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.

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!

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 or by calling the LTM box office at (860) 647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents 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. 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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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

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.

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.


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.

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?


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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Seeking Paid Designers!

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is in search of designers for its upcoming 2019 season. We are looking to fill the following paid positions:

Costume Designer

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Prop Designer

Sound Designer / Engineer


Please send an email to and include the your Name, Area of Interest and Production of interest.


Our 2019 season is: The Game’s Afoot – 2/1-2/17; Dreamgirls – 4/12-4/28; The Normal Heart – 6/7-6/23; The Dixie Swim Club – 8/2-8/18; and Mama Mia – 11/1-11/17.


Please enclose your resume or something similar either attached or in the body of the email

Note: If you have applied to LTM within the last 6 months, you do not need to reapply. Thank you!

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