Oct 29, 2007


Oddfellows Playhouse opens its 33rd season of performing arts classes for young people ages 2 to 20 on August 27th. The focus of this season is “Home”: what it is as a concept, a place, and a driving force in our lives. In addition to its varied line-up of exciting theater classes, Oddfellows plans some special productions of new contemporary plays.

At the heart of the fall season are two mainstage plays; a new play, Chavez Ravine, and a timeless classic, The Grapes of Wrath, which together bring the audience through a culturally and geographically complex search for home. The characters we meet this season are all searching for “home,” from the Joad family moving to a new home and the bleakness around them, to the many incarnations of the Chavez Ravine neighborhood, the current site of Dodger Stadium in LA. The simple word “home” evokes memory, longing, regret, joy, despair, anger and triumph and is a universal need for everyone. These productions will be presented by the Teen Repertory Company (ages 14-20) with auditions being held on September 5 and 6, pre-audition classes On August 27-30 and Sept. 4. Teenagers must take 2 of the 5 free pre-audition classes to be eligible to audition.

There are still places available in the introductory Complete Actor classes for ages 6-14. For students who have already taken the Complete Actor at their age levels, there are classes available in physical theater, advanced acting, and a Stage One mini-production, Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate, to name a few. All performing arts classes are taught by professional artists and held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Financial aid is available to help with tuition costs.

Please visit our website at www.oddfellows.org to view classes by age level or to download our new program brochure. For more information, to sign up for a class or request a 2007-2008 brochure of classes and productions, call (860) 347-6143 or email info@oddfellows.org