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

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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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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with LOVE/SICK!

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On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of LOVE/SICK by John Cariani.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 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.

 

 

“LOVE/SICK” EXPLORES THE HUMOR AND HURT OF LOVE AT CHENEY HALL THIS JUNE

A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, which appeared on LTM’s stage in 2014, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp 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.

LTM audiences might recognize John Cariani’s name (and the play’s style) from LTM’s 2014 popular production of Almost, Maine. In 2004, Almost, Maine had its premiere production at Portland Stage Company. Two years later, in January 2006, the play moved to New York where it opened Off-Broadway to warmly welcoming reviews, with the New York Times noting “its whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.” In 2010 it headed the list of most-produced plays in America’s high schools, knocking Shakespeare off the top spot, a position he had occupied continuously since 1937.

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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ADDITIONAL CALL FOR MEN: AUDITIONS FOR LEADER OF THE PACK

ADDITIONAL CALL FOR MEN

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a multi-ethnic cast who can sing and dance and represent the classic “girl groups” of the 1960s era for its August 2018 production of “LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL.”

The production is directed by Dwayne Harris with music direction by Paul Feyer and choreography by Tracy Funke.

  • Audition Dates: Monday, May 7 after 6 PM BY APPOINTMENT. To schedule an appointment, please contact dharris@cheneyhall.org or call (860) 647-9824.
  • Audition Location: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT
  • Production Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays August 4th – 19th

Seeking actors who are strong singers, dancers and movers for most roles. Actors should prepare one Broadway-style song, 32 bars total. Accompanist will be provided; no a cappella auditions, please. Be prepared to dance (jazz shoes or sneakers suggested).

Detailed Character/Song Breakdown:

Males: 

Jeff Barry (Principal), Caucasian, Age 20-30

Gus Sharkey (Principal), Age 30-50

2-4 Various Characters/Chorus/Dancers, Ages 21-35

LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL is the hit Broadway musical retrospective that celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”

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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with August: Osage County!

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On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 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.

 

 

“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” BRINGS THE WESTON FAMILY’S SPIRALING DOMESTIC CRISIS TO CHENEY HALL

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Little Theatre of Manchester will present Tracy Letts’ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY from April 13 to April 29, 2018, at Cheney Hall.

The sweltering August heat of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A vanished father. A mother that pops pills like jellybeans. Three sisters harboring shameful secrets. Playwright Tracy Letts’ brutal and hilarious masterpiece will lift you out of your seat with laughter one moment and stun you into silence the next. But be warned, the Weston’s venom-tongued matriarch Violet serves up so much bitter hilarity and poignancy, don’t be surprised if you need a few antacids after this family dinner.

Honored in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five Tony Awards (including Best Play), the Broadway production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was reviewed as “hugely entertaining! A ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations, and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat. The fiercely funny and bitingly sad August: Osage County is a turbo-charged tragicomedy that is a feast for actors and audiences alike.” by the New York Times.

Artistic Director Michael Forgetta

LTM member Michael Forgetta is directing this family dramedy in his third year as Artistic Director at LTM. Since 1991, Michael has been an active LTM member as an actor, director, and administrator. He has over 30 years of both amateur and professional theater experience, including directing LTM’s recent productions of Godspell, Company, and Barefoot in the Park.

“[August] is one of the best plays written in the 21st century. It has comedy, drama, and pathos; it is outrageous, yet connects with reality,” says Forgetta. “It’s a challenging show for both our actors and audiences. It is a show that needs to be experienced, and we are thrilled to give our patrons a chance to see it.”

“But it’s a work not for the faint of heart,” warns Forgetta. August is suitable for adults and older teenagers, as it contains extremely strong language and mature themes.

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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