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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 8/10/2014 THE MUSIC MAN
CURTAIN CALL
8/7-8/16/2014
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 8/10/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
LITTLE THEATRE OF MANCHESTER
8/8-8/17/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 8/10/2014 THE IMPRACTICALITY OF MODERN-DAY MASTODONS
Hole in the Wall Theater
8/1-8/23/2014
When everyone becomes what they wanted to be when they grew up, the world is suddenly full of astronauts, ballerinas, and one bewildered mastodon. A brand-new, off-beat comedy about ambition, vocation, and impractical beasts by Rachel Teagle, featuring a kinetic sculpture by Anne Cubberly.
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A SHOW OF HANDS
Hygienic Art Park
8/17-8/24/2014
National Theatre of the Deaf Annual Summer at Hygienic Event in its Third Year this Summer 2014 New London, CT: The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) is pleased to announce the Third Annual Summer at the Hygienic event this August 17, 20, and 24. Performance times will be at 1pm each day. Admission is free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring their lunch, relax and enjoy a family-friendly story hour at the Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London. Now in its third year, the National Theatre of the Deaf's annual free programming is quickly becoming a New London summer staple. This year, the Hygienic Art Park will premier the theatre's newest production, A Show of Hands. The work was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT, and was made possible by a grant from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee and the City of New London Water Authority Community Fund. NTD returns this summer to the Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London, CT, having performed See Our Signs! last year to great success and ceremony. A Show of Hands is an original theatrical piece created and developed by NTD Executive Director Betty Beekman and features the National Theatre of the Deaf acting company: returning actresses Chrissy Cogswell, and Christopher Joseph, along with two actors new to the company this summer. "Being at the Hygienic again this year gives us a great presence in New London," says Ms. Beekman. "We get to see the audience laughing and know they're learning more about deaf culture and the ability of deaf artists from our show. We get to see the audience leave our shows in high spirits and take part in the community: browsing the shops, having lunch, chatting with the actors, asking questions. Seeing that, it's a wonderful feeling." Ms. Beekman also expressed her gratitude to the sponsors that made this year's performances a free event for the local community and visitors. Each performance of A Show of Hands is approximately 50-55 minutes in length and will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English, NTD's signature style. The production features an innovative set design that explores the nature of American Sign Language communication in a fun environment, sprinkled with poems, fables, and improvisation. Audience members can meet and talk with the actors and director after each performance. Per NTD's core mission, audiences will open their eyes and ears to deaf culture through the arts. Performance Schedule for A Show of Hands at the Hygienic Art Park: August 17 at 1pm August 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 at 1pm These performances are free to public. The Hygienic Art Park is located at 79 Bank Street, New London, CT. Additional funding for NTD is provided by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ann M and Sultan Ahamed Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, The Katherine Lindsay Howell Fund, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, Strong-Cuevas Foundation, Target, Vitac, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Members of the press are welcome at any performance. Please contact NTD Offices ahead of time to schedule interviews. For more information about NTD/LTD log on to www.ntd.org. Hygienic Art is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to creating an enriching cultural experience in the city of New London, CT. Performances at the Hygienic Art Park will allow NTD to bring this worthwhile and entertaining program to the greatest number of children and family audiences. For more information about Hygienic Art, call 860-443-8001 or log on to hygienic.org.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 8/10/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
TRI ARTS
8/13-8/24/2014

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
7/25-8/30/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 8/10/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE
6/27-9/13/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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