Evenings@7 Presents: REASONS TO BE PRETTY

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Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Silk Room @ Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
Cost: Free, although donations to support this type of work gladly accepted

Written by Neil LaBute and Produced by Dan Checovetes

Join us for another season of amazing, free play readings as part of our 2019 Evenings@7 series.

When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the information gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end. Greg’s life spirals out of control when Steph leaves him, and he has to come to terms with what he has said. Greg’s best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly, and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and Kent are pulled in for the ride. We see Greg, Steph, Carly and Kent deal with the pressures of what it means to be ‘pretty’, and observe how the four friends manage the infidelity, betrayal and deceit that creeps into their lives.

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 with Monica Wood’s THE PAPERMAKER produced by Mark O’Donnell on April 16th and OTHER DESERT CITIES written by John Robin Baitz and produced by Angela Dias on May 14th.

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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Auditions for DREAMGIRLS

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their April 2019 production of DREAMGIRLS.

The production will run April 12 thru 28. Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 7:00 pm with callbacks on Sunday, January 20th. Sign-in on Wednesday will begin at 6:30 pm.

Seeking 4 female and 4 male principles (all principle roles are African American). We are also seeking a multi-racial ensemble.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical (Motown-like) or something from DREAMGIRLS. An accompanist will be provided. Come dressed to move. Also be prepared to do reading from the script.

Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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Marilyn Neumayer, Michele O'Neil, and Karen Snyder
Honorary Chairs
Jana and Tom Tierney
Proudly invite you to LTM's

Masquerade Gala

on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
$80 Ticket Includes
6PM champagne reception with hors-d'oeuvres and silent auction in the Silk Room at Cheney Hall
7PM dinner specially crafted by Danita and Bob Sulick of Mulberry Street
8PM sneak peek of KISS ME, KATE and live auction
END THE NIGHT with dancing and music from Radio Waves
\Attire: In celebration of KISS ME, KATE, guests are invited to come dressed with your most festive masquerade mask and attire.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 12, 2018.
Proceeds from this event will not only support the cost of keeping the historic Cheney Hall’s lights on, but also fund new LTM programs, including our PASSPORT TO LTM, which provides free or deeply discounted tickets to households who are historically underserved by fine arts programs—young adults; economically disadvantaged families; people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities; and racially and ethnically diverse groups.


Title Sponsors
Pratt & Whitney
Simoniz USA
Lead Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors
Fuss and O’Neill
The Neumayer Family
Queen Consulting Group, Inc.
Supporting Partners
Aspen Realty
Donald and Melody Currey
Neil Ellis
Integrated Financials Partners/Steve Joyner
Minuteman Press
Gala Friends
Falkenstein, Meggers, Paul and Robinson
Paul Lantieri
For information about sponsorship, please contact Dwayne Harris, Executive Director, at (860) 647-9824 or dharris@cheneyhall.org.
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The Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) announced today its 2019 season. Beginning in February, LTM will produce five popular titles: Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT, a murderously funny mystery; the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical sensation DREAMGIRLS; the searing Tony award-winning drama THE NORMAL HEART; and THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships. The final title is international sensation MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA.


LTM Executive Director Dwayne Harris said of the lineup, “I’m thrilled that LTM’s Artistic Board has again put together an exciting and well-rounded season of high-quality entertainment. From a comedy mystery to an award-winning drama, from a classic Motown musical to a more contemporary musical offering, I think our subscribers and single ticket buyers will be very happy with these selections.”


Renewing subscribers will receive their renewal packages in September, and new subscription packages and single tickets will go on sale in October. All dates and titles are subject to change.


The 2019 Season


Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT, February 1 – 17, 2019
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, 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. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit.


DREAMGIRLS, April 12 – 28, 2019
Winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards A sweeping and inspirational journey through 20th-century American popular music, DREAMGIRLS chronicles one Motown group’s rise from obscurity to superstardom. Through gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco and more, this audience favorite explores themes of ambition, hope, and betrayal, all set in the glamorous and competitive world of the entertainment industry. DREAMGIRLS features unforgettable hits by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger – including “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.”


THE NORMAL HEART, June 7 – 23, 2019
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award – Best Revival of a Play A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. THE NORMAL HEART follows Ned Weeks, an activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease. Hailed by critics as “riveting” (Newsday) and “a great night at the theater” (New York Times).


THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, August 2 – 18, 2019
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. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.


MAMMA MIA!, November 1 – 17, 2019
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

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. 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. MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway.

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Unfortunately, due to casting issues, we are not able to produce LEADER OF THE PACK.

We have replaced the August show with a production featuring similar music, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, a non-stop pop musical blast from the past, featuring your favorite songs from the 50s and 60s.


Written and Created by Roger Bean
Aug. 3 – Aug. 19 / Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 / Sun. at 2:00

Take a trip back to the 1958 Springfield High 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!

LEADER OF THE PACK ticket holders have three options:

  1. Request your LEADER OF THE PACK tickets be transferred to THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES for the same date and time;
  2. Replace your LEADER OF THE PACK tickets for the November musical, KISS ME, KATE;
  3. Request a refund.

Please contact the Cheney Hall Box Office at 860-647-9824 or email boxoffice@cheneyhall.org.

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Press Release: HARVEY Hops to Cheney Hall in February

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HARVEY Hops to Cheney Hall in February

Little Theatre of Manchester’s 58th Season Kicks Off

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. The Pulitzer Prize-winning HARVEY is on stage at the Little Theatre of Manchester February 2 through 18.

In this a time-honored, classic comedy, Elwood is inseparable from his best friend and confidant, Harvey. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see a psychiatrist.  But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

HARVEY is directed by LTM director and actor Shane William Kegler whose previous LTM credits include Twelfth Night and last season’s The 39 Steps. He was last seen on the Cheney Hall stage in last season’s Sons of the Prophet. The cast features Mitch Hess of Vernon as Elwood P. Dowd and Virginia Wolf of Farmington as Veta Louise Simmons, Elwood’s sister.

The rest of the cast includes Mara Pelto of Storrs, Sunny Kirkham of Ashford, Lauren Casola of West Hartford, Scott “Woody” Woodruff of Vernon, Oliver Kochol of Southington, Mark O’Donnell of Windsor, Rayah Martin of Manchester, David Regan of South Hadley, and David Barbour of Ashford.

HARVEY premiered on Broadway in 1944, winning writer Mary Chase the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. Two movies were made, in 1950 and 1972, with James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, the delightful man whose best friend is an imaginary rabbit. The play was on Broadway with Stewart, later with Art Carney, and in 2012 with Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory. It was revived in 2015 in London’s West End.

HARVEY is sponsored by DNR Laboratories.





  • What: HARVEY by Mary Chase


  • When: February 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18, 2018
    Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
    Sundays at 2:00 pm


  • Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT


  • Tickets: Tickets are $19-$25 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 860-647-9824 or visiting cheneyhall.org


  • Discounts: Discounts available for both seniors and students. Manchester Community College students can receive a free general admission ticket with a valid student ID, and Greater Hartford Arts Council Let’s GO Arts! members are eligible for 2-for-1 tickets


  • Promotional graphic attached. Production photos available 02/01/2018.


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 10,000.

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Evenings@7 Meet and Greet

Evenings@7 Meet and Greet

Meet the 2018 Evenings@7 Directors!

  • Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Silk Room @ Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: Free, although donations to support this type of work are gladly accepted

The directors from the upcoming season of Evenings@7 will be on hand to discuss casting and/or production help! The show titles and directors will be announced soon.

Evenings@7 productions typically rehearse only three or four times and are one-night-only, script-in-hand performances in front of audience of 50 to 100.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 season of Evenings@7, join us on January 16, 2018, at 7 PM in the Silk Room.

This is a FREE event and no reservations are required!

For more information regarding the Evenings@7 series, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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.

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Auditions for August: Osage County

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their Spring 2018 production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run April 13 through 29.

Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Sunday and Monday, January 7 and 8. Sign-in on Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 6:00 p.m. Sign-in for Monday will begin at 6:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 7:00 p.m.

We are seeking seven women and six men. A detailed character breakdown can be found below.

Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, February 5. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to artisticcommittee@cheneyhall.org.

Character Breakdown:

Ages are the character ages – the actor must be able to “play” this age, not “be” this age.

  • Violet Weston: 65 years old; the matriarch of the Weston family. She’s dying of oral cancer, is addicted to pills – LOTS of them but her favorite is downers. She is the product of abuse and inflicts the abuse she received as a child on her children and everyone around her. She is also lightening in a bottle. Violet, even when stoned, is full of energy. There is no downtime for Violet. Very complex and should ultimately have sympathetic qualities.
  • Beverly Weston: 69 years old; the patriarch of the Weston family. An award winning poet who is depressive and an alcoholic. He is the leader of the family but is removed from any connection with anyone. He is a true Oklahoman. He never realized the promise of his talent. Intelligent, kind, introverted yet the walls he’s built with his family is ultimately killing him.
  • Barbara Fordham: 46 years old; the eldest of the 3 Weston daughters. Strong, opinionated, loving yet quickly becoming her mother! She escaped her mother by moving out of state long ago and deep down feels badly about leaving her family. On the surface she is the most together of the Weston girls – a career, her own family. She is having issues with her own family and is now thrust back to the home she left to deal with issues she thought she left behind. Though she escaped Osage County, she cannot escape her inner demons.
  • Bill Fordham: 49 years old; Barbara’s husband. A college professor. Well educated, sweet, funny and successful. He can also be pretty pompous. He’s going through a mid-life crisis and that is causing problems in his marriage. But he’s trying to keep it together and tends to be pragmatic but misses the mark.
  • Jean Fordham: 14 years old; Barbara’s and Bill’s daughter. She’s a precocious teenager. She’s been an adult since the day she was born. Jean’s experimenting with drugs, mainly pot. She’s seeking love and attention that she’s not getting from her parents. She’s looking for someone she can finally trust.
  • Ivy Weston: 44 years old; the middle daughter of Weston girls. She is the only daughter who lives in the hometown where she grew up. She is the strongest, quietest and calmest daughter in the family. She’s intelligent, full of love yet has never developed a full sense of self. She so desires to set herself free from the craziness of the Weston family. Although she is strong, she’s been so beaten down she’s fighting to find hope.
  • Karen Weston: 40 years old; the youngest Weston daughter. The invisible daughter. Full of love and is all heart. Full of energy and embraces life. All she wants is the American dream. She can be naïve and tends to make some questionable decisions in the people with whom she falls in love.
  • Mattie Fae Aiken: 57 years old; youngest sister of Violet. She is the bearer and the hider of the family secrets. She’s full of piss and vinegar. She’s a tough bird, unforgiving and a product of the same abuse Violet suffered, however she survived a little better than Violet did. She’s married to Charlie Aiken and is the mother of Little Charles. Very funny and fun to be around.
  • Charlie Aiken: 60 years old; married to Mattie Fae and the father of Little Charles. He is the kindest person in the whole warped family. He’s full of love and connects to the damage in the family. He sees the family for what it is and knows that it isn’t healthy. He tries to stay out of the madness. But most of all he loves his son more than anything.
  • Little Charles Aiken: 37 years old; son of Mattie Fay and Charles. Calm, balanced and sweet natured. He is like a dog who cringes when you reach out to pet him. He’s been so beaten down by his mother that he sinks in on himself. But he knows his father loves him and tries to gain strength from him. He is NOT developmentally challenged. He’s just been beaten into submission. And he’s trying to find a way out.
  • Johnna Monevata: 26 years old; Native American; the housekeeper. Hired by Beverly Weston to be the housekeeper but doesn’t really know what she’s getting into. She handles it with strength and is the only one who can keep some control in the chaos. She’s peaceful and calm and very grounded. Johnna is non-judgmental and very compassionate. She is Cheyenne and is very connected to her background. She is the backbone of the play.
  • Steve Heidebrecht: 50 years old; Karen’s fiancé. A modern day Rhett Butler with a pervy side! He loves his fiancé…when he’s with her! He is an opportunist. He takes any opportunity for his own gain. At the base, Steve is a jerk.
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: 47 years old; county Sheriff. Barbara’s high school beau who hasn’t left Osage County. He is very “Oklahoma”. Salt of the earth. Hasn’t forgotten about Barbara. Might be a bit stuck in time about the Weston family – remembers when they were young. Decent man. The most “normal” person aside from Johnna in the play.
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Evenings@7 Call for Submissions

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LTM is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 E@7 season. To submit a proposal, visit www.cheneyhall.org/eveningsat7 and click on “For Submissions.” Deadline for submissions is December 15th.

As part of Little Theatre’s commitment to education and community involvement, Evenings@7 provides an excellent opportunity for performers, writers and/or directors to try out new material or work on their craft with the benefit of live audience reactions to the performance in a less formal, relaxed venue. Occurring on the 2nd Tuesday of specific months, performances include staged play readings, one man shows or musical reviews which are produced as a one-night-only show using minimal costume, props, set design, sound and lighting elements.

Additionally, stay tuned for details about the Pre-Season Mixer on January 16th where actors and techies can meet the show directors/producers and let them know you are interested in their shows.

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