limited edition Ivoryton Playhouse Centennial T-shirt.  The question is right here on this blog – click “comment” to leave your answer to the question.  The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday June 8 – the opening day of Barefoot in the Park.

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