Broadway Cabaret

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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Evenings@7 Presents THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY

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 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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Evenings@7 Presents INALIENABLE WRIGHTS

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS by Bill Emerson

September 10th, 2019

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 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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Evenings@7 Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES

OTHER DESERT CITIES by John Robin Baitz

May 14th, 2019

Director: Angela Dias

It’s Christmas Eve 2004, when Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke, a novelist, declares to her well-bred and respected republican family that her next book, set to publish in a few short months, is actually a tell-all memoir recounting up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

 

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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Evenings@7 Presents THE PAPERMAKER

THE PAPERMAKER by Monica Wood

April 16th, 2019

Director:  Mark O’Donnell

Based on a true story. In 1987, 1250 union workers of the International Paper Company plant in Jay, Maine, walked out on strike. Dragging on for a year and a half, the conflict between the small-town papermakers and the multibillion-dollar corporation brought the community closer together; in other ways, it ripped the town apart. Monica Wood’s PAPERMAKER, tells the moving and thoughtful story of two families in the midst of this bitter dispute.

 

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 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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Evenings@7 Presents ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD 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. 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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Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with DREAMGIRLS!

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of the Motown Classic DREAMGIRLS.

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 super stardom. Through gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco and more, this audience favorite features unforgettable hits by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger – including “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.”

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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Little Theatre of Manchester to Host Lecture on Famed Sherlock Actor William Gillette and His Castle

The life of William Gillette and his East Haddam, Connecticut, castle lecture will be presented on Saturday, January 26, 2019

    • Free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling the box office at 860-647-9824.
      • Time: 2:00 pm
      • Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation
      • Presented by: Paul Schiller
      • When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
      • Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT

Schiller of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will give an hour-long presentation on William Gillette—a Connecticut-born actor, playwright, and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes—and on one of Connecticut’s largest tourist attractions, the iconic Gillette Castle.  This program is in conjunction with LTM’s February production of Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

Schiller has worked for the Connecticut DEEP as a Seasonal Interpretive Guide at Gillette State Park since 2013, providing engaging and informative tours to castle visitors. Mr. Schiller has spoken about the castle on local radio stations such as iCRV in Ivoryton and 94.9FM and on NBC Connecticut, NESN’s ‘New England Boating’, and WFSB’s ‘Better Connecticut’.  Schiller is currently the Vice President of the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park, an all-volunteer non-profit that supports the park through preservation, conservation, and education.

 

LTM’s production of Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT will run February 1 to February 17 at Cheney Hall in Manchester, Connecticut.

For more information call the box office at 860-647-9824 or visiting www.cheneyhall.org

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CANCELLED: LTM’s Lunchtime Lecture for Ken Ludwig’s “THE GAME’S AFOOT”

Due to illness and weather, the January 22nd Lunchtime Lecture for THE GAME’S AFOOT has been cancelled. However, please join us on Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm as Paul Schiller of Gillette Castle leads a lecture on the life of William Gillette and his Connecticut Castle. Please call 860-647-9824 to RSVP to this free event. Guests will have an opportunity to asks questions after the presentation. The lecture will take place at Cheney Hall at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT.

“THE GAMES AFOOT”

In Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT fictitious murder comedy, Gillette 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. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer before the next victim appears. In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT takes many twists and turns.

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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Seeking Experienced Director for DREAMGIRLS

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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