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Join us for ElementNext: Celebrate!

Here’s a sneak peek at the music of the talented Trina Vargas, headlining her very own TRINA VARGAS BAND, performing tomorrow (July 31st) as part of the ElementNext series, presented by Brief Cameo Productions and the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Where: Six Summit Gallery, 314 Flatrock Place, Westbrook
When: Saturday, July 31 at 6:30-8:30pm

FREE and Open to the Public. Made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

About The Artists

Enjoy an evening of fun covers of your pop and rock favorites, including Seal, Norah Jones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, and more! THE TRINA VARGAS BAND headlines eponymous vocalist Trina Vargas, accompanied by Ivoryton Playhouse and Brief Cameo Productions alum Dan Hartington on guitar.

Trina Vargas is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from the Hartt School of Music and has taken on Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. She has performed worldwide with the USO Show Troupe, Holland America Cruise Lines, Dublin Worldwide & Spirit Productions along with many local theatre companies. This fall you will see her face on the new HBO show “The Gilded Age.” She can also be seen on The Chelsea Handler Show, General Hospital, and with many major sports teams singing both US and Canadian national anthems. Currently Trina resides in Connecticut post Covid and will be playing gigs with The Trina Vargas Band as much as she can! She has started ‘The Trina Vargas Show‘ on Youtube sharing insightful stories of others. www.trinavargas.com

Dan Hartington is a guitarist with a diverse performing and teaching career and regularly collaborates on music of all styles with other musicians, actors, dancers, and writers. As a classical guitarist he was a founding member of the New England Guitar Quartet, has performed on numerous concert series including the Hillstead Museum Sunken Garden Poetry and Musical Festival, the Connecticut Guitar Society, and he was the founding Director of the Hartford Classical Guitar Ensemble. As an electric and commercial guitarist, he is very active as a pit musician in regional and off-Broadway productions and has worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Norma Terris Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Connecticut Repertory Theater. He is a regular contributor to “Live & In Color,” an NYC based non-profit that develops new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity (https://www.theatreincolor.org). He can also be seen performing with “Apartment Sessions,” a collective of NYC musicians centered around building a strong and diverse community through collaboration (https://www.apartmentsessionsnyc.com). He is faculty member in the Performing Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University where he teaches Individual Instruction in Guitar and Guitar Ensemble. www.danhartington.com

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Want to see MURDER FOR TWO in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can!

Our “live capture” of this hilarious and madcap production is now available to purchase as a live stream. Available for viewing until August 1st only.

Cost is $20. Order online and you will be emailed a YouTube link to gain exclusive access to the show as recorded on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ORDER ONLINE

 

 

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Our thanks to Option A for producing this great vidclip for us!  Tickets are going fast for this mapcap comedy musical.  Come back to the Ivoryton Playhouse and have some fun!

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Due to high public demand, an additional matinee has been added for MURDER FOR TWO – Saturday, July 24th at 2pm.

Most shows for MURDER FOR TWO are now sold out so this is your chance to grab some tickets now! Call the box office 860.767.7318 to secure your seats.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its doors for a 5 play season on July 8, 2021 now with the mask mandate removed as per new Actors Equity Association Union recommendations.

Playhouse Operations Manager and Covid-19 Safety Manager, Steve Phelan, says “We know that our audiences will be relieved that the mask mandate has been lifted but we want to assure everyone that we will still be following stringent safety protocols including socially distanced seating, and no concessions will be sold, except water, for this first production. Audience safety, as well as their enjoyment of the show, is still our primary concern. We are hoping to be able to welcome more audience members safely in the months ahead”

The health and safety of our actors, patrons and staff is our top priority.  We have made many improvements to the Ivoryton Playhouse for your protection including 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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The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its doors for a 5-play season on July 8, 2021.

It’s time to get out and share some music and laughter and we’ll be providing it with a liberal dash of blood with MURDER FOR TWO!

MURDER FOR TWO, by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

The New York Times calls it “INGENIOUS! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.” You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

 

Photographs by Joan Marcus.
Joe Kinosian as The Suspects and Ian Lowe at piano and as Detective Marcus.

MURDER FOR TWO was developed at The Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented the World Premiere Production in May, 2011, which was extended 4 times and ran for more than 6 months. Kinosian and Blair were recognized with a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical

Everyone is a suspect in MURDER FOR TWO – Ian Lowe*, who was last seen in Ivoryton in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, plays the detective, and Joe Kinosian* plays all 13 suspects and they both play the piano! Joe also co-wrote this smart, funny musical and we are thrilled to have him perform his tour de force in Ivoryton.

A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Don’t miss this opportunity to step back into life and laughter at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

 

Photographs by Joan Marcus.
Joe Kinosian as The Suspects and Ian Lowe at piano and as Detective Marcus.

The show is directed and choreographed by Wendy Seyb, the set is designed by Martin Marchitto, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Saylor.

MURDER FOR TWO opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 8 and runs through August 1, 2021. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There will be one Thursday matinee on July 8.

The safety of our audience is our primary concern. Face masks are required at all times in the theatre. There is no intermission and no concessions will be sold. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the theatre. We have socially distanced our seats so that there are only 96 seats in the theatre for your comfort and protection.  To view our socially distanced seating plan, please follow this link.

The second show in our 2021 Summer Season will be:

HAVING OUR SAY:  THE DELANY SISTERS FIRST 100 YEARS
by Emily Mann, adapted from the book “Having Our Say”
August 12th – September 5th, 2021
A beautiful, funny and heartfelt family drama based on the bestselling memoir of Bessie and Sadie Delany – trailblazers, activists and best friends.

MORE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students and are available on June 14 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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We have many exciting “pop up” events scheduled for this summer.

About the Series

This new series of programming focuses on new and unique small-scale performances, shining a light on local artists in collaboration with Brief Cameo Productions and Ivoryton Playhouse to engage with area spaces, both traditional and unconventional. Curated by BCP Resident Music Director Jill Brunelle.

These events are all FREE and open to the public.

Dates and times subject to change.

ElementNext is made possible through a generous grant from the:

 

 

 

 

Play: Kimberly Wilson’s A Journey…

Sunday, July 18, 2021 @ 1:00pm
Connecticut River Museum | 67 Main St, Essex

A JOURNEY… by Kimberly Wilson is an intricate look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black womanhood with courage, dignity, faith, hope, and strength in perfect lockstep with the history of the United States. Eight women, eight pivotal generations, present to you their stories through song, movement and dialogue and how ultimately their faith, hope, and calling help shape the America we know today. Joyful celebrations and painful reflections are rendered artistically to tell a story of persistence and courage and how our Black womanhood, not always intricately woven into the tapestry of American history, is another thread that weaves together the fabric of America’s History. Included in this journey are historical reflections from a Native African Queen, a Slave Woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Haggar Tonquin, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and more.

Originally from Minneapolis, Kimberly first pursued theater while in high school, studying and performing at The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. Kimberly was also a founding acting company member of Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. After studying theater at Howard University, Kimberly returned home and continued her acting career performing in plays and television commercials. She has performed with many theater companies including, the Shoestring Playhouse, At the Foot of the Mountain, Brass Tacks Theater, Park Square, Theatre in the Round, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Festival Theater, Penumbra Theater, Collective Consciousness Theater, New Haven Theater Company and The Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk. For the past seven years, Kimberly Wilson has been touring her original musical one-woman show A Journey locally and nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, historical societies, places of worship and other community organizations. She continues to schedule bookings throughout the year. This highly acclaimed performance brings to life seven historical African-American women, including an African Queen, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and more. Through soulful singing, character transformations, joyous celebrations and painful reflections, Ms. Wilson takes the audience on a powerful Journey of courage, persistence, hope, faith, and love. Kimberly Wilson was last seen in the Greenwich Theatre Company production of 7 Easy Pieces by Jack Rushton, November 2019.

Visit her website at www.thewilsonproductions.com for more info.

SING: Christine Manalo & Rick Baumer

Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 1:00pm
Six Summit Gallery | 314 Flatrock Pl, Westbrook

Christine Manalo is a vocalist and pianist who is native to Watertown, CT. Christine is a graduate at Western Connecticut State University, where she studied classical voice and piano performance. Past stage credits include Hansel und Gretel (Gretel) at WCSU, which was selected as the 1st Place Division Winner at the National Opera Association; The Magic Flute (Second Spirit) at Yale Opera, and Die Zauberflote (Pamina). She has studied voice with Margaret Astrup, Laura Mashburn, and classical piano with Russell Hirshfield. Christine is a recipient of the James Furman Scholarship Award, and placed as a finalist in the Upper College Division in the New England NATS Competition. Additionally, Christine is currently the organist and cantor at All Saints with Christ Church in Oakville, CT. Outside of performing, Christine is an educator in Bethel, CT, where she teaches choir, piano, general music, and is the theatre vocal director at Bethel High School.

Rick Baumer grew up in Newtown, CT and began playing guitar at age eight. After Rick’s sophomore year of high school, his family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, during which his study of music intensified. Rick completed his bachelor and masters degree at Western Connecticut State University, where he was a recipient of the James Furman Scholarship Award for performance in a jazz quartet. He has studied with guitarists Chris Morrison, Michel Leme and Jamie Begian. You can currently find Rick performing in duos with vocalists Amanda Bellitto and Christine Manalo. He is also a member of the Jerrod Cattey Trio and Quartet, as well as a leader of his own groups, including the Brazilian music ensemble, Studio Rio. In addition to performing, Rick is an educator in Bethel, CT, where he teaches orchestra, guitar, music theory and electronic music at Bethel High School.

 

CREATE: Solon Sneider & Friends

Saturday, July 31, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Six Summit Gallery | 314 Flatrock Pl, Westbrook

More information coming soon.

 

 

 

LOOK: Camilla Tassi

Saturday, August 7, 2021 (all day visual art installation)
Six Summit Gallery | 314 Flatrock Pl, Westbrook

More information coming soon.

 

LISTEN: Sanne Zwikker

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ TBA
Location TBA

“A friend of music, is a friend of mine…”

Sanne Zwikker | Sonata No. 1 in G Minor – Adagio from Sanne Zwikker on Vimeo.

Sanne Zwikker is a 14-year-old Dutch-American violinist from New York City. She picked up her first violin at age of three. Later, she moved to the Greater New York area to study at the Manhattan School of Music conservatory. In 2018, Luister magazine introduced Sanne as the “young, super talented violinist from New York City”. This renown classical music magazine premiered her full performance of the Saint Saens Violin Concerto in the fall of 2020. In the summer of 2019, Sanne brought her GenZ Tour to the Netherlands where she performed her Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with sold out performances in 4 cities. Mexican-American conductor, Felipe Tristan praised her: “She is very talented and driven, and her repertoire is difficult.” In the same year, her crossover version of Bach’s 1st Sonata with world champ beatboxer, B-Art was streamed live to 100K gen Z followers. LEVEN magazine called her the “young protégée who builds bridges in the world of music”, referring to working across borders, music styles, and age groups.

Sanne Zwikker studies under the tutelage of Xiao Wang (a Curtis alumni and former student of Joseph Silverstein) and Kyung Yu (a Juilliard alumni and former student and assistant of Dorothy DeLay). During her earlier years she studied under the guidance of Carl Shugart (a Juilliard alumni and former student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins), in the Greater New York City area. At nine years old, she moved to Miami to study with Michael Klotz (Senior Instructor and Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University, and a Juilliard alumni and former student of Lewis Kaplan and Lynn Blakeslee). Her principle influence is Ida Haendel and Julia Fischer.

Visit her website at www.sannezwikker.com or follow her on Instagram at @SanneZwikker.

DANCE: Tiffany Wilson

Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ TBA
Location TBA

More information coming soon.

 

 

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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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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
Ivoryton –EPA video submissions
Ivoryton Playhouse    Ivoryton, CT

Submissions Deadline
June 25th, 2021

Casting Personnel
Director: Todd Underwood
Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard

Other Dates:
The show runs from August 12th – September 5th, 2021. First rehearsal – July 27th, 2021.

Performance schedule:
Wed and Sun 2pm/ Wed and Thurs 7:30pm/ Fri and Sat 8pm

Contract SPT
$1,000 per week

Submissions  should be sent to casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org and should be accompanied by a headshot and resume.

Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
by Emily Mann, adapted from the book “Having Our Say” by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, based on the lives of Sadie and Bessie Delany

“Life is short. It’s up to you to make it sweet.” — Sadie Delany

Trailblazers, activist, and best friends, the Delany sisters — 103-year-old Sadie and Bessie, age 101 — take us on a “provocative and entertaining” (The New York Times) journey of triumphs over prejudice in times of social unrest. Celebrate the story of a century as lived by “two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom” (Chicago Tribune) in this funny and heartfelt family drama based   on the bestselling memoir.

THE STORY: HAVING OUR SAY opens as 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their Mount Vernon, New York, home. As they prepare a celebratory dinner in remembrance of their father’s birthday, they take us on a remarkable journey through the last hundred years of our nation’s history, recounting a fascinating series of events and anecdotes drawn from their rich family history and careers as pioneering African-American professionals. Their story is not simply African-American history or women’s history. It is our history, told through the eyes of two unforgettable women as they look not only into the past, but also ahead into the twenty-first century.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Miss Sadie Delany: Female, 103+
103 year old African-American woman, a retired high school teacher. She has a sweet disposition but gets her point across clearly.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Dr. Bessie Delany: Female, 101+
101 year old African-American woman, a retired dentist. She has a bite to her personality and is more outspoken.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Sides are available here by clicking on the character names below:

Bessie Monologues

Sadie Monologues

Submissions  should be sent to casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org and should be accompanied by a headshot and resume.

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Become a Member of the Ivoryton Playhouse!

“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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