Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Local Business Plays Starring Role in WINTER WONDERETTES at The Ivoryton Playhouse

The production opens on November 17.

Local Business Plays Starring Role in WINTER WONDERETTES at The Ivoryton Playhouse

Essex Hardware Store has been a fixture in Essex for many years. It is a gathering place for the community - a place where you can find everything from a bale of hay to a gallon of paint to the best snow shovel! This year, the Ivoryton Playhouse is paying tribute to this icon by setting their holiday show in a fictional Essex Hardware Store. There will be nods to past owners, and audiences might recognize some of the decorations. WINTER WONDERETTES, is a marvelous holiday musical, opening at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Thursday, November 17th, bringing with it a dollop of nostalgia with songs we know and love and a reminder of just how important our community and local businesses are.

It's 1968, and we are at the Annual Christmas Party at Essex Hardware Store! The quartet of Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou, first introduced to us in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES has decorated the store and is now prepared to provide the entertainment. And what a fun night of entertainment it is! All your favorite holiday songs, including great '60s versions of classics such as "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Run, Rudolph, Run," and "Winter Wonderland,"- the result is, of course, marvelous! There are lots of laughs and audience participation. A magical night of fun for the whole family, filled with the spirit of the season.

This zany and effervescent evening, with all the festive feels, is directed by J. Clayton Winters and choreographed by Elizabeth McGuire. Musical direction is by Mark Ceppetelli, set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor.

The cast are all new to the Ivoryton stage: *Katie M. Bates plays Missy, *Daron Elaine Cockerell plays Cindy Lou, Meagan Lewis-Michelson plays Betty Jean and *Emily Kay Shrader plays Suzy. Jordan Adams is swing.

Winter Wonderettes runs through Sunday, December 18th, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There are no performances on November 23rd,24th,or 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.



Complete Cast Announced For SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE: IN CONCERT Presented by Brief  Photo
Brief Cameo Productions has announced final casting for its upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George: In Concert, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the legacies we leave through children and art.

Singers Invited To Register For WAKEFIELD IDOL At Contemporary Theater Company Photo
Every year mechanics, students, salespeople, nurses, and more take the stage at the Contemporary Theater Company for Wakefield Idol, the theater's annual singing competition.

Westport Country Playhouse Names Erika K. Wesley As Director Of Equity, Diversity, And Inc Photo
Westport Country Playhouse has named Erika K. Wesley to a new, full-time position titled director of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). She will provide strategic and operational leadership of all EDI policies, programs, training, and practices for the Playhouse.

Music Theatre of Connecticut To Present HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY Photo
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company continues their 36th MainStage Season with a cabaret series entitled, Holiday on Broadway.


More Hot Stories For You


Complete Cast Announced For SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE: IN CONCERT Presented by Brief Cameo ProductionsComplete Cast Announced For SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE: IN CONCERT Presented by Brief Cameo Productions
December 1, 2022

Brief Cameo Productions has announced final casting for its upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George: In Concert, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the legacies we leave through children and art.

Singers Invited To Register For WAKEFIELD IDOL At Contemporary Theater CompanySingers Invited To Register For WAKEFIELD IDOL At Contemporary Theater Company
November 30, 2022

Every year mechanics, students, salespeople, nurses, and more take the stage at the Contemporary Theater Company for Wakefield Idol, the theater's annual singing competition.

Westport Country Playhouse Names Erika K. Wesley As Director Of Equity, Diversity, And InclusionWestport Country Playhouse Names Erika K. Wesley As Director Of Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion
November 30, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse has named Erika K. Wesley to a new, full-time position titled director of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). She will provide strategic and operational leadership of all EDI policies, programs, training, and practices for the Playhouse.

SYREN Modern Dance Announce 20-City Tour For 20th AnniversarySYREN Modern Dance Announce 20-City Tour For 20th Anniversary
November 30, 2022

SYREN Modern Dance, New York City based company co-founded by Lynn Peterson and Kate Sutter, will share a split bill with kamrDANCE on December 2, 2022 at 6:30pm & 8:30pm at Arts on Site, Studio 3R, 12 St. Mark's Place, NYC.

Music Theatre of Connecticut To Present HOLIDAY ON BROADWAYMusic Theatre of Connecticut To Present HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY
November 29, 2022

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company continues their 36th MainStage Season with a cabaret series entitled, Holiday on Broadway.