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
$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
-1x3s and 2x4s 4 ft. or longer
-drywall and wood screws
-misc. hardware
-painting and carpentry tools