Auditions for THE NUTCRACKER

This December, LTM and Fisher Ballet Productions are partnering to present THE NUTCRACKER at Cheney Hall, and YOU CAN PLAY A PART!

What: Open Auditions for the Nutcracker at Cheney Hall in Manchester, CT.

Date: Sunday. September 8, 2019

Times:   ages 5-6  10:00-10:30; ages 7-11 10:30-11:30; ages 12+ and pointe dancers 11:30-12:30 (pointe stay until 1:00).

Location: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT

Registration: Email info@fisherballet.com

Adult Actors and Dancers please email if interested in being part of the Nutcracker.  Also if a dancer is unable to make the posted audition time and would like to schedule an alternate time please email:    info@fisherballet.com   (Audition fee is $15; participation fee once rehearsals start is $140 to cover costume rental, rehearsals and other production costs).

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Library Chat: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB!

The Manchester Public Library and The Little Theatre of Manchester will present a lecture about THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at the Whiton Branch Library on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm, moderated by local author and theatre historian David Garnes.

Free and open to the public, this lecture offers an opportunity to learn about LTM’s August production, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, providing background information about the play, its production history and the playwright and other artists. The discussion is an informal lecture-style with an opportunity to ask questions following the chat.

Playing August 2 through 18, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB tells the story of five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. These women set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives, while relying on each other to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings their way.

More information about the lecture or THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is available at www.cheneyhall.org or by calling the LTM box office at (860) 647-9824.

  • When: Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm
  • Location: The Auditorium at Whiton Branch Library 100 N. Main Street Manchester, CT
  • Cost: This lecture is free of charge and needs no reservations or tickets.

`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 WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning 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.

 

The Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) was founded in 1960 with the purpose of producing community theater. Since 1991, Cheney Hall, the state’s oldest operating theater, has been the theatrical residence of LTM. Today, programming is comprised of five main-stage theatre productions, numerous concerts, special events, and a range of other cultural, business, civic, and private functions serving a growing, annual audience of approximately 12,000.

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Evenings@7 Presents INALIENABLE WRIGHTS

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS by Bill Emerson

Director: Bill Emerson

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS is a dramatic comedy about a political family that is more about family than it is about politics.  The play chronicles a period in the life of the Wright family as they deal with the stresses of tradition, money and scandal.  It is a story about elitism, power and infidelity with a dose of narcissism thrown in for good measure.

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 Season continues in October we present THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Tina Huey. The final show of the Evenings @ 7 Season is in November with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB!

On July 24, 2019, at noon, LTM will host a Lunchtime Lecture for THE DIXE SWIM CLUB, moderated by local author and theatre historian David Garnes.

Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives, while relying on each other to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings their way.

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 WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning 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.

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.

 

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Cheney Hall Open House

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  • What: Cheney Hall Open House
  • When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT
  • Cost: Free

The Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall (LTM) will host a Cheney Hall Open House on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm as part of Connecticut Open House Day 2019.

Highlights of the Open House will include information about LTM programs and volunteer opportunities; a sneak peek of behind-the-scenes work with members of the production staff, and guided tours of the historic Cheney Hall, an 1867 /Victorian structure built as a theatre and cultural community facility for Manchester;

For more information, please contact Cheney Hall at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT, 860-647-9824, or dharris@cheneyhall.org.

 

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Lunchtime Lecture THE NORMAL HEART

  • 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 NORMAL HEART tells one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the AIDS crisis. The story of a world in denial, the play, press note state, “unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching and totally unforgettable look at the politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theater’s most powerful evenings ever.”

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 WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning 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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Auditions for MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 19th & Monday, May 20th at 7 pm. (Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, May 21st) at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. All roles are open. The show is directed and choreographed by Todd Santa Maria with musical direction by Paul Feyer. Rehearsals begin in September.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of music in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. A capella singing and prerecorded tracks will not be allowed at the audition. Also, please come prepared to do a dance combination and perform cold readings from the script. Questions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

THE STORY:
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Sophie Sheridan (born and raised on the island)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: F#3 to Vocal range top: E5

Donna Sheridan (Sophie’s mother)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: A5

Sam Carmichael (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: D3 to Vocal range top: Ab4

Bill Austin (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: Bb2 to Vocal range top: F#4

Harry Bright (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: C#3 to Vocal range top: F#4

Sky (Sophie’s fiancé)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range bottom: Eb3 to Vocal range top: D5

Tanya (former Dynamo)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: E5

Rosie (former Dynamo)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: D5

Lisa (Sophie’s friend)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: G3 to Vocal range top: Db5

Ali (Sophie’s friend)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: G3 to Vocal range top: D5

Pepper (Barman at Taverna)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: A4 to Vocal range top: F5

Eddie (helps Sky with Water-Sports)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 25

Chorus (Islanders, Wedding-Guests)
Gender: any

 

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Broadway Cabaret

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On Thursday, May 2 at 7 PM, the Little Theatre of Manchester in conjunction with students from the University of Hartford will present: A Broadway Cabaret at Cheney Hall.

Featuring the best local performers and some of the most popular songs from Broadway, the evening will showcase the abundance of talent in and near Manchester. Audiences will also enjoy a pre-show slider bar dinner from Brown Sugar Catering.

This event is a fundraiser for the Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, a local theatre dedicated to fostering the interest and appreciation of the performing arts.

Tickets are $25 if purchased before April 29th ($30 after that date).

Dinner will be served before 7PM. Full dinner menu includes:

  • Slider Bar: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan
  • Macaroni & Cheese Cups
  • Quinoa and Black Bean Cups
  • Mixed Green Salad Cups
  • Apple Crisp
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Auditions for Broadway Cabaret

OPEN CALL FOR AUDITIONS

The Little Theatre of Manchester in conjunction with students from the University of Hartford is holding open auditions for an upcoming fundraiser for the organization: A Broadway Cabaret. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester.

  • Performance Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 pm—ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
  • Must be 18+ to audition
  • Audition with the songs you want to perform–OPEN TO ALL BROADWAY TUNES
  • Accompaniment will be provided–BRING SHEET MUSIC
  • You may audition with any combination of the three: ONE SOLO, ONE DUET, OR ONE TRIO/GROUP NUMBER

The event: On Thursday, May 2, the Little Theatre of Manchester in conjunction with students from the University of Hartford will present: A Broadway Cabaret. Featuring the best local performers and some of the most popular songs from Broadway, the evening will showcase the abundance of talent in and near Manchester. Audiences will also enjoy a pre-show dinner. This event is a fundraiser for the Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, a local theatre dedicated to fostering the interest and appreciation of the performing arts.

 

Any questions, please contact (860) 647-9824 or dharris@cheneyhall.org

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Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding open auditions for a summer production of The Dixie Swim Club. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23 at 7 pm, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Seeking five women who read ages 35-55 onstage. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition, and all roles are open. The show is directed by Tracy Funke. Questions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

THE STORY: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The show focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Sheree Hollinger– Perennial team captain, practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy. Her tendency is to be hyper-organized occasionally drives her friends a bit crazy. She is the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, NC.

Dinah Grayson– The wise-cracking cynic who has fought her way to the top and enjoys the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dina seldom reveals her softer side.

Lexie Richards– A true southern belle from Chapel Hill, NC, Lexi is the vain, youth-obsessed event planner for a chain of 4-star hotels, who has her plastic surgeon on speed dial. Multiple marriages haven’t tamed her appetite for male attention, and she’ll be happy to share all her wild romantic exploits with anyone who will listen.

Vernadette Simms- If you look in the dictionary under “hard luck case” you’ll find Vernadette. A perpetual cloud hangs over this public school teacher with limited financial resources, a son who’s a career criminal and a daughter who drifts from cult to cult, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of her friends.

Jeri Neal McFeeley– The ditzy ray of sunshine in the group, Jeri Neal is perky, naive and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for years, she has been protected from the seamier side of life and while she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal makes life choices that surprise and amaze even her closest friends.

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