AUDITIONS FOR OTHER DESERT CITIES

LITTLE THEATRE OF MANCHESTER AUDITIONS FOR OTHER DESERT CITIES
The Little Theatre of Manchester is auditioning Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities for an April production. Auditions are Sunday and Monday, December 15 and 16 at 7 pm, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. No monologues required, will be readings from the script. All roles are open. Rehearsals begin in February. The show is directed by Hunter Parker.

Characters:
Lyman Wyeth: (Late 50’s to late 60’s): Kind and gentle patriarch. A Hollywood B actor with some celebrity and charm who turned that into political influence. He is conservative but with a sense of humor about himself and a deep love for his family.

Polly Wyeth: (Late 50’s to late 60’s) Lyman’s wife. Graceful and acerbic matriarch. She has been active for decades in the Republican Party. She is deeply devoted to the preservation of her social standing, her family and the health of her husband.

Brooke Wyeth: (Mid 30’s to 40’s) Lyman and Polly’s adult daughter. She is a professional writer who has been living in New York after a mental breakdown. Her tortured relationship with her family has centered on her opposing Liberal political views.

Trip Wyeth: (Late 20’s to mid 30’s) Brooke’s brother. Witty and self-effacing. He is a TV producer for reality TV – in a family obsessed with his intellectual, older sister’s mental health. He assumes the role of second banana with grace.

Silda Grauman: (late 50’s to late 60’s) Polly’s sister. Creative, fragile, and funny. A former B movie writer, and the Bohemian, polar opposite of her sister. She is fresh out of rehab.
For more information: auditions@cheneyhall.org

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Auditions for Murder on the Orient Express

The Little Theatre of Manchester announces auditions for a February production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Shane Kegler. Auditions are November 3 and 6 at 7 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Please bring a resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will start the end of November/early December for a February open. Any questions please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org

We are seeking an ensemble of comic actors with great facility with accents. Actively seeking all ethnicities for all roles. The roles are as follows:
POIROT – a famous Belgian detective; a “Big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense;
MACQUEEN – tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.
BOUC – male, 30’s to 50’s. A Belgian man of good humor. Playful, proud, generous. A whirlwind of energy. Must be an excellent comedian.
SAMUEL RATCHETT: Middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor. Pushy, domineering.
COLONEL ARBUTHNOT: Scotsman, 30’s to 40’s, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender.
MICHEL: A good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor. Unfailingly polite.
MARCEL: A Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth.
MARY DEBENHAM – female, 30’s. An English beauty. A governess, capable yet romantic. A sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.
GRETA OHLSSON – female, mid 20’s to 60’s. Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman. A frightened, sheep-like quality. Swedish accent.
COUNTESS ANDRENYI – female, 20’s to 30’s. Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale. Impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets. Her delicacy belies a steely edge – she is no wilting flower. Hungarian accent.
MRS. HUBBARD – female, late 40’s to 60’s. An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest. Jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash. Unapologetic.
PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF – female, 60’s to 70’s. A Russian dowager. Very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence. Imperial, impatient.

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia wraps up the last Lunchtime Lecture of the season.
Free and open to the public, this lecture offers an opportunity to learn about LTM’s November production, MAMMA MIA!, 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.

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.

LUNCHTIME LECTURE
When: Wednesday, October 23rd at Noon
Location: The Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road Manchester, CT
Cost: This lecture is free of charge and needs no reservations or tickets.

If you can not join us in person, join us as we live stream on Facebook!

MAMMA MIA!
Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with this trip down the aisle that you’ll never forget! On the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

More information about the lecture or MAMMA MIA! is available at www.cheneyhall.org or by calling the LTM box office at (860) 647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

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by Tom Stoppard

November 12th, 2019

Director: Ron Cohen

In Tom Stoppard’s best-known absurdist work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern ramble obliviously through life as the events of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET unfold around them. While visiting their old friend Hamlet, the pair engage in an ongoing philosophical debate about free will versus predestination, each trying to prove absurd positions through misbegotten experiments. Meanwhile, the clueless friends attempt to make sense of the peculiar goings-on in the castle, where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

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. This is the last in our series for 2019 and we will be announcing our 2020 season within the next couple of months.

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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Evenings@7 Presents The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

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THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz

October 8th, 2019

Director: Tina Huey

THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a “jobber,” one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian man from Brooklyn, who he wants to team up with. The wrestling execs go for it but pitch them as “terrorists” in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the personas to the limits and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.

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 final show of the 2019 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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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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