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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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