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Swinging into Spring with an All-Female Big Band on a Journey to the ‘40s!
Look out, Rosie the Riveter, these ladies can Swing!

Get ready to swing back in time as Ivoryton Playhouse has proudly opened Swingtime Canteen, the second show in its exciting 2024 season. From May 16th to June 9th, audiences will be transported to the iconic era of the Second World War for an unforgettable journey filled with toe-tapping tunes, heartwarming moments, and a lot of swing!

Performance Schedule:

  • First Previews: May 16th, 2024
  • Opening Night: May 17th, 2024
  • Show Dates: May 16th through June 19th, 2024
  • Performance Times: Wednesdays—2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays—7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays—8 p.m., Sundays—2 p.m.
  • Added 2 pm Matinee: Tuesday, June 4th.

Set in 1944, Swingtime Canteen takes theatergoers on a nostalgic trip to a USO canteen, where soldiers and civilians alike gather to find solace, laughter, and the joy of music amidst the chaos of war. Packed with beloved hits from the era, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” this musical extravaganza promises to have audiences singing along and dancing in their seats.

“We are thrilled to bring the timeless charm and infectious energy of Swingtime Canteen to the Ivoryton stage,” said Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director of Ivoryton Playhouse. “This production is a celebration of resilience, camaraderie, and the power of music to uplift spirits even in the darkest of times. Audiences can expect an evening filled with laughter, tears, and incredibly talented ladies!”

The show is directed by Amy Jones, a renowned New York-based theatre artist who has a long-standing pedigree with the show, having performed in the original Off-Broadway production. Swingtime Canteen promises to be a heartwarming and entertaining experience for theater lovers of all ages, featuring a talented, all-female cast of actor-musicians.

Ivoryton Playhouse is excited to announce Marcia McGuigan’s return to the Ivoryton stage as Grande Dame ‘Marian Ames’. The show also features Playhouse favorite Katie Barton as ‘Jo Sterling,’ as well as new-comers Caitlin Witty as ‘Katie Gammersflugel,’ Claire Marie Spencer as ‘Topeka Abotelli,’ and Claire-Frances Sullivan as ‘Lilly McBain.’ Rounding out the band are Mallory Kokus on reeds, Kim Bonsanti on trumpet, and Jordan Brint on the bass.

Not only is the cast filled with powerhouse females, but the design team is rounded out by amazing female-identifying artisans who lend their skills and creativity to Amy Jones’ vision. Starlet Jacobs is the Scenic Designer, with Kaylin Gess on the Lighting Design, Melissa Titus on the Props Design, and Liz Saylor on the Costume Design. Alan Piotrowitz is the loan male on the design team with Sound Design.

Tickets for Swingtime Canteen are now on sale and are $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please contact the box office.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton. 

About Ivoryton Playhouse: Ivoryton Playhouse is a renowned small professional theatre in South Central Connecticut. For many years, it has been a beacon of creativity, culture, and intimate theatrical engagement. The theatre is committed to presenting exceptional productions and creating unforgettable experiences for audiences of all ages.

For more information, interviews, and press inquiries, please contact:
Ben Hope, Executive Producer –  ben@ivorytonplayhouse.org. 321.303.0110

For press tickets, please contact:
Susan McCann – susanmc@ivorytonplayhouse.org

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IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE
103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442

2024 Season – Alabama Story Auditions

EPA auditions by appointment in NY City
Ivoryton Playhouse – Ivoryton, CT
SPT 6 – Minimum Salary – $650

Executive/Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard
Director/Associate Artistic Director: Todd Underwood
Executive Producer: Ben Hope

First Rehearsal: September 17, 2024
First Performance: October 3, 2024
Close: October 20, 2024

Performance schedule: Wednesdays 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, and Sundays 2 pm

NYC auditions:
Monday, May 20, 2024
10-6 pm (Break 1 pm – 2 pm)
Location: Pearl Studios
500 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10019
Holding Room: 411
Audition Studio: 410

In attendance:
Jacqueline Hubbard, Todd Underwood

Scheduling an appointment:
All interested performers must sign up for an appointment online at www.actorsequity.org

*Please do not email appointment requests; sign up online through the AEA website.

**Please bring a picture and resume stapled together

Questions may be directed by email to ben@ivorytonplayhouse.org

Sides are available here:

Character Breakdown:

GARTH WILLIAMS and OTHERS—50ish or older, a white writer and illustrator from the East Coast. Frisky, sardonic, dry, funny, deadly serious, and omnipresent when practical. He also assumes the roles of aged, sickly Alabama State Representative BOBBY CRONE; sincere Montgomery newspaper reporter HERSCHEL WEBB; fiery segregationist columnist HENRY BRANCH; a folky RADIO ANNOUNCER; and two silent WHITE PASSERSBY. Requires a charismatic chameleon actor with range and gravitas.

LILY WHITFIELD—32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege. Genteel Alabama accent. Politically unversed, she is the product of (and enjoys the benefits of) a racist system and has not questioned it. Sheltered, ashamed, loyal, religious, garrulous, charming, unhappily married, sentimental, all façade, ready to blossom.

JOSHUA MOORE—32, an upwardly mobile middle-class African American man who left Alabama years ago, settling in the north after serving in the Army. Purposely subtle and suppressed Alabama accent, which becomes pronounced when agitated. He is politically active, aspirational, loyal, kind, worldly, happily married, slow to boil, susceptible to nostalgia without getting lost in it, a disciple of Dr. King.

SENATOR E.W. HIGGINS—50ish or more, a white Alabama State Senator. Pronounced Alabama accent. He is an active racist, a charmer, a bully, a bull, a poisoner, and a politician. Most of what he says is rhetorical or performative. He’s not as smart as he thinks he is, but he’s influential. He is never sorry—an extrovert.

EMILY WHEELOCK REED— 50ish or more, a white female librarian, the State Librarian of Alabama, born in North Carolina and raised in Indiana. No Southern accent. She has no sense of humor, she does not suffer fools, and she is all business. When cornered, fallible. When her vulnerability is accessed and her heart unlocked, a person of good character is revealed—an introvert. THIS ROLE IS CAST

THOMAS FRANKLIN—28, a white male reference librarian, Emily’s assistant. Pronounced Alabama accent. Buttoned-up, genteel, educated, officious, efficient, slightly uncomfortable in his own skin. Neutral and objective when conveying information. The kind of man you want as your colleague or your son.

**Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Ivoryton Playhouse’s goal is to ensure that our productions and production teams reflect a multi-racial society that includes actors and stage managers with disabilities. Our casting process includes a flexible and imaginative casting policy for the purpose of increasing employment for actors and stage managers of color, women, seniors, and actors and stage managers with disabilities.

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