Cheney Hall Open House

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  • What: Cheney Hall Open House
  • When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT
  • Cost: Free

The Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall (LTM) will host a Cheney Hall Open House on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm as part of Connecticut Open House Day 2019.

Highlights of the Open House will include information about LTM programs and volunteer opportunities; a sneak peek of behind-the-scenes work with members of the production staff, and guided tours of the historic Cheney Hall, an 1867 /Victorian structure built as a theatre and cultural community facility for Manchester;

For more information, please contact Cheney Hall at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT, 860-647-9824, or dharris@cheneyhall.org.

 

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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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Broadway Cabaret

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES!

On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, created by Roger Bean.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 25, 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.

 

 

“THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES”

Take a trip back to the 1958 Springfield High school 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!

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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