Tuesday
Nov222011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everybody-

have a safe and wonderful holiday!

 

The office will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th

Wednesday
Nov162011

New Britain Youth Theater Holiday Performance

NEW BRITAIN YOUTH THEATER TO PERFORM

“I’M GETTING NOTHIN’ FOR CHRISTMAS”

AT TRINITY-ON-MAIN PEFORMANCE CENTER

 

New Britain, CT – New Britain Youth Theater will produce the premiere of an original holiday play, I’m Getting Nothin’ for Christmas, on December 9, 10 and 11 at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain.

I’m Getting Nothin’ for Christmas tells the story of three children who get themselves on Santa’s naughty list, and it takes sneaking to the North Pole and the help of every good elf there to set things right and uncover a mischievous plot. The play, which includes familiar Christmas songs, was written by Connecticut playwright Denise Clapsaddle, author of last season’s A Children’s Christmas Carol based on the Dickens classic. The production will be directed by NBYT Executive Artistic Director David B. Sousa.

“This is a fun, fast-paced show where Year Without a Santa Claus meets Ocean’s Eleven in a children’s Christmas caper,” said Sousa, adding that the show stars children ages 6 through 14 and is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The large cast of forty-eight children has come together from New Britain, Berlin, Bristol, Farmington Hamden, Hartford, New Haven, Newington, North Haven, Plainville, Portland, Southington, Thomaston, Torrington, Watertown, Windsor and Woodbury. The production’s venue, Trinity-on-Main, was formerly Trinity United Methodist Church until 2000 when the building was nearly demolished. It is now a 300-seat performance space which was renovated last season with new seating and carpeting.

I’m Getting Nothin’ for Christmas will be performed at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children, students, and seniors. Special group rates are available for parties of ten or more. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through a link at www.nbyt.org.

For more information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org.

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About New Britain Youth Theater

New Britain Youth Theater was founded in 2010 to provide after-school programming to the Consolidated School District of New Britain, to produce a season of performances by and for children and young adults, and to offer classes and summer programs. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing general life skills through involvement in low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT maintains its administrative office at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain, and operates programs throughout Greater New Britain. New Britain Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Tuesday
Nov082011

"Tales of Hoffmann" Opera Review

MUSIC TRIUMPHS OVER NATURE AT TRINITY-ON-MAIN
 
by LARRY KELLUM
 
On Nov.4, Offenbach's final, greatest, and most serious opera 'TALES OF HOFFMANN' miraculously came to fruition at Trinity-on-Main after a devastating week of October snow and subsequent power failures and cast changes that plagued rehearsal schedules for this opening production from the Conn. Lyric Opera, now beginning its eighth season of bringing opera to New Britain and surrounding cities. But, as they say in the theater business, a disastrous rehearsal week means a spectacular opening night, and this was exactly the case on Nov.  4.
 
'HOFFMANN" is a bizarre, but gorgeous opera that revolves around the tales told by the titular character as he relives three tragic romances in his unhappy life. Offenbach (best known for his 'Can-Can" used in Shop-Rite commercials) never lived to see the success of this work, and thus, there are several versions of the piece circulating throughout today's opera world. Regardless of how it is presented, it requires a large cast and an opera company of stature to pull it off.
 
This  was a performance that can be labeled in the opera industry as an evening of deluxe casting. Deluxe casting can be defined as when established singers who are used to, and fully capable of, singing much longer and far more demanding roles appear onstage in shorter, less taxing parts that don't even tap half of their potential resources. Such was the case with three out of the five principals in this production. Jurate Svedaite (double duty as the prostitute Giulietta and the dying singer Antonia) is a great Tosca; Galina Ivannikova (the trouser role of Nicklausse) the newest Amneris in "Aida" on the international circuit; and Sarah Asmar (the doll Olympia with her own added high Fs when only high Es are called for) is an up-and-coming Lucia di Lammermoor. Patrons left the house wishing they could have heard so much more from all three.
 
That said,the evening ultimately still belonged to Michael Wade Lee in the title role. Looking and acting the part of the tormented poet to perfection, he poured out so much honey, cream and satin into the theater that this should, and could, be one of his greatest accomplishments to date, and end up becoming a signature role for this rising tenor star. Newsworthy headlines, however, were made when Jason Switzer flew in on a four day notice to replace an exiting bass-baritone  as the multiple villains who ruin Hoffmann's three romances in each scene. He may not have looked Satanic or ugly enough, but his huge, black, major league voice and tall, imposing presence earned his a glorious ovation at the final curtain. More  remarkable, he hadn't sung this opera in seven years and rose to the challenge like a trouper.
 
As is always the case with CLO productions, the orchestra of choice was the esteemed Conn. Virtuosi Chamber, conducted by Adrian Sylveen. To quote a Trinity employee, Sylveen goes into such a "zone" when he conducts, so vigorously and spiritually immersed in his craft is he that, occasionally, his forces will drown out the singers, but with musicianship of this caliber, this reporter says let 'er rip! Another feather in the CLO's cap is its recent collaboration with the Mystic Ballet, the final step in making an opera company complete.
 
For more information and tickets to future opera productions at Trinity, or the wonderful holiday concerts planned by the Virtuosi Orchestra, please visit ctlyricopera.org, www.thevirtuosi.org or call 860-229-2072.
Tuesday
Oct182011

Comedy postponed

The comedy show that was scheduled for Thursday, October 20th has been postponed until January 4th. If you have tickets please contact the box office at 860-229-2072 to make arrangements

Saturday
Oct152011

opera tickets on sale

opera tickets are now on sale!

 

November 4th @ 8pm, click here for more