Auditions for The Normal Heart

The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their June 2019 production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run June 7 – 23, 2019. Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5 starting promptly at 7 p.m. Sign-in both days will be at 6:30 p.m. We are seeking 8 men and 1 women. A detailed character breakdown can be found on the LTM website (www.cheneyhall.org). Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, April 15. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions or show should be directed to artisticcommittee@cheneyhall.org.

Character Breakdown:

Ned Weeks – loosely based on the Larry Kramer, Ned is the protagonist of the play. He is deeply committed to fighting for the rights of gay men and doesn’t mind who he pisses off. He is deeply loyal to everyone and is only looking for one outcome – for all gay men to be proud of being gay. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be onstage in their underwear and to be very intimate with another man.

Felix Turner – a columnist for the New York Times, he agrees to meet with Ned to learn more about this strange disease, but really he finds Ned attractive. Felix and Ned become lovers in this uncertain time. Felix is kind, genuine, and is one of the few people who can go toe to toe with Ned and not get scared away. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be very intimate with another man.

Bruce Niles – handsome, commanding, intelligent, and oddly enough in the closet. Bruce is Ned’s friend but also his antagonist at times. Bruce wants to help with the fight but isn’t willing to fully commit by being out about it. Bruce is former military and very charismatic – what all the boys in Fire Island want!

Dr. Emma Bruckner – she is one of the few doctors in New York taking the crisis seriously. She has logged more patients than any doctor in the city and wants to get to the word out to the gay community that there is something wrong. She sees in Ned a kindred spirit and she wants to work with him to start saving lives. She spends the entire show in a wheel chair.

Ben Weeks – Ben is Ned’s brother. He is a very wealthy attorney for a large NY law firm. He loves his brother yet tolerates his brother’s sexuality – “it’s fine with me as long as you don’t waive it in my face”. In the end, aside from Felix, Ben is the only person Ned truly loves and trusts.

Tommy Boatwright – young, excited, passionate and a “southern bitch”. Tommy is “the fixer” of the group. He knows how to talk to people, he knows on to mediate issues, and he is very intelligent and understands what needs to be done.

Mickey Marcus – Mickey represents “Everyman”….well…every gay man. He works for the city of New York, pays his taxes, loves his family and loves being gay. He is proud of who he is and has stood up for gay rights starting with Stonewall. But Mickey is afraid of losing his job and his livelihood thanks to Ned’s tirades.

Track 1:

Craig Donner – appears at the start of the show; Bruce Niles’ boyfriend who has just been diagnosed

Grady – a worker for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis; funny, young

Examining Doctor – a doctor putting Dr. Bruckner through her paces

Track 2:

David – appears at the beginning of the show; has just been examined by Bruckner and recognizes Ned

Hiram Keebler – Mayor Koch’s assistant; officious, condescending, and in the closet.

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Little Theatre of Manchester to Host Lecture on Famed Sherlock Actor William Gillette and His Castle

The life of William Gillette and his East Haddam, Connecticut, castle lecture will be presented on Saturday, January 26, 2019

    • Free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling the box office at 860-647-9824.
      • Time: 2:00 pm
      • Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation
      • Presented by: Paul Schiller
      • When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
      • Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT

Schiller of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will give an hour-long presentation on William Gillette—a Connecticut-born actor, playwright, and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes—and on one of Connecticut’s largest tourist attractions, the iconic Gillette Castle.  This program is in conjunction with LTM’s February production of Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

Schiller has worked for the Connecticut DEEP as a Seasonal Interpretive Guide at Gillette State Park since 2013, providing engaging and informative tours to castle visitors. Mr. Schiller has spoken about the castle on local radio stations such as iCRV in Ivoryton and 94.9FM and on NBC Connecticut, NESN’s ‘New England Boating’, and WFSB’s ‘Better Connecticut’.  Schiller is currently the Vice President of the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park, an all-volunteer non-profit that supports the park through preservation, conservation, and education.

 

LTM’s production of Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT will run February 1 to February 17 at Cheney Hall in Manchester, Connecticut.

For more information call the box office at 860-647-9824 or visiting www.cheneyhall.org

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CANCELLED: LTM’s Lunchtime Lecture for Ken Ludwig’s “THE GAME’S AFOOT”

Due to illness and weather, the January 22nd Lunchtime Lecture for THE GAME’S AFOOT has been cancelled. However, please join us on Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm as Paul Schiller of Gillette Castle leads a lecture on the life of William Gillette and his Connecticut Castle. Please call 860-647-9824 to RSVP to this free event. Guests will have an opportunity to asks questions after the presentation. The lecture will take place at Cheney Hall at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT.

“THE GAMES AFOOT”

In Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT fictitious murder comedy, Gillette has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer before the next victim appears. In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT takes many twists and turns.

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many  publications, including America in WWIIThe Isherwood CenturyTelling Tales Out Of SchoolLatin LoversStories From The Other SideChicken Soup For the Volunteer’s SoulLiberating MindsWhen A Lifemate DiesA Loving TestimonyMourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

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Seeking Paid Designers!

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LITTLE THEATRE OF MANCHESTER SEEKS PAID DESIGNERS

The Little Theatre of Manchester is in search of designers for its upcoming 2019 season. We are looking to fill the following paid positions:

Costume Designer

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Prop Designer

Sound Designer / Engineer

 

Please send an email to tech@cheneyhall.org and include the your Name, Area of Interest and Production of interest.

 

Our 2019 season is: The Game’s Afoot – 2/1-2/17; Dreamgirls – 4/12-4/28; The Normal Heart – 6/7-6/23; The Dixie Swim Club – 8/2-8/18; and Mama Mia – 11/1-11/17.

 

Please enclose your resume or something similar either attached or in the body of the email

Note: If you have applied to LTM within the last 6 months, you do not need to reapply. Thank you!

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Seeking Experienced Director for DREAMGIRLS

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking an experienced director for their April 2019 Production of DREAMGIRLS. All are invited to apply with a strong preference for directors of color. DREAMGIRLS is expected to audition in December 2018 with rehearsals beginning late January/early February 2019.

Production dates are April 12 thru 28 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday Matinees). A stipend is provided.

Please send an email of interest, resume and availability for an interview on either November 14 or 15 to Michael Forgetta, Artistic Director at artisticboard@cheneyhall.org.

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Auditions for The Games Afoot

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding auditions for a multi-ethnic cast for a February production of Ken Ludwig’s “THE GAMES AFOOT.” Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 6:00 pm, and Monday, November 5th at 7:00 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, in Manchester.

Show dates are February 1st – 17th at Cheney Hall.

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a multi-racial cast for a February production of Ken Ludwig’s smash comedy, The Game’s Afoot, directed by Shane Kegler. Auditions are Sunday, November 4th from 6-8 pm, and Monday, November 5th from 7-9 pm. Auditions are held at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. All roles are available. The Game’s Afoot is a hilarious physical comedy; actors should come prepared to move! Please direct all questions to Auditions@cheneyhall.org

Broadway superstar William Gillette, famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a dinner party. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette will have to summon every ounce of Sherlock he can to solve the mystery!

ROLES:
William Gillette (Male, 35-45) – Dynamic and charming stage actor.
Felix Geisel (Male, 40-45) – The theatre company’s character actor. Gillette’s best friend.
Simon Bright (Male, 23-28) – Enthusiastic young man, eager to please. Recently married to Aggie.
Inspector Harriet Goring – (Female, 40-59) English and eccentric.
Martha Gillette (Female, 65-79) – William’s elegant and dotting mother.
Madge Geisel (Female 40-45) – Wry and outspoken. Married to Felix
Aggie Wheeler (Female, 23-28) – Ingenue. Good-natured and kind. Married to Simon. Has a dark side.
Daria Chase (Female 34-48) – Glamorous theatre critic people love to hate. Biting, yet charming.

Any questions, please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with KISS ME, KATE!

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Kiss Me, Kate, Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

  • Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
  • Time: Noon – 1 PM
  • Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
  • Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.

If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

 

 

“KISS ME, KATE”

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Tom, Dick or Harry,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “I Hate Men,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Another Op’nin, Another Show.”

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many  publications, including America in WWIIThe Isherwood CenturyTelling Tales Out Of SchoolLatin LoversStories From The Other SideChicken Soup For the Volunteer’s SoulLiberating MindsWhen A Lifemate DiesA Loving TestimonyMourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES!

On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, created by Roger Bean.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Time: Noon – 1 PM
  • Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
  • Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.

If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

 

 

“THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES”

Take a trip back to the 1958 Springfield High school prom where we meet The Marvelous Wonderettes, four girls with voices as big as their bouffants and personalities as kooky as their crinoline skirts! From prom night to their ten-year reunion the girls perform such classic hits as “It’s My Party, “Mr. Sandman,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “RESPECT,” and many more!

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many  publications, including America in WWIIThe Isherwood CenturyTelling Tales Out Of SchoolLatin LoversStories From The Other SideChicken Soup For the Volunteer’s SoulLiberating MindsWhen A Lifemate DiesA Loving TestimonyMourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

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CHENEY HALL TO OFFER “BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO” ON FATHER’S DAY!

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  • Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: The Patio at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: $30.00 per person and must be purchased in advance to guarantee a meal

 

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Patrons attending Little Theatre of Manchester’s (LTM’s) production of LOVE/SICK on Sunday, June 17, 2018, can purchase a barbeque meal cooked outside on Cheney Hall’s patio beginning at noon.

For $30 per person BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO tickets, guests will be treated to grilling from Brown Sugar Catering featuring a menu of barbecue ribs and/or chicken, beef brisket sliders, baked beans, caramelized onion potato salad, roasted summer vegetables, mixed green salad/dressing, fresh fruit salad, strawberry shortcake and a beverage.

BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO is a chance for patrons to either celebrate Father’s Day or just enjoy a delicious meal before seeing LTM’s current comedy, LOVE/SICK—an 80-minute romp that explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love.

Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone, featuring nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short vignettes taking place in an alternate suburban reality. The Hartford Courant calls it, “a dark, amusing look at romance…strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy…light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging.” LOVE/SICK plays June 1 to June 17, 2018, at Cheney Hall and tickets are $19-$25.

Tickets LOVE/SICK and the BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO are available at the Cheney Hall Box Office at 860-647-9824 or visiting www.cheneyhall.org.

 

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Auditions for Kiss Me, Kate

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding auditions for a multi-ethnic cast for a November production of Cole Porter’s classic, “KISS ME, KATE.” Auditions will be held on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm, and Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, in Manchester.

Show dates are November 2nd – 18th at Cheney Hall.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song and a ballad in the style of Cole Porter; both songs may not be requested. Songs from “KISS ME, KATE” are acceptable, but not required. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or acapella. Dress comfortably in order to dance. Scene selections will be provided.

“KISS ME, KATE” is a play within a play featuring a group of actors at a theatre in Baltimore on opening night of “The Shrew,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Taming of the Shrew. The basic story is boy has girl, loses girl, so he tries again and gets her back – a happy ending with lots of comedy in between. It pays homage to Shakespeare, operetta and vaudeville, featuring comic players in the form of 1940’s gangsters. It is a musical comedy with tap, jazz and soft-shoe dance opportunities. The cast is as follows:

Fred Graham – 30 to 40’s+, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play, “The Shrew” and plays Petruchio. He has the most Shakespearean dialogue and is Lilli V’s ex-husband.

Lilli Vanessi – 30 to 40’s+, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen, proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in “The Shrew,” but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.

Lois Lane – 20 to 30’s, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential ingénue with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in “The Shrew.”

Bill Calhoun – 20 to 30’s, strong tenor/bari-tenor. He is a ne’er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should dance well. He also plays Lucentio in “The Shrew.”

General Harrison Howell – 50+. Dignified General, very political. He is stuffy, bit of a chauvinist, likely Southern. He is engaged to Lilli V.

First Man (Gangster) – 30-50+ comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” appears unexpectedly in “The Shrew.”

Second Man (Gangster) – similar to the First Man, but a bit more reserved and has dryer wit.

Harry Trevor – 50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in “The Shrew” as Katherine and Bianca’s father, Baptista, he mainly has Shakespearean dialogue.

Hattie – Any age, strong voice. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings in “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” & “Too Darn Hot.” Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph – Any age, sings in “Too Darn Hot” and “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” may be featured as soloist. Is the Stage Manager of “The Shrew” (This can be played by a woman).

Paul – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. He is Fred’s dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in “Too Darn Hot.”

Gremio and Hortensio – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. Actors who appear in “The Shrew.” Both are featured in several numbers and should sing and dance well.

Nathaniel, Gregory, and Phillip – Any age. Actors who sing/dance in the ensemble throughout and play Petruchio’s man servants in “The Shrew.

Company ensemble – Actors, Dancers, Stagehands, ‘Paduans’ etc. who sing and dance throughout. Opportunities for solos; roles such as ‘Pops’ Stage Doorman, the Haberdasher, Padua Priest, Singing Girls, Wardrobe lady, Musicians, Waitress, Messenger, Driver & Aides (Flynt & Riley) to the General.

Any questions, please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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