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Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of “Mystic Pizza: The Musical,” an exciting new addition to its 2024 season lineup and the first-ever production of this new musical in Connecticut! This highly anticipated musical adaptation of the beloved 1988 film will grace the historic stage from June 27th to July 28th, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Performance Schedule:

  • First Previews: June 27th, 2024
  • Opening Night: June 28th, 2024
  • Show Dates: June 27thth through July 28th, 2024
  • Performance Times: Wednesdays—2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays—7:30, Fridays and Saturdays—8 p.m., Sundays—2 p.m.
  • Added 2 pm Matinees: Saturday, July 6th, and Saturday, July 20th.

Mystic Pizza brings to life the heartwarming coming-of-age story of three young women navigating love, friendship, and life in the charming coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut. With a book by Sandy Rustin and music and lyrics by some of the greatest pop and rock stars of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Mystic Pizza captures the spirit of the original film while adding a fresh and vibrant twist. Audiences can expect to be swept away by catchy tunes, dynamic choreography, and an endearing narrative that celebrates the essence of small-town life and the bonds that hold us together.

Under the expert direction of celebrated director and choreographer Brian Feehan, the production boasts a stellar cast featuring Broadway veterans and rising stars. Broadway’s Leenya Rideout* (War Horse, Cabaret revival, Company) plays Leona Silva, the owner of Mystic Pizza. Ariella Kvashny* plays the iconic Daisy Arujo, the role that launched the career of Julia Roberts in the original film. Joining her are rising stars Alyssa Giannetti* playing Jo Barboza, and Carina Hernandez, playing Kat Arujo. Will Clark* returns to the Playhouse as Bill Montijo, with Isaac Kueber as Charles Gordon Windsor Jr. and Michael Ferraro* as Tim Travers. Rounding out the female ensemble are Taylor Krebuszewski*, Olivia Fenton, Liv Kurtz, and Johanna Regan Milani. The male ensemble includes Ivoryton favorites Josh Powell* and Cory Candelet, with Will Pazdziora*, Alex Polzun, and Andrew Johnson. Laura Lynne Gonzalez* is the Stage Manager.

The creative team includes many Ivoryton regulars: David Madore will be the Music Director, with scenic design by Cully Long, Lighting by Marcus Abbott, Costumes by Liz Saylor, Props Design by Melissa Titus, and Sound Design by Shyloh-Symone Bailey.

So, what’s the special sauce in Mystic Pizza? It’s got to be the myriad of recognizable favorites from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including ‘Addicted to Love’, ‘Take My Breath Away’, ‘Into the Mystic’, ‘The Power of Love’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, and many more!

Ivoryton Playhouse is proud to produce this story rooted in New England’s culture and heritage. Several events are being planned with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, including Mystic Day at Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, July 10th. These include ticket giveaways, opportunities for discount tickets, and other joint promotions highlighting the region and the Mystic Pizza restaurant.  As a community theater with deep ties to the region, Ivoryton Playhouse is dedicated to showcasing productions that resonate with local audiences while attracting visitors from far and wide.

Tickets for Mystic Pizza are now on sale. They 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. It has been a beacon of creativity, culture, and intimate theatrical engagement for many years. 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

*These actors appear courtesy of the Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 

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SAVE THE DATE for the Ivoryton Playhouse Fundraiser – September 14th, 2024!

Mark your calendar and join us on September 14, 2024, for a casual evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, Canción Tequila tasting, auctions, and raffles—all to benefit Ivoryton Playhouse.

Tickets are limited and will be available for purchase starting June 24, 2024 at Ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling our Box Office at 860.767.7318.

Captain’s Ticket $250 (tax-deductible value $180)

Includes music, hors d’oeuvres, Canción Tequila tasting, cocktails, VIP parking, and an invitation to an exclusive 2025 Season Reveal party!

First Mate Ticket $150 (tax-deductible value $80) Includes music, hors d’oeuvres, Canción Tequila tasting, cocktails, and free parking.

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Check out our video clip for Swingtime Canteen! On stage until Sunday, June 9th!

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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BELOW IS THE IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE 2023 ANNUAL REPORT

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White Birch Blog – Reviews by Kiersten Bjork

Review by Bonnie Goldberg – CT Critics Circle member

EVERLY: The Music of The Everly Brothers      

Open now is the much-anticipated two-person theatrical concert Everly: The Music of the Everly Brothers! Step into the world of timeless melodies and unforgettable harmonies as Ivoryton Playhouse pays homage to the legendary Everly Brothers. Mark your calendars because this musical extravaganza is not to be missed!  

Performance Schedule:   Show Dates: On stage now through April 28th, 2024
Performance Times: Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays – 7:30 p.m.,
Fridays and Saturdays – 8:00 p.m., Sundays – 2:00 p.m.  
Tickets for matinee performances are already limited. Additional Saturday matinee added April 20th at 2pm.

Ivoryton Playhouse is the perfect intimate setting to enjoy this musical journey. Everly features tons of unforgettable songs: “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Bye Bye, Love, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and dozens more. From the Everly Brothers’ most recognizable hits to some of their deepest tracks, audiences will be thrilled by this celebration of iconic music that has stood the test of time. 

Eric Anthony and Ben Hope, the talented duo who created and star in the show, capture the essence of the Everly Brothers like never before. With their pitch-perfect vocals and undeniable chemistry, they’ll have you singing along from start to finish.   Hope, who also directs the show, says, “We’ve tried to create more than just a concert; something richer than a tribute show or playlist. We want to explore the lives and careers of these two icons of American music and the cultural landscape in which their music thrived. We hope the audience experience includes falling in love with this music again, but we also hope they walk away feeling a deeper connection to Don and Phil.”  

Already extended by popular demand, Everly: The Music of the Everly Brothers is the perfect way to start the season! Tickets continue to sell fast, so don’t wait. Head to the Ivoryton Playhouse website or call the box office to secure your seats. Make new memories while celebrating the nostalgia of the timeless music of the Everly Brothers.
Tickets 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.)  

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

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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A NOTE FROM JACQUI HUBBARD: Another year is winding down and I am looking out of my window at the glorious reds and golds of autumn. How lucky are we to live here!

Inside our theatre, we have had a veritable rainbow of colors this year – from the sparkles and sequins of GEORGIA MCBRIDE to the cabin colored beauty of ON GOLDEN POND. We climbed the snow-white Alps in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and then slipped out of an alley, under a shadowy streetlight in New Jersey to celebrate the music of the Four Seasons in JERSEY BOYS. Currently, our stage is ablaze with the magnificent passion of THE COLOR PURPLE and we will wind up 2023 with tinsel and mistletoe and a rockin’ rollin’ Christmas celebration with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS.

I can’t wait to share with you our line-up for next year but you can count on the fact that it will be just as colorful and tuneful as this year, plus a little something more!

We hope you will support Ivoryton Playhouse this year with an annual contribution.  Your membership allows us to maintain this beautiful building, provide subsidized tickets for schools and for those that struggle with serious illness, and breath light and life into this little community.

On behalf of the board of trustees, staff, volunteers, and the thousands of theatregoers like you who enjoy the treasure that is Ivoryton Playhouse, thank you for supporting our work with a membership donation. Thank you for being an important part of the magic and helping us bring a little more joy, a little more music and a little more color into our world. 

Sincerely,

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

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