The Ivoryton Playhouse (103 Main Street, Ivoryton) is now closed until the first play in our 2022 season opens Thursday, April 7, 2022.

The Playhouse Administrative Office (22 Main Street, Centerbrook) will reopen Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Messages will be checked during this break.

Subscribers, please continue to mail renewal forms to PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442 and someone will contact you soon.

Tickets for individual shows in 2022 will go on sale March 1, 2022.

For more information on our 2022 season, please follow this link.

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2022 Season Information

You and I are the lucky ones. We survived the last couple of years – some of us with scars and lingering nightmares but, nevertheless, we are still here. How grateful are we for that! On a global scale, we shared moments of sorrow and gratitude, banging pots and pans in our yards or watching on our TVs. And, in our little theatre, we share gratitude for all of our patrons who supported us through the last couple of years – kept our lights on, and our spirits lifted. We learned a valuable lesson on the importance of community and shared experiences.  Please know that the applause you hear at the end of every show is filled with our gratitude for you. 

Our 2021 Season has been a year of readjustment and acceptance of a new way of doing things. We have tried hard this year to keep the theatre safe for all of us – staff, volunteers and patrons – with socially-distanced seating and an upgraded HVAC system, but next year we will need to increase our safety protocols to stay in line with the rest of the industry. We will be returning to full capacity seating and, unless there is a radical change in the world, we will be asking for proof of vaccination from all of our patrons. Masks will also be required unless we receive word from safety officials that this will not be necessary.

Our 2022 season will be an opportunity for us all to step outside our homes and come together once again with deep gratitude to celebrate our community and the love and joy we find here. I hope you will delight in the shows that we have chosen. As always, we try to find shows that bring us music and laughter, sometimes a few tears but always leaving you a little lighter, with spirits lifted and hearts warmed.

Our season will look a little different next year.  We will be offering two types of subscriptions: a 3 play and a 6 play and we will open each production with a Thursday matinee. The cost of the 3-play subscription will remain the same as it was in 2019 at $145.  The cost of the new 6-play subscription will be $295 per person.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Playhouse in 2022.

Jacqueline Hubbard
Executive/Artistic Director    

To download a form for a 6-play subscription, please follow this link.

To download a form for a 3-play subscription, please follow this link.

To view the subscription series date and time information, please follow this link.

Questions? Please call the box office 860.767.7318 or email Sue McCann at susanmc@ivorytonplayhouse.org

STAR OF FREEDOM
World premiere of a new musical
Based on the concept album “Exodus” by Jeff Blaney – Music by Jeff Blaney; Book by Lawrence Thelen
Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, May 1, 2022
Combining the lilting melodies of Irish folk and the soulful music of the African American community in the 1800s, Jeff Blaney, a Connecticut native, has conjured up a new vision of America from two very different immigrant experiences. Travel with Sean and Chloe as they cross this great, new land in search of a home.

NATIVE GARDENS
By Karen Zacarias
Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, June 12, 2022
What divides us and what do we share? A love of gardening, maybe? It is said that fences make for good neighbors but in this case, it just makes things worse. Frank Butley’s symmetrical rows of pruned shrubs or Tania Del Valle’s unruly, organic native garden? Which will win when gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this hilarious new comedy of good intentions and bad manners.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 31, 2022
This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

RING OF FIRE
The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. — Conceived by William Meade
Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, September 11, 2022
The Man in Black is Back! From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!

THE GREAT GATSBY
adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 23, 2022
Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. A beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel which defined the Jazz Age, Simon Levy’s play captures the breathtaking glamor and decadent excess of the 1920s.

WINTER WONDERETTES
Created by Roger Bean
Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, December 18, 2022
The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. 

Subscriptions are available now. Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442

Tickets go on sale March 1, 2022 – www.ivorytonplayhouse.org – 860.767.7318

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STAR OF FREEDOM

(A new musical based on the concept album Exodus by Jeff Blaney)

Music and lyrics by Jeff Blaney – Book by Lawrence Thelen

EPAs by video submission

Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton, CT

SPT Tier 6 – $520 minimum

Director – Jacqueline Hubbard

Musical Director – Jeff Blaney

First rehearsal – March 15, 2022;
Opens – April 7, 2022;
Closes May 1, 2022

6 shows a week. Performance schedule:

First week – Thursday 2pm & 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm.

Next 3 weeks – Wednesday 2pm & 7:30pm; Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm.

Videos will be accepted from December 1 – 30, 2021

Music of the show is in the style of traditional Irish and also gospel/blues.

Please submit a 2- 3 minute video that shows vocal performance and also instrumental performance if possible. 

STAR OF FREEDOM
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All actors play musical instruments, sing, and act various characters. The possibility exists that instrumentation may be swapped depending upon casting.

  1. SEAN – male, 25-35, baritone/tenor (C3-E3), plays mandolin, guitar and banjo. A likeable and engaging Irish storyteller. Charismatic and attractive. Irish accent.
  2. CHLOE – African-American female, 25-35, alto (G3-C5), plays (or is willing to learn) simple harmonica. A strong-willed, confident, attractive, young Southern woman. Southern accent.
  3. BRODY DOYLE (et al) – male, 30-55, baritone (D3-E3), plays bass. An older character actor. Jovial yet serious. Plays multiple other roles. Irish accent.
  4. JAMES MURPHY (et al) – male, 25-40, baritone/tenor (D3-E3), plays guitar. A likeable, comic, young character. Plays multiple other roles. Irish accent.
  5. LUKE (et al) – male, 20 -35, baritone (D3-E3), plays fiddle. A young, optimistic youth who is both wide-eyed and serious. Plays multiple other roles. Irish accent.
  6. UNCLE LEWIS (et al) – African-American male, 30-55, baritone (E3-F#4), plays drums. An older, devout, grounded leader. Plays multiple other roles. Southern accent

To download a copy of “Amazing Grace” sheet music, please follow this link.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEiVj4F3EVA

Send video or link to video to casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org

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Fall 2021

“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow…”

It seems a lifetime ago when we opened THE FANTASTICKS in 2018.  It was certainly a very different world.  This September we are just grateful to be here.  COVID shut our doors and the floods of Ida destroyed our dressing rooms but we are still here – filling this old theatre with music and stories and memories.  How sweet it is to be back!

September traditionally sees the start of our annual membership campaign and so, this year, we come to you once again, filled with gratitude and humbled by your generosity, and ask you to join us with an annual gift for the 2022 season.

Now, more than ever, we know how much membership means to us.  It is truly the lifeblood of the theatre.  Without ticket sales or ad revenue, it was your membership, with support from the state and federal governments that kept us going through 2020 and into 2021.  Your membership helped us to turn the lights back on, re-hire staff and make our beautiful building safe for everyone to join us once again.

On behalf of the board of trustees, staff, volunteers and thousands of theatregoers who pass through our doors, thank you for lifting our spirits with your kindness and keeping us afloat in difficult times.

Thank you for being part of our Playhouse family.

“Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow….”

Yours, always singing,

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

Download our membership form here. All donations welcome!

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Congratulations to Jacqui Hubbard who was awarded the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award last night by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. A wonderful dinner was held at The Riverhouse in Haddam with over 200 people attending.

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“Say Goodnight Gracie”

At The Ivoryton Playhouse

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse by popular demand.  This Tony nominated comedy, written by Broadway veteran Rupert Holmes, runs through November 21st. 

Come experience the life, laughter and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen. This uproarious and enthralling play features longtime Playhouse favorite R. Bruce Connelly* in a tour deforce performance as the beloved comedian. 

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE, directed by the Playhouse’s own Jacqueline Hubbard, retraces the steps that formed one of the most successful and hilarious husband-and-wife comedy duos of the 20th century. This truly first-rate production will leave you laughing and sentimental as only the Ivoryton can.

The Playhouse had hoped to bring back the award-wining show two years ago but it was postponed due to the outbreak.  “Since then,” Connelly says, “I’ve been wandering through Central Park wearing my mask and running my lines to the squirrels and birds.” He is thrilled to be bringing George Burns back to life for a live audience on the Ivoryton stage.

The play has sets designed by Martin Marchitto; costumes by Elizabeth Saylor; lighting design by Marcus Abbott; and sound by Tate R. Burmeister.

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Thursday, October 28th and runs through Sunday, November 21st, 2021. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There will be one Thursday matinee at 2:00 pm on October 28th and one Saturday matinee on October 30 at 2:00 pm.

The safety of our audience is our primary concern. We have socially distanced our capacity so that there are only 140 seats in the theatre for your comfort and protection.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318. Tickets are not available online. Visit our website at http://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information. (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

Because of socially distanced seating, we will only have 2 press seats available at each performance for the first two weeks. Please call Sue McCann at 860.767.7318 to reserve a seat.

Photographs courtesy of the Ivoryton Playhouse

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Wear your support for the Ivoryton Playhouse in our limited edition2021 Season t-shirt!

On sale at the theatre for $15 or 2 for $20. All sizes.

V-neck and crew neck styles.

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The Porch on Windy Hill

A world premiere of a new play with music

The Ivoryton Playhouse builds on its growing reputation as a home for new and developing works when it presents the original play with music THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL, opening September 23. Featuring longtime Playhouse favorite David Lutken*, the musical play, directed by Sherry Lutken, also stars Lisa Helmi Johanson*, Morgan Morse* and EJ Zimmerman* at selected performances.

This talented band of musicians wrote this piece during the roller coaster ride of 2020 and 2021. They bring to the work their own experiences in the world of country and bluegrass music and Lisa’s own experiences as a bi-racial Korean American.

THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL is the heartfelt story of an Appalachian family’s roots and the music that binds them together. When Edgar’s estranged granddaughter, Mira, and her boyfriend Beckett, descend on the old family home, Edgar must face his past prejudices in order to rekindle their relationship. Featuring traditional bluegrass favorites “Birmingham Jail,” “Down in the Valley,” “Blackberry Blossom,” “Little Log Cabin in the Lane,” and “Columbus Stockade Blues,” among many others, this sharply observed show deepens our understanding of what it means to be an American, and in a truly American way, uses music to build bridges and remind us of our shared humanity.

The play has sets designed by Martin Marchitto; costumes by Elizabeth Saylor; lighting design by Alan Piotrowicz; and sound by Tate R. Burmeister.

THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL runs through Sunday, October 17th, 2021. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

The safety of our audience is our primary concern. We have socially distanced our capacity so that there are only 140 seats in the theatre for your comfort and protection.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318. Tickets are not available online. Visit our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information. (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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Following CDC guidelines and the advice of our local Health Director, we will continue to follow safety protocols for as long as we need to.

Your health and safety is our top priority. We have made many changes to the Playhouse for your protection and we are so grateful for your understanding and support of our need to adapt to a constantly changing situation.

For our production of HAVING OUR SAY, patrons are asked to wear masks when entering the theatre and when walking around inside.  Masks are not required while seated.

Improvements made for your protection include socially distanced seating, increasing the flow of outside air to 40%, installation of air purification units, contactless ticketing, increased cleaning, hand sanitization stations and more.

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VISIT TOYS AHOY IN ESSEX or RJ JULIA IN MADISON TO BUY “ELLA CAPELLA AND THE PINK UMBRELLA”.
SHOP LOCAL!

The Ivoryton Playhouse is not able to sell or ship Ella Capella books until after January 1st.  Please allow 4 weeks for delivery until we return to the office in March 2021 and can offer pick up at our Centerbrook office as well as more timely shipping.  To order directly from Lulu please see details below.

Meet Ella Capella, a special elephant who sings and dances and entertains the whole village of Ivoryton until one day a terrible storm threatens to sweep her away.

Who will save Ella and and will she ever find a forever home?

by Jacqueline Hubbard with pictures by
Cully Long

Ideal gift! Price:  $21.99 + tax

To purchase this book via the Ivoryton Playhouse website, please follow this link.

To purchase this book via Lulu, please follow this link.

This book is dedicated to our family of supporters who came together in 2020 and built the boat, made the sandwiches and held the umbrella to keep us safe.

You are truly the stars of our stage.

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