Thank you to all hosts/hostesses and all guests who made Saturday’s celebration such an amazing success. Photos will be posted here soon.
Thank you also to Sally Mayer, Kate Brashears and Donnelee Genaro for their tireless hard work to make the day and evening events so spectacular.
A Madhatters Tea Party and a Mirror Ball
A Celebration of Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard, and her Quarter Century at the Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton: The Ivoryton Playhouse is celebrating 25 years of laughter and drama, new shingles and seats, and more and more music and romance and applause than ever before. This year marks the 25th year of Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard’s involvement with The Ivoryton Playhouse. Beginning as a Board member in 1991, she became Board President and in 1999 she was hired as Artistic/Executive Director and oversees all aspects of this small, historic gem of a theatre.
On October 15th, the theatre will celebrate with a Wonderland Tea Party from 10-noon at the Ivoryton Farmer’s Market. Free activities for children will include A Pink Flamingo Croquet Game, Madhatters Tea Party, Queen of Hearts Story Time, glitter tattoos and face painting and musical fun with Sunny Train.
In the evening, the theatre will host a red carpet gala. The Mirror Ball: Reflections on 25 years through the Looking Glass will feature cocktails and fine foods catered by Coffee’s Market; a musical retrospective of the past 25 years with performances by some of our favorite artists; champagne toasts and dancing till midnight to the fabulous music of Long Island Sound.
Celebrating the past 25 years is important to Hubbard, as the continued growth of the Playhouse is near and dear to her heart. “I have watched the theatre and the community that surrounds it change and grow so much over this past quarter century. It has been an eventful 25 years with its fair share of highs and lows but the one thing that has remained constant throughout those years is the support we receive from the people of this area. The Playhouse has a great family of actors and donors, musicians and members, sponsors, local businesses and community partners and I am so proud of what we have accomplished in bringing people together and encouraging growth in the village of Ivoryton. It’s been an exhilarating ride and I am looking forward to the next 25!”
Built in 1911 as a recreation hall for the workers of the Comstock-Cheney factory, the Ivoryton Playhouse has been an important part of Connecticut’s cultural landscape for every one of its 100 years. Traveling vaudeville shows and silent movies entertained residents of the shoreline area in its early years until Milton Stiefel turned into a summer theatre in 1930 and attracted stars like Katharine Hepburn, Norma Terris, Marlon Brando and Tallulah Bankhead.
In recent years the theater has continued to win critical praise: Connecticut Critic Circle Awards, a Shoreline Arts Alliance Bravo award for Best Theatre and the Shoreline Times Readers Poll Best Theatre award as well as Connecticut Magazine’s Best Place to see Live Theatre.
Tickets for the Mirror Ball are $125 each. For more information, to purchase tickets to the Mirror Ball, the 2017 season, and all things Ivoryton Playhouse, please call 860.767.9520 or visit our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.
Photograph by Peter M. Weber