Seeking Experienced Director for DREAMGIRLS

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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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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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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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CHENEY HALL TO OFFER “BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO” ON FATHER’S DAY!

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  • Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: The Patio at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: $30.00 per person and must be purchased in advance to guarantee a meal

 

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Patrons attending Little Theatre of Manchester’s (LTM’s) production of LOVE/SICK on Sunday, June 17, 2018, can purchase a barbeque meal cooked outside on Cheney Hall’s patio beginning at noon.

For $30 per person BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO tickets, guests will be treated to grilling from Brown Sugar Catering featuring a menu of barbecue ribs and/or chicken, beef brisket sliders, baked beans, caramelized onion potato salad, roasted summer vegetables, mixed green salad/dressing, fresh fruit salad, strawberry shortcake and a beverage.

BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO is a chance for patrons to either celebrate Father’s Day or just enjoy a delicious meal before seeing LTM’s current comedy, LOVE/SICK—an 80-minute romp that explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love.

Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone, featuring nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short vignettes taking place in an alternate suburban reality. The Hartford Courant calls it, “a dark, amusing look at romance…strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy…light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging.” LOVE/SICK plays June 1 to June 17, 2018, at Cheney Hall and tickets are $19-$25.

Tickets LOVE/SICK and the BARBEQUE ON THE PATIO are available at the Cheney Hall Box Office at 860-647-9824 or visiting www.cheneyhall.org.

 

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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with LOVE/SICK!

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On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of LOVE/SICK by John Cariani.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 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.

 

 

“LOVE/SICK” EXPLORES THE HUMOR AND HURT OF LOVE AT CHENEY HALL THIS JUNE

A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, which appeared on LTM’s stage in 2014, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

LTM audiences might recognize John Cariani’s name (and the play’s style) from LTM’s 2014 popular production of Almost, Maine. In 2004, Almost, Maine had its premiere production at Portland Stage Company. Two years later, in January 2006, the play moved to New York where it opened Off-Broadway to warmly welcoming reviews, with the New York Times noting “its whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.” In 2010 it headed the list of most-produced plays in America’s high schools, knocking Shakespeare off the top spot, a position he had occupied continuously since 1937.

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 August: Osage County!

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On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 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.

 

 

“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” BRINGS THE WESTON FAMILY’S SPIRALING DOMESTIC CRISIS TO CHENEY HALL

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Little Theatre of Manchester will present Tracy Letts’ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY from April 13 to April 29, 2018, at Cheney Hall.

The sweltering August heat of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A vanished father. A mother that pops pills like jellybeans. Three sisters harboring shameful secrets. Playwright Tracy Letts’ brutal and hilarious masterpiece will lift you out of your seat with laughter one moment and stun you into silence the next. But be warned, the Weston’s venom-tongued matriarch Violet serves up so much bitter hilarity and poignancy, don’t be surprised if you need a few antacids after this family dinner.

Honored in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five Tony Awards (including Best Play), the Broadway production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was reviewed as “hugely entertaining! A ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations, and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat. The fiercely funny and bitingly sad August: Osage County is a turbo-charged tragicomedy that is a feast for actors and audiences alike.” by the New York Times.

Artistic Director Michael Forgetta

LTM member Michael Forgetta is directing this family dramedy in his third year as Artistic Director at LTM. Since 1991, Michael has been an active LTM member as an actor, director, and administrator. He has over 30 years of both amateur and professional theater experience, including directing LTM’s recent productions of Godspell, Company, and Barefoot in the Park.

“[August] is one of the best plays written in the 21st century. It has comedy, drama, and pathos; it is outrageous, yet connects with reality,” says Forgetta. “It’s a challenging show for both our actors and audiences. It is a show that needs to be experienced, and we are thrilled to give our patrons a chance to see it.”

“But it’s a work not for the faint of heart,” warns Forgetta. August is suitable for adults and older teenagers, as it contains extremely strong language and mature themes.

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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EVENT CANCELLED

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Our Evenings@7 presentation of MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.

 

  • Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 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
  • Directed by Debi Freund

Inspired by actual events, the hysterical comedy MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS tells the behind-the-scenes story of Gone With the Wind. It’s 1939 and Hollywood is abuzz as Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down the production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. In desperate need of a new director and writer, Selznick calls in director Victor Fleming, stopping him from finishing The Wizard of Oz, and the writer Ben Hecht–who has never read the novel. The three men lock themselves in a room for five days (with nothing to eat but bananas and peanuts) and supposedly craft the screenplay to what is widely considered one of the finest films of all time. Cast members include Shawn Procuniar as Ben Hecht, Mark Lariviere as Victor Fleming, Michael Forgetta as David O. Selznick and Karen Snyder as Miss Poppenghul.

This is a FREE event and no reservations are required!

For more information regarding Moonlight & Magnolias or 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. The balance of the 2018 season features Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and Directed by Dwayne Harris on April 17; Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (3 one acts) by Antay Bilgutay on May 8th; I Ought To Be In Pictures, by Neil Simon, on September 11th and Directed by Jim Ryan; The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard October 9th (1 of 2 one act plays) and Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit on October 9 (2nd of 2 one act plays).

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Little Theatre of Manchester’s Popular Lunchtime Lecture Series Kicks Off 2018 with Harvey!

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On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Harvey by Mary Chase.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 24, 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.

If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

 

 

 

This free lecture will take place at the Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester. Guests are invited to bring a lunch and beverages will be served.

HARVEY

By Mary Chase

This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey.  The problem is that Harvey is a six and a half-foot tall white rabbit that only Elwood can see! Issues arise as Elwood’s family tries to deal with Elwood’s “condition” and doctors become convinced that Elwood isn’t the problem!  All this and more will be discussed at the upcoming Lunchtime Lecture about the theatre company’s next production, Harvey. Join local writer and theater historian David Garnes and members of the cast the cast of Harvey for an interactive talk about the show which has charmed audiences since it premiered on Broadway in 1948 and was a subsequent smash-hit movie starring Jimmy Stewart and, most recently, a Broadway revival with Jim Parson’s from The Big Bang Theory. LTM is thrilled to open our 2018 season with this wonderful comedy.

Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.

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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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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