Mar 19, 2013

25th Children's Circus of Middletown Now Accepting Registrations

Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 25th Children’s Circus of Middletown.  The Children's Circus offers an exceptionally unique program where the whole family and the entire whole community, can get involved in the making of something truly inspiring and special. 

The Children’s Circus of Middletown, part of the Kids Arts program, is a partnership between Oddfellows Playhouse, the City of Middletown and Middletown Commission of the Arts with critical support provided from the Middlesex United Way.  The 5-week, half day program begins on July 1 and runs until the performance on August 2.  During this time, students ages 8-14 are develop a variety of circus skills including juggling, unicycling, stilting, acrobatics, balance and clowning.  The program culminates in an outdoor circus performance in front of a crowd of nearly 1,500 people.  Each year the circus explores a different theme, with recent circuses focusing on “In Your Dreams”, “Eat’s All Good” and last year’s “The Circus of Science”.

Circus Director, Jason Leinwand, returns to bring the circus to life for the 25th time.  The program takes place at Macdonough School on Spring Street. 

For more information on the program and how to register, visit or  Registration forms are available at the City of Middletown Arts Office, Russell Library or Oddfellows Playhouse.  Registration is currently open. The program is $125 for Middletown residents and $250 for out of town students.  Busing is available for Middletown residents only.

Counselor positions are open, and applicants can download applications from the City of Middletown’s website.  Counselor applications are due by March 22 for to the City Arts Office located at 100 Riverview Center.

Oddfellows’ Children’s Circus of Middletown programming is made possible through the generous support of the City of Middletown, Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middlesex United Way and Stop and Shop Foundation. 

Mar 18, 2013

Alice Threw the Looking Glass: It's Not a Typo

Oddfellows Playhouse’s Junior Repertory Company will present Alice Threw The Looking Glass: A Parody of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style by John Walch.  The comedic combination of the world of Alice in Wonderland and grammar rules will run April 4-6 at 7:30pm. 

First-year college student Alice is in serious danger of failing her English course when she follows her composition paper into the trash -- and ends up in a hallucinatory world where the rules of grammar are turned upside-down.  If she wants to pass, she'll need to deal with gunslinging run-on sentences, thugs hawking colloquialisms, fearsome Modifier Leeches, and more.  Inspired by Lewis Carroll and parodying the grammar and writing style bible The Elements of Style by Strunk & White, this witty comedy explores the fantasy world of language in all its grotesque mutations.

The Junior Repertory Company is comprised of students in grades 5-8, from 10 different towns throughout central Connecticut.  The Junior Repertory company brings to life challenging and fun theatrical productions appropriate for audiences of all ages. 

The production runs Thursday thru Saturday, April 4 through April 6.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for Adults and $8 for Students/Seniors.  Anyone bringing a canned food item for Amazing Grace Food Pantry will receive a $2 discount on their ticket.  Tickets are available online at or by calling 860-347-6143. 

The production is made possible by major support from CT State Department of Education, Middlesex United Way, The Stare Fund, Pratt & Whitney, the Middletown Commission on the Arts and Daphne Sebolt Culpeper Foundation.   Media support is provided by WESU 88.1FM. 

Mar 12, 2013

Steven Scionti on WTNH

Here is a video of Steven Scionti on WTNH with Teresa LaBarbera last summer, talking about Hear What's In the Heart

Hear What's In the Heart
Thursdays - 7:30pm
May 16 - June 20, 2013
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Mar 7, 2013

Oddfellows on NPR

Oddfellows Playhouse on WNPR's Where We Live

Oddfellows's Executive Director, Matt Pugliese, was a panelist on Where We Live with John Dankosky on Wednesday March 6, as part of a panel discussion on creativity.  The panel was joined by a group of students from the Creative Arts Program at the Watkinson School, led by Dr. Karen Bovard (front row, left) a former  Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse.  You can listen to the show online here.
L to R: John Dankosky (Host), Constanza Segovia (CO Lab), Louise Loomis, Ed.D (Thinkwell Center), Matt Pugliese (Oddfellows Playhouse)

Mar 4, 2013

Spring Classes Now Enrolling

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is pleased to announce its Spring 2013 Session will begin the week of April 1.  Oddfellows’ programs use theatre as a vehicle to build essential life skills, while exploring highly educational and artistic themes and plays.  There are a variety of performance options and technique based classes for students ages 3-18.

Oddfellows Playhouse has a 38 year history, and is the largest comprehensive theater program for young people in central Connecticut.  Students participate from 40 different towns from throughout Connecticut, allowing young people to create new friendships and broaden their perspectives.  The Playhouse employs a staff of talented and skilled, working professional theatrical artists.  As a theater arts center, Oddfellows Playhouse is dedicated to innovation, diversity and inclusion.  The goal of the Playhouse is to nurture the creative spirit and promote skills that will serve children throughout their lives.  

Classes for the Little Fellows (ages 3-4) include Around the World and Animal Adventures. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings.  Participatory classes include Parents & Tots and Arts Explosion on Thursday mornings at 10am. 

First Act (Grades K-1) offers Creative Drama courses themed around children’s books and adventures such as Tales of Peter Rabbit and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Story Starters (Grades 2-3) encourage creative expression and promote confidence, self-esteem, and communication.  Once a week classes focus on skill building, while classes that meet twice a week short productions put those skills into action.  Classes include Anansi Tales and Mystery Theater and a mini-production of the West African fairytale Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. 

The Kids Company (Grades 4-5) is the stage that students begin to focus more on skills and techniques.  These courses help develop the next set of vocal, physical and emotional skills.  Technique classes include Comedy and Improv, Create a Character and Fundamentals of Musical Theater. The mini-production is the classic Wind in the Willows driven story, Adventures in Toad Hall.

The Junior Repertory Company (grades 6-8) offers technique classes for students in Actor Technique: How to Deliver a Monologue, Intro to Playwrighting and Behind the Scenes: Stagecraft.  A Circus Skills class in partner acrobatics, ACROJAM, meets on Monday evenings.  There are also private audition coaching and voice lessons available.   

Interested high school students can take an Intro to Directing class on Tuesday evenings, which will build budding director’s ability to think about story, staging and working with actors.  There is also a Intro to Playwrighting class offered.  A full list of program offerings and public performances can be found online at

Oddfellows programming is made possible through the generous support of the CDBG Scholarship Program, Citizens Bank, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT Department of Education, Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Fund, Elizabeth Carse Foundation, the Fund for Greater Hartford, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, the Irving Kohn Foundation, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middlesex United Way, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middletown YSB, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, Price Chopper Golub Foundation, the Stare Fund, Stop and Shop Foundation, Thomas J. Atkins Foundation, Triple Frog, LLC and WESU (88.1FM).