SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO YOUR HOME “VIA ZOOM” THIS SEASON TO SUPPORT IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE

How this Holiday season is marked in 2020 will be like no other in recent memory. An annual visit with Santa Claus will also be vastly different.

To accommodate families who would like to provide children of all ages a visit with jolly Ol’ St. Nick, Billy Niedbala, a life-long fan and close friend of Santa Claus, has organized a “virtual” opportunity to bring the chief resident of the North Pole directly into your home via a Zoom Interactive session.

As an extra special Christmas present for the Ivoryton Playhouse, Santa has donated 27 visit opportunities (over three Sunday’s) as a way to raise funds to help keep our local theatre afloat.

On Sunday, December 6th, 13th and 20th Santa Claus will Zoom call into your home for a 15 minute chat with your children and family. Starting at 3pm – 6pm, Zoom video calls cost $50 for a 15 minute visit (starting at 3pm, 3:20pm and 3:40pm and so on until 5:40pm each date).

“Zoom will, without a doubt, serve as the bridge in connecting friends and families during the holidays in 2020” said Niedbala. “With Covid-19, the opportunities to visit Santa in person will be severely limited. Thankfully, I had a great conversation with Santa back on Labor Day and he has agreed to partner with me in arranging virtual visits with any interested families this year! If I can help facilitate a memorable experience between families and Santa for 2020 via this virtual platform, it will truly be an honor to do so! The Ivoryton Playhouse is also a cause close to Santa’s heart.”

If you are interested in scheduling a Zoom session with Santa Claus on one of these days and times to benefit the Ivoryton Playhouse, email Santa’s Chief Elf,  krista@ivorytonplayhouse.org or call 860.767.9520 x 205.

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In stock and available now! 

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 (offering free pick up from Centerbrook), please follow this link.

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

Books will also be available at select retail locations.  If you’d like to sell Ella Capella and the Pink Umbrella at your shop, please call 860.767.9520 and we can help you.

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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The generosity and kindness of our patrons and members has kept us going through the dark days of 2020. Though we have lost a whole year of performances we wanted to acknowledge the holiday season and the love that has kept our community together and so we are announcing a special Ivoryton Playhouse Community Story Project.

Since the world has turned upside down this year and people cannot come to the Playhouse to see a Holiday show – we want to hear from you. There is so much that divides us right now, we want to share what connects us – family, community, music, theatre. Do you have a holiday story that you would like to share with us? A snowstorm/burned turkey/surprise visit or just a personal tradition that is special to your family? We would love to hear it.

You can send your story to us at info@ivorytonplayhouse.org or call us at 860 767 9520 ext 202 and tell us your tale. Every week, from Thanksgiving to New Year, we will choose two stories to feature on our website and social media pages. The stories that are chosen will be turned into songs or scenes and performed by actors on video.

Every story chosen will be represented by a square in a patchwork quilt that we are going to create. A quilt is made up of memories – it keeps us warm and is a treasured heirloom. Our quilt of stories will help us get through this winter and be a memory for us of this unforgettable year and all the people that came together to support us.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Playhouse very soon.

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Become a Member of the Ivoryton Playhouse!

Fall 2020

“Let me entertain you
Let me make you smile…”

So sang Baby June in the immortal “Gypsy”. And so say all of us at the Ivoryton Playhouse. It is what we do best. We have been entertaining and making folks smile since Katharine Hepburn first set foot on stage here in 1931 and ignited a spark that has burned brightly for the past 89 years. Through the tough years of wars and civil rights riots and financial crashes, the Playhouse has carried on working – lifting the spirits of our community and our visitors.

And now, in what is possibly the most desperate and confusing time that we have ever lived through, we intend to keep lifting spirits – as long as we have help from you, our friends and family. We have been unable to produce even one play this year so our only source of income is you. We are so grateful for all of the members of our Playhouse family.

Without your help, 2021 will be a dark year for the Ivoryton Playhouse. Please consider a membership donation to help us turn the lights on again. In return, we will start entertaining you right away. We will email you a thank you message recorded by one of our actors with a little something to make you smile.

If these economic times have hit you hard and you just can’t help out this year, don’t worry. Send us your email address anyway and we’ll send you a message just to cheer you up. It’s what we do best.

“Let me entertain you, and we’ll have a real good time,
Yes sir! We’ll have a real good time!”

Yours, always singing,

 

 

 

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

To download a membership form, please follow this link: 2021-membership-form

To mail in your membership, please make checks payable to Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation and send to: PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442.

To make a donation online, please follow this link.

For more information about membership or if you would like to pay for your donation on a credit card, please do not hesitate to call 860.767.9520.

Thank you!

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Show your support for the Ivoryton Playhouse by purchasing a limited edition 2020 t-shirt. Crew neck and v-neck styles.

It’s the tee to be seen in this summer!

T-shirts are $50 each plus $5 postage. Or order two for $80 plus postage. Save postage and ask for your t-shirt to be picked up curbside at our admin office in Centerbrook!

To order online please follow this link.

To order 2 for $80 please call Krista at 860.767.9520 x 205 to pay by credit card.

Checks also accepted. Make payable to Ivoryton Playhouse, include your requested style and size and mail to: Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442.

Thank you for helping the Ivoryton Playhouse raise critical funds this summer and show your support for the arts.

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Calling Women Playwrights!

Submissions for the 2021 Women Playwrights Festival is now CLOSED.
We have already received almost 200 submissions and would like to sincerely thank all those who have shown such passion for and interest in our festival.
Thank you, also, to all our readers who will be evaluating plays all summer.  Announcement of plays to be produced will be made in the Fall.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our Fifth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival. We are seeking submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The IWPF provides the 4 writers whose work is chosen paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while here, 3 days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival in February/March 2021 (actual date to be determined). There is also a $500 stipend.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

AS OF JULY 10, THE PLAYHOUSE IS NO LONGER TAKING SUBMISSIONS. 

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), with name and contact info.

The Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival also seeks resumes from directors (CT residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to
Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director  jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org

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On March 18th, 2020, the Ivoryton Playhouse planned to open its doors for the start of a whole new season but the universe had other plans.

We have been closed down by the state since March 16th and have been waiting to hear if we may be able to produce a limited season in the summer or fall. But we are heading into summer and the likelihood of producing grows slimmer every day and so we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 season.

If the world has changed enough for us to produce next year, then we will attempt 2020 Part 2 and hope to be able to produce everything we were prevented from producing this year – with bells on!

The Ivoryton Playhouse has been producing theatre for 90 years. The only years that it has been dark were during the Second World War and in 1977 when the future of the theatre hung in the balance and it was almost knocked down to make way for a drug store! But it has survived, through all of these challenges, and we are confident that we will be back – stronger and enriched by this unprecedented experience.

And so the curtain goes down on our 2020 season but we look forward with great hope and optimism to 2021 and a season filled with music and love and laughter and community!

Our creativity lies in our community; without our subscribers, members, single ticket buyers, volunteers and more we are simply small voices in an empty theatre. We value how you support and play your part in our organization so much.

While subscribers have already been contacted, if you currently hold single tickets for any of our 2020 season shows we will be contacting you soon or you can reply to this email. The Ivoryton Playhouse would like to offer you options to choose from for this year’s individual cancelled tickets:

1) You can use the price of the tickets as a generous donation to the Ivoryton Playhouse. This would be the most helpful to us as the theatre is suffering greatly during this pandemic. To acknowledge your gift, we will send you a postcard detailing the donation. We thank all of you that have already contacted us and donated tickets back to the theatre; it means more to us than you can know.

We understand that this is not possible for everyone – everyone’s situation is different and we will certainly take care of you and your concerns by offering these other alternatives:

2) A gift certificate for the amount of money you paid (less service charges) that can be used towards tickets to any show we produce in future – there is no expiration date on gift certificates;

3) We can process a refund by check for the amount of money you paid for the tickets (less service charges).

We have a very small staff working right now but be assured you will be contacted over the next couple of weeks or you can reply to this email. We pride ourselves on our customer service – we are here for you and we will respect your wishes.

Stay safe because we are looking forward to seeing you in person at the Playhouse as soon as we can.

With love,

 

 

 

 

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director
Ivoryton Playhouse

We will call you about ticket issues but if you want to contact Sue McCann, Box Office Manager, please telephone 860.767.9520 x 203.

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Everyone is suffering during this unsettling time and the Playhouse is no exception.  We have had to cancel and postpone shows, we cancelled an important fundraiser and lost a storytelling event and one summer cabaret.  We are so sad because all we want to do is produce great shows for appreciative audiences.  That’s what we do best.

Before we can open and finally welcome people through our doors again, we are working every single day to try and make our 2020 season as good as possible.  In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate any and all donations to help the Ivoryton Playhouse survive this challenging time.  Please consider making a gift by clicking on the the DONATE NOW link below.  Thank you for supporting us! 

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As the Ivoryton Playhouse plans for the future, we need your help. We are committed to bringing you the terrific shows that you have come to expect from us, but as you might imagine, we want to make it as safe and comfortable for you as we can. We would be grateful if you could take just 2-5 minutes to answer a few key questions to help us understand how we can help and what we might expect from our audiences during this unprecedented time.

Thank you!

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