Mar 27, 2014

Oddfellows Playhouse thanks the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for Their Generous Gant




For Immediate Release
Middletown, Connecticut, March 26, 2014

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is grateful to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. The award is made possible by the generosity of the Connecticut Humanities Fund, a grant making partnership between the Community Foundation and Connecticut Humanities, and  will go to Oddfellows’ Junior and Teen Repertory.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Its mission is to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds and to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant-making to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 1,100 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to nonprofit organizations for the arts; cultural and heritage programs; educational activities; environmental improvements; and for health and human services.

Oddfellows Junior and Teen Rep put up four full productions a year. Our most recent production was She Kills Monsters, a play by Teen Rep that finished its successful run last March 23rd. Coming up is Junior Rep’s pirate musical Buccaneers, which will open on Friday, April 4th.  

Jeannette Archer-Simons, Interim Executive Director stated, “ It is good people in the community supporting the Community Foundation that allow us to bring children and youth together to build confidence, find their voice in artistic expression and create community conversation through the arts.  We thank the Community Foundation and all who support its work, for bringing the arts alive for the children and youth of Middletown and our audiences. We are also thankful for the Community Foundation’s partnership with Connecticut Humanities in making youths’ voices heard.”

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:  Jeannette Archer-Simons at (860) 347-6143 ext. 101 or Jeannette@oddfellows.org

Mar 13, 2014

Oddfellows Teen Repertory Company Production


She Kills Monsters: A New Play for New Audiences

Oddfellows Playhouse, one of Connecticut’s premier youth theaters, is proud to present She Kills Monsters, a new play by Qui Nguyen.
Inspired by the classic game Dungeons and Dragons, the play tells the story of Agnes Evans, a popular high school cheerleader. Agnes’s younger sister Tilly is her opposite and a total embarrassment – a geeky, shy, awkward girl. When Tilly dies suddenly in a car accident, Agnes’s only tie to the sister she barely knew is a role-playing adventure game that Tilly had created herself. Agnes enters her sister’s fantasy world and learns about who her sister was – while fighting off the monsters, real and imaginary, that plagued Tilly’s short life.
 “Qui Nguyen has written a contemporary high school play – timely, theatrical, and super fun with an emotional heft that sneaks up on you,” says Kristen Palmer, the show’s director.
“The themes of loss, acceptance, questioning sexual identity, and escapism contained in this play make it a great jumping-off point for wider conversation and reflection on issues young people face every day.”
Palmer adds that the play isn’t only for the youth, though. “Teens, their parents, young adults and anyone who has ever sought refuge and meaning in a book, video game, or film will connect to this original story.”
Don’t miss the chance to see Oddfellows’ talented Teen Repertory Company bring this unique coming-of-age play to life.


Performance Dates: March 20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm and March 23 at 2pm
                ** Recommended for ages 12 and up **
Location: Oddfellows Playhouse 
               128 Washington St. 
               Middletown, CT 06457
Tickets: $18 for adults and $10 for seniors and students

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE or call 860.347.6143




Mar 12, 2014

Oddfellows Seeks Experienced Office Manager


Oddfellows youth theater needs a part time office manager (30 hours a week). Experience in general administrative duties, managing social media, press releases, marketing, and website updates required. Must have experience with databases and spreadsheets. Must be able to multi-task and respond to walk ins and phone calls and direct the work of interns. Hours can be flexible but will include some evenings and weekends supporting classes and productions. Preferred Bachelors in Communications or Marketing or 5 years of business experience. Accounting experience a plus. Experience in an arts or education setting a plus.

Essential Job Functions:
Development
- Customer Service
- Front line customer relations for phone and in person inquiries
- Registration and Data
- Provide information and follow up to programmatic and administrative inquiries
Information Systems
- Maintain donor and participant databases with accurate, current information
- Maintain email system with current information
- Create segmented e-mail lists for communication
- Monitor website for accuracy and communicate with host to make edits and keep updated
Program
- Provide programmatic support to Artistic Director
- Data entry for registration process
- Create programmatic flyers, recruitment materials as required
- Track program statistics and measurable outcomes and create monthly reports
Producing
- Create playbill for each main stage and special event performance
- Secure Front of House volunteer staff for performances
- Manage playbill ad process
- Manage box office/reservation system and create efficiencies
Marketing/PR/Communications
- Populate online event listings
- Populate blogs and social media updates
- Press Releases
- Donor relations/ Thank you notes
Administrative
- Manage inventory and keep office appropriately stocked
- Identify opportunities to increase the efficiency and organization of the team
- Assist Artistic Director with projects as assigned
- Manage work-study students and interns as needed
- Payment Processing

Please send resume, writing sample and cover letter to info@oddfellows.org
  
 
 
 

Mar 4, 2014

Women Take Center Stage…In Life…In Excelling…In Giving Back

Oddfellows Playhouse and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and its Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls are proud to host “Women Take Center Stage.” Playwright Liz Duffy Adams and Oddfellow’s Artistic Director Kristen Palmer will lead an insightful discussion about the power of Women in the Arts. In celebrating National Women’s History Month we will focus on the importance of the Arts in our communities. The Arts provide opportunities of leadership, empowerment, independence and collaboration. Join us as two extraordinary women take the stage to share their experiences as leaders in the arts.

Liz Duffy Adams is an American playwright whose plays have been produced in theaters throughout the country. Adams is a New Dramatists alumna and received various awards in fellowships, including a Women of Achievement Award. Her original play Buccaneers will have its East Coast premier at Oddfellows Playhouse on April 4th.
 
Kristen Palmer is the Artistic Director at Oddfellows Playhouse. She has designed and implemented arts programs with many organizations, engaging students in their own creative processes. A playwright herself, her plays have been seen on stages from New York to Seattle.

Oddfellows Playhouse mission is to build essential life skills through the performing arts.  It 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, with live productions, classes, circus and community theater that annually serves over 600 young people and audiences in the thousands.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County.  Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making and multiple programs to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 1,100 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities,  environmental improvements, and for health and human services. Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a permanent fund supporting grants to organizations that empower Middlesex County women and girls to be self-reliant and reach their potential. We welcome conversations with good people who want to do great things.  For more information, visit CFMC at www.MiddlesexCountyCF.org, contact us at 860.347.0025 and info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org, and follow us at www.facebook.com/CommunityFoundationMC.

 
For reservations to the event on March 11, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm  please email Bessie@oddfellows.org or call (860) 347.6143.


For  more information contact:
Jeannette Archer-Simons
Interim Executive Director
860-347-6143 x 101 or 203-671-9773 (c)

 

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