DIRECTORS SEARCH FOR 2020 SEASON

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is soliciting applications for directors for its 60th anniversary season in 2020.

The shows and dates are as follows:

Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig
Performance Dates: February 14-March 1

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
Performance Dates: March 27-April 11

In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda
Performance Dates: June 5-June 21

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber
Performance Dates: August 7-August 23

Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken, et.al
Performance Dates: November 6-November 22

All interested candidates should submit a letter of intent outlining the show(s) of interest, an explanation of why the show is of interest, as well as a resume or CV documenting their experience. Please forward all materials and/or questions and concerns to DFreund@CheneyHall.org by Friday, August 9th. Initial preference will be given to LTM members.

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THE 60th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

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The Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) announced its 2020 season today, which marks the organization’s 60th year of producing theatre.

Following this season’s successful production of Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT, LTM will open its 2020 season in February with another Ludwig mystery, AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Next, the Pulitzer Prize finalist OTHER DESERT CITIES, a comedy-drama about a “messed-up, complicated” (according to the NY Post) family will take the stage in April. The first musical of LTM’s 2020 season is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS, opening in June. Adapted from Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel, ENCHANTED APRIL will delight audiences in August. The final musical is the romantic and beloved take on a classic fairytale, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

LTM’s very first season began on March 3, 1961, with a production of Bus Stop by William Inge presented at the Bowers School Auditorium. Since that date, LTM has presented more than 1,100 performances of more than 200 plays and musicals at various venues throughout Manchester, the most recent being in Cheney Hall for the last 20 years,

The 60th Anniversary Season, will “both highlight the tremendous talent of our artists, as well as thrill our audiences,” according to Dwayne Harris, LTM’s Executive Director. “It’s a season full of grand adventure. From a ride through Europe on the Orient Express to a far, far away fairytale kingdom, from one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods on the island of Manhattan to the Mediterranean coast, these shows take our audiences around the globe and beyond.”

“Our 60th Anniversary Season is going to be a bash,” said LTM’s Artistic Director Debi Freund. “It’s such a wonderful birthday gift that we get to share with our patrons, and we can’t wait for them to see it!”

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

LTM’s 60th Anniversary Season

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Adapted for the Stage by Ken Ludwig
February 14 – March 1, 2020
Book a passage today for the thrill-ride of the season! All board The Orient Express, the 1930s luxury train, as it carts us through central and eastern Europe from Istanbul. But beware…the train is about to go off the rails! An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. A train full of suspects with an alibi for each one and a killer in their midst sounds like the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot. This first-ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece will leave audiences guessing whodunit.

OTHER DESERT CITIES
By Jon Robin Baitz
March 27 – April 11, 2020
Next, head to California, where a Palm Springs home at the holidays turns into a family battleground. Brooke Wyeth returns to her parents’ sunny home in Palm Springs for the Christmas holidays. But the Yuletide celebration doesn’t last for long—Brooke has explosive news she’s been waiting to share. Lookout, as generations clash politically— conservative parents, liberal offspring—and as verbal blows and jabs go flying, opening old wounds in this family’s past. This searing comedy-drama’s twists and turns are sure to leave audiences speechless.

 

IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes | Conceived By Lin-Manuel Miranda
June 5 – 21, 2020
Then it’s off to a place where the streets explode with the songs and rhythms of three generations. Step into the vibrant Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Featuring the stories of the Latino community, the salsa rhythms, Latin pop sounds, and frequently rapped lyrics, IN THE HEIGHTS was conceived, and the music and lyrics were written by, Lin-Manuel Miranda, perhaps best-known today as the creator of Hamilton. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

ENCHANTED APRIL
By Matthew Barber
August 7 – 23, 2020
From there, bask in the enchantment of Italy. Go back in time and across the globe as Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1920s novel comes to life on stage! In search of grand romance, two frustrated London housewives rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday. But when an aging matron and a young socialite join them, not even the pleasures of the Mediterranean sun, gardens, sea, cinnamon, and pasta are enough to keep these ladies from clashing. Can they bond and bloom, ultimately finding their lost selves?

 

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Music by Alan Menken  | Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice | Book by Linda Woolverton
November 6 – 22, 2020
Finally, “Be Our Guest” on a trip to the enchanted world of this classic fairytale. This modern Broadway classic will be a musical experience the whole family can share and enjoy! The “tale as old as time” of a young woman from a provincial town and a beast who has to learn to love and be loved is magically brought to life with spectacular costumes and captivating musical numbers including “Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and the Tony-winning title song, “Beauty and the Beast.” Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, and friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and love.

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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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MASQUERADE GALA

CHAIRS
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.
BUY GALA TICKETS
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.

Sponsors

Title Sponsors
Pratt & Whitney
Simoniz USA
Lead Sponsor
KeyBank
Supporting Sponsors
Fuss and O’Neill
The Neumayer Family
Queen Consulting Group, Inc.
Supporting Partners
Anonymous
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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LITTLE THEATRE OF MANCHESTER ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

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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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CHANGE IN SHOW!

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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.

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

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.

 

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FACT SHEET

  • 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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