Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Forward with Spring Classes

Spring Forward with Spring Classes

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is now registering students for its spring theater programs. There is a full slate of Saturday morning class offerings for all ages, and exciting mini-productions during the week. Interested parents and children can visit Oddfellows Playhouse’s website to view the entire line up of classes. Registration is now available on line as well.

We are expanding our Saturday morning classes to include Little Fellows for students ages three and four. Also newly added is “First Act” for children ages five and six. These classes are a wonderful way to introduce your already imaginative and creative child to the world of theater through games, activities, art, movement and songs.

Due to popular demand “The Complete Actor” class for ages six through eight is being offered on Thursdays AND Saturday mornings. "The Complete Actor 2" for students ages nine to eleven will be offered on Wednesdays AND Saturday mornings. These classes features a curriculum of age-appropriate, basic acting, voice, and movement training for students who have recently caught the acting bug.

Spring Mini-Productions for students that have already completed study in "The Complete Actor" include "Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan" for students ages six to eight, and "Rootabaga Tales" by Carl Sandburg for students ages nine to eleven.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown. For 35 years Oddfellows Playhouse has been more than just a performing arts program. It aims to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by using the arts as tools to build self-confidence, communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation for the richness and diversity of the world in which we live. For more information or to reserve a spot in a fall class, call (860) 347-6143 or go to

Oddfellows programming is made possible through the generous support of the CT Department of Education, the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Stare Fund, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney-Middletown, the Irving Kohn Foundation, Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Fund and our Media Sponsor Comcast Cable.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Oddfellows Playhouse has launched into the spring with the first production of the 2011 session.

The Junior Repertory actors perform the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe sponsored by Price Chopper's Golub Foundation. The production runs Thursday March 10 through Saturday March 12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The approximate run time of the show is 80 minutes and is appropriate for children of all ages.

The production is made possible by major support from CT State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, The Stare Fund, Pratt & Whitney–Middletown, Middletown Commission on the Arts, City of Middletown CDBG Scholarship Program, Media Sponsor Comcast Cable and Radio Sponsor WESU 88.1FM

Tickets are available by calling Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143 or at
$15 Adults/$8 Students and Seniors

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summer is Almost Here

Registration now open for Oddfellows' summer programs for students ages 4-20.

Summer Theater based on the World and Work of Eric Carle (Ages 4-7)
Working with professional teaching artists, children will be at the center of the action, writing, acting, painting and creating a new story inspired by the work of the beloved author and illustrator. Students may take one session or both, and get ready to have a very busy time!

Registration forms are available online.

Days: Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30 pm
Session 1: July 11-22 and
Session 2: August 1-12
Location: Oddfellows Playhouse
Tuition: $350 per session
Limit: 15 per age group

Children's Circus of Middletown
Registrations are now being accepted for Oddfellows Playhouse 's 23rd Annual Children's Circus of Middletown - presented by the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the City of Middletown, the Middlesex United Way and Media Sponsor Comcast Cable.

Students train in acrobatics, dance, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, clowning, balance and visual arts and create a spectacular outdoor circus performance before an audience of over 1,000. Registration for the program is through the Middletown Commission on the Arts KIDS ARTS programs. Applications are available at Oddfellows Playhouse, the Middletown Park and Recreation & Arts Office, the Russell Library and online. Students that do not live in Middletown can participate in the program.

Ages: 8–14
Times: Monday thru Friday, July 5–August 6; 9–11:30 am or 12:30–3 pm
Performance: Friday, August 6, 5 pm (rain date: Saturday, August 7, 5 pm)
Location: Macdonough School
Tuition: $125—Middletown Residents; $250—Non-Middletown Residents

Summer Shakespeare Academy: Romeo and Juliet
An intensive, four week Shakespeare-in-performance program for high school students led by four highly skilled, professional theater artists. The Summer Shakespeare Academy focuses on rigorous theater training directly connected to the performance of one Shakespeare's plays. The program focuses on production, but uses the rehearsal and production processes as a teaching medium as well. Classes in text analysis, for example, will be specific to each student's character development, and classes in stage combat will lay a foundation for performance fight choreography. Interested students must fill out an application and schedule an audition with Jeffery Allen by calling 860-347-6143.

Rehersals: Mondays through Friday, 9am–3:30 pm
July 5-July 29 (Beginning Tuesday July 5)
Performances: July 28-30 at 7 pm
Tuition: $700 (Second child: $500)