Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Connecticut Arts Connections


Kevin Bacon will star in Hartford Stage's production of Rear window, directed by Darko Tresnjak.

OCT. 22 – NOV, 15
Adapted for the Stage by Keith Reddin
Based upon the Story “Rear Window”
by Cornell Woolrich

Bacon is a Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, whose films include "A Few Good Men," "Apollo 13," "Footloose," and "Murder in the First." His theater credits include Forty Deuce (OBIE Award), Spike Heels, and the Broadway productions of Slab Boys and An Almost Holy Picture.


The Palace Theater in Waterbury is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing individuals to volunteer as tour guides as part of the theater’s Ambassadors program. The venue’s historical backstage tours have grown in popularity over the past year and more tour guides are needed to meet the demand. Recruitment meetings for the program will be held at the theater, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 31, at 5:30p.m.

The Palace Theater Ambassadors are a specially trained group of engaging volunteers well versed in the theater’s history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. On the first Friday of every month and on select weekend and weekdays throughout the year, the theater’s tour guides work as a team to facilitate guided tours of the historic venue to members of the public. Tours are conducted at various times throughout the week, but primarily in the daytime and afternoon hours.

Volunteers interested in participating in the program must be at least 18 years of age and have good public speaking and people skills, in addition to being physically able to move with ease on a walking tour that includes stairs. In addition to speaking in front of large groups, the ability to thinking on one’s feet is also a valuable asset. Volunteer hours are flexible based on tour schedules and the individual’s availability, but each shift requires a minimum two-hour time commitment on average.

Individuals interested in joining the Ambassadors program are asked to sign-up for one of the informational meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 24 or Monday, Aug. 31, by contacting Palace Marketing Associate Brian Kimmey at 203.346.2012 or kimmey@palacetheaterct.org. After the initial meeting, those interested in becoming a tour guide will be required to attend subsequent training sessions prior to becoming an official Palace Ambassador.


Playhouse on Park continues its adult education program with Advanced Improv class beginning Monday, Sept,  21.
Under the instruction of Claire Zick, Advanced Improv aims to hone the skills of the more experienced improviser through exploring narrative. Participants can expect to address both their strengths and areas that need improvement over the course of nine weeks. The focus will be on long-form improv, including the Harold structure made popular by Chicago’s iO Theater and the Upright Citizens Brigade.  
Prerequisites include Intermediate Improvisation, as students will be expected to sustain a more complex narrative using skills learned in previous classes, or otherwise permitted by instructor.
Adult Advanced Improv will accommodate up to 12 students, ages 18 and older. Each class meets at the Playhouse on Mondays from 7 to 10 pm. Adult Advanced Improv runs Sept. 21- Nov. 9, with a culminating class performance on Nov. 10. The 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. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford.

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