Monday, January 26, 2015

Connecticut Arts Connections

Info and tickets: 860-527-7838

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2015 Internship Program. This program allows students and graduates to have a hands-on experience working in a professional theatre.

Internships are available in the following departments: Performance, Administration, and Production. Interns generally work full-time, which is six days a week for a 10-week period. A $100 stipend is included. The start and end date is flexible: exact dates are determined by the intern's school schedule and other previous commitments. Performance interns must begin on or before May 19, 2015. Each intern is assigned a staff member as a mentor. That mentor is ultimately responsible for overseeing the intern's work, giving suggestions and guidance, and being available to answer questions. Each mentor will have a scheduled meeting with their intern at the midpoint and the end of their internship to review what is going well and where the intern needs to concentrate on improvement.

All applicants must be 18 years of age and must submit the following: a completed application form, a resume or CV, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and work samples for Costume, Stage Management, and Production positions (photocopies/digital images/DVDs encouraged). The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015. For more information, visit this webpage:

Explore nine decades of Palace Theater history and backstage mystique during the Waterbury performing art center’s upcoming guided tours scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 am to 12:15 pm.

Each Palace Theater tour is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and is led by a team of Palace Theater Ambassadors, a specially trained group of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, Poli Club and lobby spaces, patrons will also have the opportunity to walk across the stage, visit the star dressing rooms, and view the venue’s hidden, backstage murals -- artwork painted and signed on the theater walls by past performers and Broadway touring companies. Reservations are required in advance. Each tour is $5 per person and single tickets for individuals or groups of 10 or less can be purchased online at Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations. A special boxed lunch and tour package prepared by Riverhouse Catering is also available for groups of 15 or more and cost $17 per person. Reservations for the lunch package need to be made at least three days in advance of the desired tour date.

Event: Met in HD Encore:  Les Contes d’Hoffmann
The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach's operatic masterpiece, in the Met's wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines-each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann's desire.
Date: Tuesday, February 3
Time: 12:55 p.m.
Price: $25
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 877-503-1286

The Mark Twain House and Museum's "The Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series opens its spring lineup with a special program of readings and conversation on the subject of Mark Twain's international travels, presented by the curators of the upcoming exhibition, 'Travel Is Fatal to Prejudice': Mark Twain's Journeys Abroad.

The spring "Troubles" focus on Twain and travel, and on two women who have been romantically linked with Twain - one before his marriage to his beloved Livy, and another after her death. (The tale of his early courtship will in fact be breaking news: The indefatigable Twain scholar Kevin Mac Donnell of Austin, TX has discovered hitherto-unknown evidence of this relationship.)

Other travel-themed Troubles will include an exploration of Twain, travel and prejudice, and the story of his encounter with a group of Americans from a failed utopian project in what is now Israel.

February's program, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 pm (following a 5 pm reception) will be led by Interim Chief Curator Mallory Howard and Guest Curator Dr. Kerry A. Driscoll. Steve Courtney, Interim Curatorial Assistant and organizer of the Trouble Begins series, will also cause Trouble.

The 'Travel Is Fatal to Prejudice' exhibit will open with a special free reception on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 pm.

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Lauren Yarger with playwright Alfred Uhry at the Mark Twain House. Photo: Jacques Lamarre)

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