Dec 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.

Dec 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.


Nov 13, 2013

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE and CT HERITAGE PRODUCTIONS present Oliver! A Musical Adaptation of Dicken’s Classic Novel.

 
CALENDAR LISTING

DATES OF EVENT: DECEMBER 6,7,8,12,13,14
CONTACT PERSON: JEANNETTE ARCHER SIMONS, (860) 347-6143

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE and CT HERITAGE PRODUCTIONS present Oliver! A Musical Adaptation of Dicken’s Classic Novel.   
 
Oddfellows Playhouse and CT Heritage Productions present an exciting staging of OLIVER!, written by Lionel Bart and directed by Peter Loffreddo, featuring a multigenerational cast. The Tony-Award winning musical tells the story of orphaned Oliver who must navigate and escape the hostile world of servitude in Victorian London with wits and courage. Classic songs and indelible characters offer an entertaining and engaging show this holiday season, with performances December 6-14, 2013.   

* We will be collecting non-perishable food items at all performances to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Place in Middletown, CT.


DATES & TIME:     December 6,7,12,13,14 – 7:30pm.  
                                   December 8th – 2:00pm Sunday Matinee.

COST:                        $18 adults, $10 students and seniors

PLACE:                     Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street
                                   Middletown, CT 06457

MORE INFO:           Call (860) 347-6143  
 
TICKETS:                 oddfellowsplayhouse.ticketleap.com

Oct 23, 2013

Oddfellows Playhouse Announces Change in Leadership

Middletown, CT- After five years as Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s Executive Director, Matt Pugliese has announced that he is leaving for a new arts leadership position with University of Connecticut.  Pugliese joined the Playhouse in 2008 as Managing Director and became Executive Director in 2011.  Prior to that time he served as a director for several Teen Repertory Company productions and was a teaching artist for many different Playhouse programs.
In a statement to the community Pugliese said, “I have been honored to represent Oddfellows for the last five years.  It is an incredible arts organization, and has had a profound impact on so many young people over the last 39 years.  I have enjoyed hearing from so many students, parents and alumni the great impact that the arts had on their development and life.  It continues to reinforce my belief in the importance of the Playhouse’s mission of building essential life skills through the theatrical arts.”
 
The board of directors selected Jeannette Archer-Simons as Interim Executive Director.  Archer-Simons is a seasoned transition expert working through the Third Sector New England interim executive program.  She has served several organizations in Connecticut as a consultant and called Middletown home for 8 years when she served as CEO/Executive Director of the Girl Scouts CT Trails Council from 1999-2007.  She is joined by Artistic Director Kristen Palmer to guide the organization in continuing to provide exceptional artistic programs for children and youth.
The Playhouse recently welcomed Kristen Palmer as its new Artistic Director.  Palmer holds an MA from NYU in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentrations in education and theatre and an MFA from Hunter College in Playwriting where she studied under Tina Howe. Her plays have been produced and developed throughout the country.  Palmer received a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, a Connecticut State Individual Artist Grant from the Commission of Culture and Tourism and was Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts. 

Pugliese went on to say, “Oddfellows, like all non-profits, faces a number of challenges now and in the future.  I believe that despite these challenges, the Playhouse is in good hands.  The talented artists that bring the magic alive at Oddfellows continue to be the lifeblood of the organization.  Kristen Palmer, the Artistic Director, will be an incredible leader, artist and educator and will offer much for our young people.  She has the full support of the Board of Directors, who are as committed as ever to ensuring Oddfellows’ future.”

Next up at Oddfellows is the musical Oliver!  on-stage December 5-14.  Fall classes for students ages 3-18 began the week of October 14 and the Winter/Spring schedule of classes will be posted by mid November.

About Oddfellows Playhouse:
Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown.  Classes are offered both on site and in schools throughout the community.   For more than 35 years Oddfellows Playhouse has been more than just a performing arts program.  It aims to make a positive difference in the lives of 1,200 young people each year 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 about classes and productions visit www.oddfellows.org.

Sep 3, 2013

Auditions for Teens and Adults for Oliver!


Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Connecticut Heritage Productions are again joining creative forces this holiday season with a co-production of OLIVER!  the Tony-Award winning musical based on Dicken’s classic novel .  Adult and teens are invited to audition for this up-coming production.
OLIVER!, directed by Peter Lofreddo will feature a multi-generational cast of actors.  As in last year’s A Civil War Christmas, which involved Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company and adult actors, actors and the community will reap the rewards of this unique partnership to produce a tremendous musical.  “Oliver contains some of the best known standards in the Broadway show tune canon, ”Consider Yourself at Home”, “Food, Glorious Food,”, “You Can Go but Be Back Soon “and the haunting love ballad, “As Long As He Needs Me.” – Director Peter Lofreddo.

 Classic songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer an entertaining and engaging show this holiday season, with performances December 5-17, 2013.   This production is being supported in part by the generous donation from John and Mary Murphy.

Auditions will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse from 7pm – 9pm on Monday September 16th and Wednesday September 18th.  Teens and Adults from all backgrounds are encouraged to audition. 

Additionally interested teens are invited to attend a pre-audition workshop at Oddfellows on Wednesday, September 11th.  This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artistic staff and learn songs, scenes and dances from the show in a fun, introductory session.  There is no fee for the workshop or auditions.

Tuition is charged for the Teen Rep program for students. Pre-registration and scholarship applications are available at Oddfellows.org.

Oddfellows and CHP have joined forces on various projects in the past including Higher Ground: an original play dramatizing the long struggle of African-Americans for freedom and equality, and the Connecticut Valley Student Playwriting Competition.  They approach this production with the goal of bringing together various perspectives and members of the community to explore themes of juvenile justice, historical views of economic inequity and a youth’s search for family.

“Oddfellows and CHP thought this was a great production to approach with a multigenerational cast because of the age range of characters in the play.  There is a lot to learn as an actor when you are portraying a character your own age, rather than someone 20 or 30 years older.  Equally as important is the different point of views that a cast with different life experiences brings to a production.  It is important that we teach our young people different points of view on the world,” said Oddfellows’ Executive Director Matt Pugliese. 

Connecticut Heritage Productions' mission is to inspire, nurture, and sustain an appreciation of the performing arts by entertaining, enlightening, and connecting our audiences to the ever-changing sensibilities of our times. Their work is a collaborative effort of artists, professional staff, board members, and the community.

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

Aug 28, 2013

Eli Cannon's Donates $2,250 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."



Aug 27, 2013

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.”

Aug 20, 2013

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. 

Jul 31, 2013

Eli Cannon's Serves Up Benefit for Oddfellows


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. 

Jul 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

Jul 11, 2013

Oddfellows Names New Artistic Director

Middletown, Conn.- The Board of Directors at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater are delighted to announce that Kristen Palmer has been named the theater’s new Artistic Director, joining Executive Director Matthew J. Pugliese in steering the 38 year old youth arts organization. 

 “We are glad to welcome Kristen to Oddfellows, into this important role.  We share a vision for extending the theater arts to young people and underserved audiences, and I’m excited to begin working with Kristen to develop Oddfellows’ presence in our community”, said Executive Director Matt Pugliese. 

 Kristen Palmer brings with her twenty years of theater making and educational experience to Oddfellows Playhouse.

“I am tremendously excited and honored to begin as Artistic Director of Oddfellows Theatre. This youth theatre has expanded and contributed to so many lives over the years and engaged young people and adults in the art and practice of theatre. I strive to create highly aesthetic, richly engaging experiences and with Oddfellows I am joining an organization with a matching commitment to theatre and to the community”, said Palmer. 

While a member of Printer’s Devil Theater in Seattle, Palmer produced, directed and wrote new works.  In New York City she took part in the Women’s Project Theatre Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and continues to be an associate artist of New Georges.  Kristen received a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, a Connecticut State Individual Artist Grant from the Commission of Culture and Tourism and was Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts.  She has designed and implemented arts programs engaging students in their own creative processes with Dreamyard Drama Project, Brooklyn Free School, the Creative Arts Team, and many other organizations throughout the country.  She has developed and led arts education programs and directed productions with early childhood through college students, special needs populations, English language learners, incarcerated youth and underserved communities in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and D.C.

Kristen received her Bachelors from Bretton Hall in Yorkshire, England studying Dramatic Arts with a focus on creating original work and using drama in community and educational contexts.  She holds an MA from NYU in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentrations in education and theatre and an MFA from Hunter College in Playwriting where she studied under Tina Howe. Her plays have been produced and developed throughout the country.

“We’re delighted to have Kristen with us. Her combination of skills as an arts educator, playwright, and director are perfect for Oddfellows,” said Board of Directors chair, Elizabeth Bobrick. “we are looking forward to having her take her place in the community.

Jul 8, 2013

Hot July Nights with the Circus

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

Jun 20, 2013

Food Improv Feeds Oddfellows


On Thursday, June 6 Oddfellows Playhouse hosted its second annual fundraising event, Food Improv: Where the Performing Arts Meets the Culinary Arts- Take 2!.  A food and fun-filled evening, the Playhouse worked to raise money to support the Teen and Junior Repertory Company and scholarship fund while bringing together members of the community, friends, students and their parents.  Even though it rained outside, it did not stop the fun.

Throughout the evening guests were treated to a delightful assortment of foods and drinks provided by the  Riverhouse at Goodspeed, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, The Lace Factory, Cold Stone Creamery of Middletown, Lan Chi, Mattabesset Canoe Club, Lucky Taco, New England Emporium, NoRA Cupcake Company and Tschudin’s Chocolates & Confections, RIPE Craft Bar Juice and Onyx Moonshine.

 WNPR Connecticut Public Radio Host and Correspondent Lucy Nalpathanchil hosted the evening for a crowd of over a hundred and helped them to get to know Oddfellows.  She talked about the everyday difference Oddfellows is making in the lives of over 1,200 children each year and how the Playhouse uses the performing arts to make meaningful impacts and build life-long skills in children.

A particularly poignant moment in the evening came when Junior Repertory Company students Alex LaBella and Caroline Rocco spoke about what Oddfellows has meant to them and how it has helped shape who they are.  “Both of these young actors have performed in front of sold-out audiences, said co-chair Mary Murphy.  “Being able to listen first-hand to them speaking about their experiences at Oddfellows was invaluable.  It shows how important Oddfellows is to not only these kids, but all the kids who go there and the real difference it makes.”  In addition, long-time supporters and Board Members of Oddfellows Playhouse, Melissa Schilke and Jane McMillan were recognized with special awards at the event for all their years of service and volunteerism.

 “That night we raised money to support our programs and our scholarship fund and I couldn’t be happier,” said co-chair Elizabeth Cipollina.  “  We owe a great deal of thanks from our sponsors, Citizen’s Bank, Connecticut Rental Center, the law offices of Farrell, Geenty, Sheeley, Boccalatte & Guarino, P.C. and the law offices of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C..  Their sponsorship helped make this a huge success. ”





Alex LaBella of the Junior Repertory Company talks about his experience at Oddfellows

Jun 18, 2013

Last Chance for Hear What's In the Heart at Oddfellows

"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