Monday, December 16, 2013

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE SEEKING YOUNG ACTORS for 2014 Productions!

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre will produce two Connecticut original productions this Spring with actors in grades 6 - 12 through the Teen Rep and Jr. Rep Companies.


The Teen Rep Company is seeking actors ages 14 - 20 for the Connecticut premiere production of  SHE KILLS MONSTERS by Qui Nguyen.  It will be directed by Kristen Palmer.

The show switches between fantasy and reality as his edgy teen focused play tells a story of loss, family, identity and acceptance – in an exciting comic book style.  When Tilly dies suddenly in a car accident her older sister Agnes’s only connection to her is a role playing adventure Tilly left behind. Agnes enters her sister’s fantasy world and learns about who her sister was – while fighting off the real and imagined monsters that plagued Tilly’s short life.

Young Actors will thrive in this show as they develop their acting skills and are part of an ensemble Teen Rep Production project. There will be opportunities for stage combat, choreography, puppetry and creating stage effects.

All interested teens are invited to attend an open workshop to learn more about the script and ensemble at Oddfellows Playhouse on January 6th or 8th from 6-8pm.  Rehearsals start January 13th and will be held every Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 - 8:30pm.
Performances: March 20-23rd
Tuition: $300.  Financial Aid, Scholarships and Work-Study Available. 

The Jr.Rep Company seeks actors in grades 6 – 8.   This show will also feature a first ever east coast musical production.  The Connecticut premiere production of BUCCANEERS by Liz Duffy Adams will be directed by Lorra Webb.

Young Enid Arabella longs for adventure and escape from her family’s poverty. She runs away and is captured by a pirate king and his crew of kidnapped children. She summons her courage and wits to lead a mutiny and overthrow their oppressor – only to find herself in charge of a crew as fractious as the seas.
This new musical, premiered in 2012, is an exciting performance opportunity for young actors to sing, dance, act and be a part of an ensemble that values their voices and talents at any stage of development. Led by long-time Jr. Rep director Lorra Webb this musical presents great messages about leadership, empowerment and family.

Rehearsals begin January 14th and are held every Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm until the Performances on April 3, 4 and 5th.
Tuition is $300.  Scholarship and Financial Aid are available.

All actors will have a role in the production.  Oddfellows has been producing plays with young people for over 38 years.  The cadre of directors and designers are professional artists with a commitment to young people’s personal growth and artistic development.

To register, or for more information on how to get involved go to oddfellows.org or contact Artistic Director, Kristen Palmer at 860 347 6143, ext. 103.

About us:
Oddfellows Playhouse was founded in 1975 as a community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all backgrounds. Oddfellows remains Connecticut’s largest and most active year-round youth theater, an independent, not-for-profit organization that annually serves over 1,200 young people.  The mission is “ to build essential life skills through the performing arts.”
In 2013 Oddfellows Playhouse was named “Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theatre by Connecticut Magazine.  In 2012 Oddfellows was awarded its very first National Endowment for the Arts award for the Our Town grant. In 2003, Citizens Bank named Oddfellows Playhouse its Community Champion for youth services, and CPTV featured the Playhouse and its program on a special titled art.culture.life. In 1999, the Playhouse received a Community Service Award from the Middlesex County NAACP in recognition of its years of commitment to young people, particularly those challenged by poverty.  The New England Theatre Conference recognized the Playhouse’s history of quality performing arts and youth education with an Award of Excellence in 1998.
The Playhouse has produced over 350 shows, including classics, contemporary and world premieres.

For more information contact:  Kristen Palmer at (860) 347-6143 ext. 103 or Kristen@oddfellows.org.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Oddfellows Playhouse Winter 2014 Class Registration is OPEN!


Exciting Theatrical Winter Classes and Productions Offered by Oddfellows Playhouse

Middletown, CT
December 11, 2013


Exciting new theatre arts classes and productions are being offered for children and youth ages
4 - 20!  Registration is now open for Winter Classes and Productions at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre.

Kids can explore their creative side, become confident in public speaking and enjoy working as a team while experiencing the arts through classes in acting, improvisation, technical theatre and creative dramatics.  This winter there are several unique opportunities.

       Playwriting will be taught for grades 6-12 by Artistic Director, Kristen Palmer.  Palmer is an experienced playwright and creative writing teacher.  Students will explore their dramatic imaginations and write original ten-minute plays over the 8 week session.

       Puppetmania! will be lead by Master Teaching Artist, Renee Soares.  Students in grades 2-4 will design and craft unique puppet-making projects and creating a puppet show working with a live production.

       Shakespeare’s Fairies, Witches and Ghosts will introduce 4-5th grade actors to the dynamic scenes and characters from Shakespeare’s plays.  This mini-production is a great introduction to the language and stories of the world’s most well-known playwright.

All classes at the Playhouse are taught by professional artists dedicated to arts education.  Each session culminates in a sharing for families and friends!

Details and registration is available at www.oddfellows.org

Winter classes start the week of January 13th and end the week of March 3rd.

Tuition ranges from $120 - 300.
Financial aid, Scholarships and Work-Study arrangements are available.

All classes take place at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown.

About us:
Oddfellows Playhouse was founded in 1975 as a community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all backgrounds. Oddfellows remains Connecticut’s largest and most active year-round youth theater, an independent, not-for-profit organization that annually serves over 1,200 young people.  The mission is “ to build essential life skills through the performing arts.”
In 2013 Oddfellows Playhouse was named “Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theatre by Connecticut Magazine.  In 2012 Oddfellows was awarded its very first National Endowment for the Arts award for the Our Town grant. In 2003, Citizens Bank named Oddfellows Playhouse its Community Champion for youth services, and CPTV featured the Playhouse and its program on a special titled art.culture.life. In 1999, the Playhouse received a Community Service Award from the Middlesex County NAACP in recognition of its years of commitment to young people, particularly those challenged by poverty.  The New England Theatre Conference recognized the Playhouse’s history of quality performing arts and youth education with an Award of Excellence in 1998.
The Playhouse has produced over 350 shows, including classics, contemporary and world premieres.
For more information contact:  Kristen Palmer at (860) 347-6143 ext. 103 or Kristen@oddfellows.org.


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Friday, October 4, 2013

Last Chance to Register for Fall Classes

Oddfellows Playhouse Fall 2013 Theater classes start Oct 14th!. 

The Fall Session runs for 8 weeks, with programs beginning the week of October 14 and concluding the week of December 9.  There are no classes held the week of Thanksgiving.
If you are age:
Ages 3-4: Little Fellows
Parents & Tots: Thursdays 9-10am or Saturdays 9-10am
Arts Explosion: Thursdays 10-11am or Saturdays 10-11am

Ages 5-6: First Act
Beginning Acting: Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm or Saturday 9-10am
Creative Arts: A Bug’s Life: Big Stories with Little Creatures Thursdays 4:30-5:30 or Saturdays 10-11am

Grades 1-3: Story Starters
Mini-Production: Where the Sidewalk Ends: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6pm
Creative Drama: Wizard Academy: Mondays 4:30-5:30 or Saturdays 9-10am
Creative Drama: Spinning Fairy Tales: Wednesdays4:30-5:30 or Saturdays 10-11am

Grades 4-5: Kids Company
Mini-Production: The Mystery of..: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-6pm
Actor’s Tool Box: Saturdays 9-10am
Ensemble: Improvisation: Saturdays 10-11am

Grades 6-8: Junior Repertory Company
Behind the Scenes: StageCraft: Mondays 4:30-6pm
Circus Skills: AcroJam: Fridays 5:15-6:15

Grades 9 &; up: Teen Repertory Company
Musical Theater I: Acting while Singing: Wednesdays4:30-6pm
ACTING: Scene Study and Monologue Preparation:Tuesdays 7-8:30pm (no class Nov 26th)
Behind the Scenes: StageCraft: Mondays 4:30-6pm
Circus Skills AcroJam: Fridays 5:15-6:15


One of the biggest changes in the Playhouse schedule is a full scale-production for students in grades 3-5 of “For Feet’s Sake” by Krista Knight.  A wildly imaginative adaptation of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.  The production will be onstage June 6-7, 2014 Students must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to be cast, which include taking part in either a fall or winter session Mini-Production or take two skill building classes during the 2013-14 season.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Class Registration Now Open


Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce its Fall 2013 Programming.  The youth theater, which provides afterschool and weekend theatrical programming, is excited to unveil its programmatic offerings under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director Kristen Palmer.  Oddfellows’ programs use theatre as a vehicle to build essential life skills, while exploring highly educational and creative themes and plays.

“This year at Oddfellows Playhouse young actors and audiences will travel back through time and deep into the wilds of the imagination with the productions and classes led by tremendously talented teaching artists and artistic staff. We’re excited to welcome back our students and see new faces in the theater this season!”  - Kristen Palmer, Artistic Director.

The Fall Session runs for 8 weeks, with programs beginning the week of October 14 and concluding the week of December 9.  There are no classes held the week of Thanksgiving.   There are skill building classes on weekday afternoons and on Saturday mornings for students from pre-K -5th grade.  Skill building classes are ideal for students looking to get onstage for the first time, and also for the more focused students looking to sharpen their talents.  Mini-productions meet twice per week and offer a more focused rehearsal process putting together a short play. 

Highlights for the fall include the Story Starters (Grades 2-3) Mini-production of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Students will create characters and explore the stories of Shel Silverstein’s wild poems for young people.   Young actors will develop imagination and focus on bringing their ideas to life on-stage while they work together to create a memorable performance from Silverstein’s unforgettable poems.

The Kids Company (grades 4-5) will stage the Mini-Production: The Mystery Of… Creating characters and a story built from popular children’s detective literature, young actors will collaborate on an original mystery while they develop performance skills, story-building and explore their own ideas and creativity through theatre.  Exciting skill building classes at this level include The Actor’s Toolbox and Ensemble: Improvisation on Saturday mornings. 

One of the biggest changes in the Playhouse schedule is a full scale-production for students in grades 3-5 of “For Feet’s Sake” by Krista Knight.  A wildly imaginative adaptation of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.  The production will be onstage June 6-7, 2014.  Students must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to be cast, which include taking part in either a fall or winter session Mini-Production or take two skill building classes during the 2013-14 season. 

The Junior Repertory Company (grades 6-8) will stage The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet from November 14-16, 2013. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet meets the whimsical rhythms of Dr. Seuss in this fast paced tongue-twister of a comedy by Peter Bloedel.  Young actors will get to sink their teeth into broadly comic characters, deliciously fun word play and be part of an exciting main-stage production.  Rehearsals begin the week of September 16, 2013 for students in grades 6-8. Additional classes for students in grades 6-8 are offered in the area of Technical Theater, Acrobatics, and Musical Theater: Acting While Singing – a great way to prepare for the winter production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (April 10-12, 2014).

The Teen Repertory Company (grades 9-12) is an opportunity for adventurous, committed teenagers to experience cutting-edge theater in a supportive, challenging and non-competitive environment.  The company takes on mature, thought-provoking work with bold energy and high artistic standards.  Skill building classes in scene study and monologue preparation, circus and stagecraft, as well as private coaching, are available.

The Teen Repertory Company follows with the Tony-Award winning musical OLIVER! By Lionel Bart.  Victorian London comes alive in this musical adaptation of Dicken’s classic.  Orphaned Oliver, abandoned to the workhouse, is sold into servitude, escapes to a den of thieves, is momentarily rescued by a wealthy benefactor and must navigate a hostile world with wits and courage.  Classic songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer an entertaining and engaging show this holiday season, with performances December 5-17, 2013.   The production is a multi-generational show involving Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company and adult actors, in partnership with CT Heritage Productions.   Auditions for students in grades 9-12 and adults are September 16 and 18 from 7-9pm.

Pre-Audition workshop will be held on September 11th from 7-9pm and will be a fun introduction to the artistic staff, and the songs, dances and story of the play. Actors planning to audition – or even just considering it – are encouraged to attend.

Auditions will be Monday September 16 or Wednesday September 18 for OLIVER!  from 7-9pm at the Playhouse.

To register for classes and for more information visit www.oddfellows.org

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Auditions for Circus in Wonderland

Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM announce auditions for the 2013-14 cast of Circophony, a touring youth circus company co-sponsored by the two Middletown-based theater groups. Young people ages twelve to eighteen are invited to audition to join the cast of this year’s show, Circus in Wonderland.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 8 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.
 

Circophony is a select youth circus company committed to providing first class training to aspiring circus artists while creating exciting new performances which will tour to schools, clubs, fairs, corporate events and festivals. Young people selected for the Company will receive a rigorous combination of circus training, physical conditioning and rehearsal/production experience. Members are expected to arrive punctually, attend all rehearsals and performances, work hard, be strong team players, and train independently outside of rehearsals.
 
Circophony is open to young people ages twelve to eighteen. Prior circus experience is not required. If you do not have circus experience, a background in dance, gymnastics, theater, cheerleading, parkour, hooping, magic or serious physical activity is helpful. The show is directed by ARTFARM’s Executive Director Dic Wheeler, who has been performing, directing and teaching circus in the United States and Europe for thirty years. Dic is the founder of the Children’s Circus of Middletown and ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, and is a charter member of the American Youth Circus Organization. Lead Trainer is circus performer and teacher Allison McDermott, an acrobat, aerialist, and graduate of the Professional Track Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont.
 
Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm at Oddfellows starting Tuesday, September 17.  Attendance at rehearsals is compulsory – if you cannot commit to the rehearsal schedule you should not apply to join Circophony.

The opening of this year’s show will be January 17 & 18 at Oddfellows Playhouse. There will be rehearsals every evening January 13 – 16. Circophony’s Circus in Wonderland will be an original, main stage circus production loosely based on the characters and scenes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, incorporating juggling, acrobatics, balancing, clowning, physical comedy and other skills developed by the company members.

The show will be available for touring throughout the school year, and Circophony members will be expected to be available for touring performances between January and May. Performers and their parents will be given adequate notice about show times and dates. We may also travel to regional youth circus festivals during the year.

Tuition for Circophony, which includes over thirty rehearsals plus the performances and tour, is $250. Some financial assistance is available.

To register for the audition, or if you have questions, email info@art-farm.org or call (860)346-4390

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Eli Cannon's Makes Donation to Oddfellows

Eli Cannon's Tap Room made a generous donation of $2,250 to Oddfellows on August 21.  The donation was from the Beer Godz Beer Fest on Monday August 5.  It was the third year in a row that the Beer Fest benefited the Playhouse.

“Oddfellows Playhouse and the Children's Circus are a vibrant piece of Middletown.  This is a great way to help support a local arts organization that has a huge impact on a lot of children.  It's not about us, it's about all of us" said Phil Ouellette, owner of Eli Cannon's.

Ouellette says in today's employment market, young people have to really stand out from the crowd of people vying for the same job and public speaking and other social skills, such as "how you animate yourself," give them a leg up on the competition in addition to confidence.

Last year's Beer Gods netted $1,000, with Ouellette making a personal donation of $500.

Matt Pugliese, executive director of Oddfellows, says the funds will "cover nearly all the royalties for the year. Every play we do, we pay out a certain number of royalties, which allows us to do five plays."

Events such as Beer Gods, Pugliese says, is "mutually beneficial. None of us can exist without the other."

Middlesex United Way Makes Generous Grant to Support Children's Circus


Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce that is has received a generous grant of $33,250 from the Middlesex United Way to support the 25th Children’s Circus of Middletown.  The Middlesex United Way commitment to the Children’s Circus, in partnership with the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts, has been key to the community arts program’s ability to survive and thrive.

The Children’s Circus is a 5-week, half-day program for 150 children ages 8-14 that has become not only a huge local event but also a national model for nonprofit municipal partnerships.  Over the five weeks, participants learn a huge variety of circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, clowning, and visual arts.  After deciding on two areas of specialization, the participants train daily and perform for the camp at the end of each week.  For the last two weeks of the program, the participants are cast into featured roles in a circus act, and rehearse these acts before performing in front of over 1,000 people. The performance features the live circus band of local musicians, original costumes  and large scale scenic elements and puppets.  

The Children’s Circus also brings students together with their parents.  Twice per week “tech nights” offer circus staff, campers and parents the opportunity to get together and build, tape, paint and sew the costumes, props and technical elements of the Circus.  “Parents get to spend quality time with their children, meet their new friends and share talents – I’ve seen parents amazed at the creativity of their children, and kids surprised at their parents’ artistic skills.  It is hours that they are spending enjoying each other without the distraction of television and technology”, said Oddfellows Executive Director Matt Pugliese.

The Children’s Circus of Middletown is an exceptional community wide program where entire families come together to create this one-of-a-kind spectacle.  Circus Director Jason Leinwand, now in his 2nd year as Director, comments often on spirit of community  “In my opinion, this is the essence of what the circus is. It's a place where everyone is welcome to participate. The circus is a place where all of our individual skills are collaged together to create an unbelievable spectacle that everyone can be proud to be a part of. We become a community of artists and over time, one big circus family.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oddfellows Announces 2013-14 Season

Oddfellows Announces 2013-14 Productions


Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce its 2013-14 Season for its Junior and Teen Repertory Company.  The first season under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director Kristen Palmer is filled with classics, family musicals and some new endeavors.

The season will begin with the Junior Repertory Company’s of The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet onstage November 14-16, 2013. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet meets the whimsical rhythms of Dr. Seuss in this fast paced tongue-twister of a comedy by Peter Bloedel.  Young actors will get to sink their teeth into broadly comic characters, deliciously fun word play and be part of an exciting main-stage production.  Rehearsals begin the week of September 16, 2013 for students in grades 6-8.

The Teen Repertory Company follows with the Tony-Award winning musical OLIVER! By Lionel Bart.  Victorian London comes alive in this musical adaptation of Dicken’s classic.  Orphaned Oliver, abandoned to the workhouse, is sold into servitude, escapes to a den of thieves, is momentarily rescued by a wealthy benefactor and must navigate a hostile world with wits and courage.  Classic songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer a entertaining and engaging show this holiday season, with performances December 5-17, 2013.   The production is a multi-generational show involving Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company and adult actors, in partnership with CT Heritage Productions.   Auditions for students in grades 9-12 and adults are September 16 and 18 from 7-9pm. This production is being supported in part by the generous donation from John and Mary Murphy.

“This fall we are excited to offer two such diverse projects, a classic musical based on Dicken’s Oliver Twist and a twisted take on Romeo and Juliet.  In the spring we will be echoing the whimsical adaption of the Fall with the Teen Rep’s performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – with their own original approach to the classic.  Jr. Rep will perform its first ever musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and we are proud to announce that for the first time our Elementary students in grades 3-5 will be performing on the main-stage in a lively, contemporary adaptation of Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, written by Krista Knight.” Said Kristen Palmer, Artistic Director.

Auditions will be Monday September 16 and Wednesday September 18 for OLIVER!  Interested Junior Repertory Company students should sign up before Tuesday September 17, 2013. 

Elementary actors (3-5th grade) should sign up for classes or a mini-production this Fall and Winter to be eligible for inclusion in the Spring Production.



For more information about the 2013-14 season, or to purchase tickets, visit www.oddfellows.org


ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE 2013-14
OLIVER!
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Directed by Peter Loffredo
Musical Direction by Joni Gage
December 5-17, 2013


This multi-generational musical is being produced in collaboration with CT Heritage Productions.

Victorian London comes alive in this musical adaptation of Dicken’s classic.  Orphaned Oliver, abandoned to the workhouse, is sold into servitude, escapes to a den of thieves, is momentarily rescued by a wealthy benefactor and must navigate a hostile world with wits and courage.  Classic songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer all participants juicy performance opportunities and a lively holiday show for Middletown.

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet
By Peter Bloedel
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Lorra Webb
November 14, 15, 16th.  7:30pm


Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet meets the whimsical rhythms of Dr. Seuss in this fast paced tongue-twister of a comedy.  Young actors will get to sink their teeth into broadly comic characters, deliciously fun word play and be part of an exciting main-stage production.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts®” by Charles M. Schultz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark M. Gesner
March 10, 11, 12


Schultz’s beloved characters share their hopes, hearts and dreams while they navigate childhood in this delightful, sweet-hearted musical for all audiences.

Romeo & Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kristen Palmer
May 8 – 17th


The star-crossed lovers seek their paradise in a world of warring parents, street violence, prejudice, economic inequity, and an uncertain future.  Renaissance Verona or contemporary Connecticut?  This production of the classic will be a fast-paced, exciting take on Shakespeare’s classic romance.

For Feet’s Sake (The Wild Tail of a Little Mermaid)

by Krista Knight
Directed by Kristen Palmer
June 6, 7th


A wildly theatrical, craftily contemporary adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story.  This inaugural Elementary Rep production will make this story live anew for audiences with fanciful staging, engaging story and its main character who faces what it means to grow up and make choices that can’t be unmade.

For more information on programs, to register for classes or to purchase tickets to performances, call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143 or log onto www.oddfellows.org. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

3rd Annual Rubber Chicken Run

The 3rd ODDFELLOWS RUBBER CHICKEN RUN 5K Cross Country Race will take place Thursday, August 15th at Mercy High School.













Funds raised for the race will help Oddfellows maintain its high quality theatrical programming for young people and support its generous scholarship awards,
which allows us to never turn a child away for financial reasons.

We hope that you, and your family and friends, will join us to run in support of Oddfellows.


 
 








August 15, 2012
*6:00pm Children's 1/2 Mile Fun Run
*6:30pm 5K Cross Country Race
Mercy High School
1750 Randolph Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Registration
$20 per Runner (ages 14 & up) in advance, $25 day of race.
$75 per Team. Teams will not be accepted on the day of the race.
$5 Children's Fun Run (ages 13 & under).
Advanced registration closes Friday, August 10, 2012


Visit RubberChickenRun.com for more information

Thanks to our Supporters!
Pratt & Whitney LLC.
Triple Frog LLC.
Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C .
Community Health Center Inc.
Mercy High School

 The Iron Scissors Salon
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill
Charles Computer Services
Prohealth Physicians Middlesex Pediatrics
Fusion Bakery
Chabaso Bakery
Illiano's Restaurant

Friday, July 26, 2013

ELI CANNON’S SERVES UP A BENEFIT FOR ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE

MONDAY, AUGUST 5st, 5-9 pm

Eli Cannon’s Tap Room spotlights its community spirit with a benefit for Oddfellows Playhouse on Monday evening, August 5 from 5-9pm. Eli’s will have 20+ breweries offering samples of their famed craft beers, as well as several local food trucks on site, including the Nora Cupcake Truck, the Whey Station, Lucky Taco and Vecchitto’s Italian Ice. 

All of the proceeds from the evening will go to Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater.  The evening will kick off Eli Cannon’s annual Beer Gods Festival, a week featuring different celebratory craft beer focused events.

“Oddfellows Playhouse and the Children's Circus are a vibrant piece of Middletown.  This is a great way to help support a local arts organization that has a huge impact on a lot of children.  It isn't just about us, its about all of us,” said Phil Oullette.

The fest includes unlimited samples from more than 20 craft breweries.  There will also be raffle to raise additional funds. Prizes will include different rare craft microbrew prizes, and a private tasting led by JD Crandall, Eli’s Bar Czar.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, at Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, 695 Main Street.

The Big City Circus is One Week Away!

As the students and staff prep for the 25th Children's Circus of Middletown: The Big City Circus, here are a couple of photos of the great work going on! 

Thank you to the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middlesex United Way and Middletown Board of Education!

 Volunteers are needed on Friday August 2 to help sell tickets, t-shirts, direct parking.  Volunteers need to arrive by 3:30pm and help until 5pm.  You will be able to see the Circus!  And you get a complimentary ticket and the great feeling inside for being a helpful part of the Circus team! 

Please contact Matt Pugliese at Oddfellows to sign up at matt@oddfellows.org or 860-347-6143

 




Monday, July 8, 2013

Circus Tech Nites

Want to help make something like this?
Tech Nite for the Children's Circus of Middletown is an opportunity for children, adults, and families to create collaborative art projects to be used in the final performance of the circus program. Tech Nite is a loosely structured art workshop with a focus on papier mache, painting, cardboard construction, carpentry, and sometimes sewing. It's a ton of fun, a low-pressure creative outlet, and features music, candy, and watermelon.

When: Every Mon and Wed 7-9pm, beginning Wed 7/10 and ending Mon 7/29.
Where: Remington Rand Building, North entrance (parking and entryway marked).
Who: All are welcome! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact Ro Seidelman, Technical Director, with any questions: (914) 310-5231

Donations of the following are welcome and appreciated:
-cardboard larger than 3 ft x 3 ft.
-foam rubber/mattress foam
-non-oil-based paints
-spray paint
-fabric larger than 1 yd.
-coffee cans, tupperware
-paper towel and toilet paper rolls
-Tyvek
-dowels
-1x3s and 2x4s 4 ft. or longer
-newsprint
-drywall and wood screws
-misc. hardware
-painting and carpentry tools

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last Chance for Hear What's In the Heart

"This show was amazing!!! I saw it opening night and everyone should see it before it leaves. A great night; I laughed, I cried."
-Rose Masselli Morse
 
"just a short note to tell you how much all of us enjoyed your performance last night! And to thank you for the love of family that you project so well in your outstanding play! Your energy, your honesty, your talent, and above all the love for your grandfather made this an outstanding experience!"
-Paul Pirrotta
 
"Whether it is his womanizing Uncle Manny from Florida who has a reputation as a lover of women, food and women or Brother Connolly from Xavier High School who tried to teach the secret to sex education was abstention or his Uncle Amo whom he likened to a "dancing banana," Steve has the profound talents to bring them each individually and memorably to life."
-Bonnie Goldberg, Member CT Critics Circle

THURSDAY June 20 - 7:30pm
Oddfellows Playhouse
128 Washington St
860-347-6143
www.oddfellows.org
$20 General Admission
 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Last Chance for Food Improv

Friends of Oddfellows and Fellow Foodies!   

Our very special FOOD IMPROV event is just days away and why are we excited?
 
For the same reasons you should be excited! 
  • 12 chefs and vendors will be there, offering everything from specialty cocktails to savory nosh to awesome desserts.
  • Five participants were named by the Hartford Advocate as the Best of 2013!
  • WNPR Connecticut Public Radio Host and Correspondent Lucy Nalpathanchil will serve as our Master of Ceremonies She's really lovely and we look forward to her taking the podium!
  • unique auction offering folks an opportunity to become involved by supporting our programming!
  • special incentive offered during the auction:  two tickets to Broadway's "THE BOOK OF MORMON" - impossible to get -
       AND post-show backstage tour!
 
And hey, we've created a bit of a buzz! LeeAnne Griffin, "A La Carte" blogger and food writer for the Hartford Courant, and Emily Cahill, Marketing Director for Yelp.com/Hartford, are "following" us and have been graciously posting and Tweeting about our event.
Join us! If you won't know till the last minute, walk-ins are welcome!

All the best,
Mary Murphy and Liz Cipollina
FOOD IMPROV Co-Chairs
 
Call OP today for tickets! 860-347-6143 or email 
 

 
THURSDAY JUNE 6, 2013
6pm - 9pm
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
Middletown, CT