Monthly Archives: June 2019

 

elephant_circle-right-150x150-DDThe last of our Summer Children’s Theatre performances are this Friday – for children of all ages!

The Ivoryton Playhouse brings you another summer full of fun and educational programs all geared towards children! The Playhouse is proud to present some new and exciting live performances featuring some of Connecticut ’s most popular, professional artists. Performances are for children of all ages. Help your child discover the magic of theatre this summer at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

All tickets $14.00.

For more information, please call 860.767.7318. To purchase tickets on line, please follow this link.

 

August 23rd
Paper Heart Puppets presents:

11:00am – * NEW * I LOVE TACOS!

There is joy in the world, and it comes wrapped in a tortilla!

Join White Nosed Coati and a cast of amazing Mexican wildlife in three original stories celebrating tacos and the place they were created. Each story is packed with exuberant humor, and colorful characters. So get ready for magical Qeutzal birds, taco monsters and the mystery of the volcano rabbit and his ultimate salsa!


2:00pm CARDBOARD EXPLOSION!

With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.

 

 

 

Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up

TWO SHOW SPECIAL: buy tickets for both Paper Heart Puppet shows for $25. Bring your lunch to have on our patio between shows and enjoy complimentary lemonade.  Coloring activity and hand puppets to play with as well.  Join us!

 

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Laiona Michelle who plays Donna and Stephanie Gomerez playing Sophie talk about the hottest ticket in town – MAMMA MIA! at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

Our thanks to Overabove for providing us with great video clips for each show!

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The Broadway sensation comes to Ivoryton!

MAMMA MIA!
At the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – On June 26th, the Ivoryton Playhouse will transform from an historic New England theatre to a Mediterranean island, filled with the music we have loved for over 40 years! Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!  Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Laiona Michelle* and Stephanie Gomerez

On the eve of her wedding, Sophie reads her mom’s diary, only to discover that the father she has never met, could be one of three men! The wedding invitation brings Sophie’s three dads to the Greek Isles in search of the life that could have been with Sophie’s mother, Donna. Filled laughter, heart and 22 hit songs including “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous”, “SOS” and the title track.

As of 2018, the show has productions in London’s West End, where it is the seventh longest-running show in West End history, as well as various international productions. Its Broadway incarnation closed in September 2015 after a 14-year run, making it the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history.

Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! and take a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!  Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made Mamma Mia! a worldwide phenomenon.

Cooper Grodin*, Dane Agostinis*, Stephanie Gomerez and Billy Clark Taylor*

The production stars Laiona Michelle* as Donna. Laiona was seen on Broadway as Nanna in Amazing Grace and in The First National Tour of The Book of Mormon.  Most recently she starred as the legendary jazz icon in the world premiere of Little Girl Blue – The Nina Simone Musical.  Joining her as her best buddies and the other 2 members of the band are Jessie Alagna* as Rosie and Carly Callahan as Tanya. Carly was last seen here in THE FANTASTICKS and THE IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS HOUR. This is Jessie’s debut in Ivoryton. Cooper Grodin*, Dane Agonistas and Billy Clark Taylor* take on the roles of the dads and Stephanie Gomerez and Jack Kay play the young lovers, Sophie and Sky. Evan Benjamin, Kelley Davies, Nico DiPrimio, Mark Gilchrist, Nicholas Gonzalez, Nigel Hall, Aliah James, Amanda Lupacchino, Melissa McLean, Ana Yi Puig, Carolina Santos Read*, Nathan Russo, Cameron Khalil Stokes, and Audrey Wilson complete this talented and energetic cast.

The production is directed and choreographed by J.R. Bruno and musical directed by David Madore with set design by Glenn Bassett, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor.

Carly Callahan, Laiona Michelle* and Jessie Alagna*

MAMMA MIA opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 26th and runs through July 28, 2019. 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 are on Saturday, July 6th and July 20th at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after July 5, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Steele

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Katie Mack (Sally Bowles) and Sam Given (Emcee) talk about CABARET at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
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CABARET
At The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – “There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” So begins the international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards – CABARET – opening in Ivoryton on Wednesday, August 7th. Join us at the Kit Kat Club as the Emcee takes us back to those tumultuous times with unforgettable musical numbers including, “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Maybe This Time.”

This Broadway classic is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. CABARET focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, as the world spins out of control. The original 1966 Broadway production became an instant hit, winning eight Tony Awards in 1967 and four in 1998. The show has inspired numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film of the same name.

CABARET is an unusual musical that has changed many times over the past 50 years to reflect the changes in the world, but the musical’s implicit warning about the temptations of fascism, nationalism and prejudice — the way they can sneak up on you when you’re having fun — has never seemed dated or irrelevant.

“It’s such an important piece of theatre, in what it says about the world and how quickly things can change,” says Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard. “I think it is even more relevant today than when it was first performed over 50 years ago. Underneath the humor, the sex and the fabulous music is a constant alarm sounding, telling us to pay attention.”

The production stars Sam Given* as the Master of Ceremonies. Sam has appeared in Ivoryton in Godspell, A Chorus Line, I Hate Musicals: The Musical and in his own one-person show with his alter ego, Millie Grams. He has recently been seen as Ziggy Stardust in Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie. Katie Mack* as Sally Bowles and Andy Tighe* as Cliff will be making their Ivoryton debuts. The cast also includes Will Clark, Carlyn Connolly*, Corrie Farbstein, Taavon Gamble*, Jade Genga, Aliah James, John Little*, Amanda Lupacchino, Amani Pope, Carolyn Popp*, Renee Sutherland, Emerson Valentina, Max Weinstein and Jayke Workman.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Katie Bunce.

CABARET opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 7th and runs through September 1st, 2019. 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 are on Saturday, August 17th and August 31st at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after August 8th, 2019.

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Steele

*denotes member of Actors Equity

 

 

 

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Boogie in July and Céilí in August!

MONDAY NIGHT CABARET EVENTS THIS SUMMER!

Tickets for all cabaret events: $25 adults; $20 students. After show music and cash bar in the tent.

Call the box office (860.767.7318), book tickets online or visit the theatre to secure your seats.

 

Monday, July 15th
BOOGIE NIGHTS –
SOUNDS OF THE ’70s

Put on your leisure suits, halter tops, and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of ground-breaking music! Boogie Nights is a fast-paced musical cabaret featuring the music of Gloria Gaynor, The Carpenters, The Village People, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and more! A Baby Boomer’s dream come true – play that funky music!

 

 

Monday, August 12th
A Summer Of Tall Tales and Music – A Night of Irish Music and Stories!

From Ireland’s Greatest Hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill, to the Magic Of Ireland’s Shamrocks. Take a journey with us as we sing such great songs as, “The Rocky Road To Dublin”, “That’s An Irish Lullaby”, “Star Of The County Down”, “Kerry Dance”, “Danny Boy” and many more!

Let the mischievous Pookas and Stories Of Fairies carry us into the last of the long days of summer!

Featuring:
Billy Bivona – Guitarist
Celeste Cumming – Cellist
David Jarkey – Pianist
Michael McDermott – Vocalist
Kathleen Mulready – Vocalist
Andrew Thomson – Bodhran and Ullieann Pipes
Victoria Wepler – Violinist/Fiddler

 

 

 

 

 

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