Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Connecticut Arts Connections

http://www.whitechristmasthemusical.com/

THE SHUBERT, NEW HAVEN
Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming to the Shubert Theatre in New Haven this holiday season Dec. 30, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.

White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song,

The show features music and lyrics by Berlin with book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

The show will star James Clow as “Bob Wallace,” Jeremy Benton as “Phil Davis,” Kristen Beth Williams as “Betty Haynes,” and Kaitlyn Davidson as “Judy Haynes.” Also featured are Conrad John Schuck as “General Waverly,” Pamela Myers as “Martha Watson,” Ryan Reilly as “Ralph Sheldrake,”Danny Gardner as “Mike Nulty,” Cliff Bemis as “Ezekiel Foster,” and Elizabeth Crawford and Ava DellaPietra as “Susan Waverly.”

This brand new production is produced by Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars. The creative team includes direction by Norb Joerder, choreography by Randy Skinner, scenic design by Anna Louizos, scenic supervision and adaptation by Kenneth Foy, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by
Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel.

Performances: Tuesday 7:30 pm, Wednesday (New Year’s Eve) 8 pm, Thursday (New Year’s Day) 1 pm Friday 2 and 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 and 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm.

Tickets: $15 – $110: shubert.com; 203-562-5666

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Pops! Series

HOLIDAY CIRQUE SPECTACULAR – With New Music!
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $20; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900; www.hartfordsymphony.org

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Shakespeare's Big Birthday Bash
A unique Elizabethan feast celebrating the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare. Spend a splendid Elizabethan evening at Hyatt Regency Greenwich with Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I imitators, an Elizabethan inspired feast menu served with complimentary wine, beer and ale, as well as a costumed dance troupe, strolling singers and festive décor. Ring in the New Year with a wide screen showing of the Times Square Ball drop. The evening will benefit NAMI Connecticut, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Tickets are $195 per person. RSVP to 203-356-9423.

PLAYHOUSE ON PARK
Playhouse on Park offers Introduction to Improvisation, for those who want to perform, improve their public speaking or try something new. This class will teach the basics of improvisational theater. Students will discover how to actively listen, to use their own lives to create stories, and to avoid common thought communication patterns. The lessons will focus on the fundamental principles of improvisation with emphasis on scene building skills and having fun. Claire Zick, a seasoned improvisational actress, instructs. She was an ensemble member of Unexpected Productions in Seattle and has studied improv at Magnet Theater and UCB Theatre.

Classes run on Mondays from Jan. 12 through March 2, 2015 from  7 to 10 pm. Registration is required; class size is limited to 14 students, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The class fee is $200. To register, visit the Education page at www.playhouseonpark.org, and download the registration form, or call 860-523-5900 x10 for more information.

And not too far from Connecticut....
BOSTON CAMERATA
To celebrate the group's 60th anniversary, the Camerata's Christmas concert features music from the early years of the American republic. The program includes music from a wide range of early tune books and manuscripts, a generous selection of carols, New England anthems, Southern folk hymns and religious ballads for the season.

Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8 pm
First Parish Church, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA
Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 pm
Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 pm
First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA

Featuring Anne Azéma, mezzo-soprano; Camila Parias, soprano; Deborah Rentz-Moore, alto; Dan Hershey, tenor, Taylor Ward, baritone; Joel Frederiksen, bass, guitar; Jesse Lepkoff, flutes, guitar  with Chris Belluscio, trumpet, cornet' Brian Kay, trombone; Steven Lundahl, trombone, baritone horn; Liza Malamut, trombone. http://bostoncamerata.org/tickets.html.

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