Apr 9, 2009

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS THE AMERICAN CLOCK

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of The American Clock by Arthur Miller from April 30-May 9. Jill Giles directs a cast of 18 talented teens, in this powerful story of the Great Depression, based in part on Studs Terkel’s book, Hard Times.

In a play he dubs “a vaudeville,” Arthur Miller has captured the era’s tension between the painful hardship suffered by so many individuals and the exhilarating optimism of the songs and radio shows of the popular culture. Between 1929 and 1945, the stock market crashes, homes are foreclosed upon, unemployment soars, and people stand in bread lines— and the radio plays “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company recreates a timely and timeless story that helps us better understand and cope with today’s events.

Major support for Oddfellows’ 2008-2009 season comes from the State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Stare Fund, Pratt and Whitney—Middletown and The J. Walton Bissell Foundation. The American Clock previews at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm, with a “can-can” performance (pay-what-you-can and bring a can for the Amazing Grace food pantry). Additional performances are on May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (860) 347-6143.

SUMMER SHAKESPEARE ACADEMY, ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE

Oddfellows Playhouse is now scheduling placement auditions for its Summer Shakespeare Academy, an intensive 4-week program that runs from June 29-July 25. The Shakespeare Academy is open to anyone ages 14 to 18 who has completed 9th grade. Teens will work with Playhouse producing artistic director Jeffery Allen and other professional artists and present mainstage performances of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, on July 23-25. Auditions are by appointment at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Come prepared to perform a short Shakespeare monologue from 12-20 lines, which must be memorized. For information or to schedule an audition, call (860) 347-6143 or email info@oddfellows.org.

Apr 7, 2009

ODDFELLOWS’ WACKY WEDNESDAYS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

ODDFELLOWS’ WACKY WEDNESDAYS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Oddfellows Playhouse is offering Wacky Wednesdays, a series of interactive monthly workshops for pre-schoolers, ages 2-6. The next workshop is on April 22 from 10-11 a.m. and features stories with crafts, music, and other activities. Taught by Kim West, these workshops engage children and their caregivers in creative structured group play designed to stimulate the imagination and nurture listening and motor skills.

Wacky Wednesdays are presented in partnership with KidCity Children’s Museum and made possible by a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism. The workshops are held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Cost is $10 per family. Members of KidCity receive a $5 discount.

Oddfellows Playhouse is more than a performing arts program. We aim 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 Wacky Wednesdays workshop, call (860) 347-6143.