Now Playing At CRT
Noises Off

June 15 - June 25, 2017

by Michael Frayn Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Perhaps the funniest comedy ever written, Noises Off, is a madcap hilarious farce.  A troupe of traveling actors rehearses a flop called Nothing’s On. The antics and intrigue on and offstage make chaos for the cast on the eve of opening night.  Doors will slam, love triangles will tangle and misplaced sardines create an uproarious, rollicking night of theatre in this play within a play.  Prepare yourself for nonstop laughs with this award-winning comic masterpiece!

The matinee on Saturday, June 24th at 2pm will be ASL interpreted.opkAJV1U

 

L to R: Led by Broadway’s Jennifer Cody and funnymen Steve Hayes and Michael Doherty!

DINE WITH DESIGN – TUESDAY JUNE 20 
Members of the design team will join guests for dinner and go behind the scenes of the design process for the show. Pre-dinner backstage tour included. Patrons who have tickets for another date can still purchase this event and they can go to the show on their originally scheduled date if they do not want to exchange into the Tuesday evening. The dinner buffet includes salad, entree and a meatless pasta option and dessert and coffee/tea.

Start Time: Tour will begin at 5:45pm with dinner at 6pm.
Location: The Jorgensen Gallery off the CRT Lobby
Cost: $25 per person
Limited to 20 patrons.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre Announces the Complete Cast of “Newsies”

STORRS: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for the final production of the Nutmeg Summer Series: Newsies with Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Tony Award-nominee Christopher d’Amboise will be both directing and choreographing this theatrical adaptation of the Disney movie. The cast stars Jim Schubin (Jack Kelly), Tyler Jones (Crutchie), Richard R. Henry (Joseph Pulitzer), and Tina Fabrique (Medda Larkin). Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.

Set in the heart of New York City, Newsies tells a fictionalized story inspired by the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899. Although rooted in the past, the show explores topical themes of social injustice, exploitive labor, and the true power the Davids of the world can wield against the Goliaths.

Director and choreographer Christopher d’Amboise has created numerous ballets for international companies alongside having written, directed, and choreographed The Studio. He began his career as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet. d’Amboise received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actor for his performance in the Broadway cast of Song and Dance.  He last choreographed My Fair Lady at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

d’Amboise said, “I grew up watching my father in movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and always wanted to direct a show full of lots of men dancing wildly.  Newsies is that show.  I am also attracted to the show’s themes of embracing alternative families and the romantic notion of loyalty to friends above personal gain.  Newsies is a coming of age story that we can all relate to while watching a bunch of men dancing their tails off!”

Winner of the 2016 Lotte Lenya Singing Competition Jim Schubin will make his CRT debut in the role of Jack Kelly. Schubin has previously been seen in the National Tour of Sound of Music,  and Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks,.  Regional credits include Cape Playhouse, Barrington Stage and West Virginia Public Theatre.  He also had a recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique will be appearing as the eccentric Medda Larkin on the CRT stage this summer. Fabrique won the 2016 Audelco Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical for The First Noel at the Apollo Theatre.  Broadway/Tour Credits: Ethel in Classical Theater of Harlem’s First Noel at the Apollo; Ella(Ella Fitzgerald-created role); RagtimeBring In Da NoiseDessa Rose;Harlem SongHow To Succeed…Gospel at Colonus; Best Little Whorehouse in TexasSouth PacificThe Wiz70 Girls 70Truly Blessed;Once on This Island;

Richard R. Henry returns to the CRT stage for the second time this summer as publishing titan Joseph Pulitzer. Henry has performed in several CRT shows, including 1776, Twelfth Night, The Sunshine Boys, and The Music Man.  He recently played Sam Bick in Yale Reptertory Theatre’s Assassins.

Tyler Jones will be appearing in the role of Crutchie in the Nutmeg Summer Series. Jones performed in the National Tour of Book of Mormon and was most recently seen at Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre in the world premiere of The Most Beautiful Room in New York by Adam Gopnik and David Shire.

The production team includes Christopher d’Amboise (Director/Choreographer), Kelly Crandall d’Amboise (Associate Choreographer), Tim Brown (Scenic Design), Fan Zheng (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Michael Vincent Skinner (Sound Design), John Parmalee (Technical Director), NDavid Williams (Music Director), Tom McDonough (Conductor) and Thomas Kosis (Production Stage Manager).

The cast will also include Aaron Bantum (Albert), Darren Brown (Scab 1/Citizen/Police), Will Bryant (Wiesel/Police/Mayor), Atticus Burello (Les), Jacob Burns (Specs/Jojo), Kent Coleman (Scab 2/Citizen/Stage Manager), Spencer Croy (Finch/Elmer), Brandon Engman (Mush/Buttons), Jamaal Fields-Green (Spot Conion/Citizen), Nate Healey (Governor Theodore Roosevelt/Nunzio/Police), Dharon Jones (Henry/Sniper), Tyler Jones (Crutchie), Noah Kieserman (Davey), Simon Longnight (Romeo/Tommy Boy), Aidan Marchetti (Seit/Jacobi), Kalob Martinez (Snyder), Cullen Ries (Oscar Delancey), Alyssa Sarnoff (Hannah/Nun/Dancer/Citizen), Paige Smith (Katherine Plumber), Tuck Sweeney (Race), Andy Viviano (Morris Delancey), and Jane Zogbi (Nun/Dancer/Citizen).

Performance and Ticket Information

Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $99. Single tickets prices range from $12 to $55.

Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. To purchase tickets online,visit www.crt.uconn.edu. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets are now on sale.

The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.

CONNECTICUT REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM FOR “NOISES OFF”

STORRS: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for their second Summer Nutmeg Series production Noises Off by Michael Frayn onstage June 15-25, 2017. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.

L to R: Michael Doherty, Steve Hayes and Jennifer Cody

Vincent J. Cardinal returns to the Nutmeg Summer Series after previously serving as CRT’s Artistic Director and Dramatic Arts Department Head at UConn. Cardinal departed CRT for his current position as the Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor and Chair of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan.

Broadway veteran Jennifer Cody (Shrek the Musical, Urinetown, The Pajama Game) will make her CRT debut in the role of Dotty Otley on the CRT stage. Aside from her Broadway and regional theatre credits, Cody has voiced many movies and shows including Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in the role of Charlotte La Bouff, for which she won an Annie Award for Outstanding Voice Acting in a Feature Production.

Barrymore Award-winner Michael Doherty will be performing in the role of Tim Allgood, He recently closed the acclaimed Hand to God at Berkley Repertory Theatre. Last season, Doherty made his CRT debut in a hilarious turn as the “mustachioed” pirate Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Noises Off is a madcap hilarious farce following a troupe of traveling actors as they rehearse a flop called Nothing’s On. The antics and intrigue on and offstage make chaos for the cast on the eve of opening night. Doors will slam, love triangles will twist, and misplaced sardines will create an uproarious, rollicking night of theatre.

CRT favorite John Bixler, who will appear in the role of Lloyd Dallas, has appeared in CRT’s How To Succeed…, The Music Man and Man of La Mancha. CRT favorite Steve Hayes returns to the CRT stage in the role of Selsdon Mowbray. Hayes previously appeared at CRT in How to Succeed…,Xanadu, Gypsy and Seussical the Musical. Alongside his successful YouTube series Tired Old Queen at the Movies, Hayes has starred in several films including Trick and The Big Gay Musical.

The cast also includes Curtis Longfellow (Garry Lejeune) and Arlene (Belinda Blairz), Gavin McNicholl (Frederick Fellowes), Jayne Ng (Brooke Ashton), and Grace Allyn (Poppy Norton-Taylor).

The production team includes Vincent J. Cardinal (Director), Tim Brown (Scenic Design), Christina Bullard (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Michael Vincent Skinner (Sound Design), John Parmalee (Technical Director), and Victoria Whooper (Production Stage Manager).

Performance and Ticket Information

Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $99. Single tickets prices range from $12 to $55.

Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. To purchase tickets online, visit www.crt.uconn.edu. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets are now on sale.

The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.

 

CONNECTICUT REPERTORY THEATRE OFFERS AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES THIS SUMMER

CRT partners with UConn’s Center for Student with Disabilities to provide sign language interpretation during select performances of 1776Noises Off, and Disney’s Newsies.

STORRS: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces that each show of its 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series, 1776, Noises Off, and Disney’s Newsies, will have performances interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) through a partnership with the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services (UCIS), a division of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). ASL interpreted performances will take place during the Saturday matinee performances on June 10 (1776), June 24 (Noises Off), and July 15th (Disney’s Newsies).

Nutmeg Summer Series’ Executive Producer Matthew J. Pugliese says, “We are very happy that we can offer the ASL interpreted performances this summer. We want all the members of our community to be able enjoy the theatre. This is a step to that make that possible.”

Donna M. Korbel, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities, says, “The Center for Students with Disabilities, through UCIS, is pleased to partner with CRT to offer this public accessibility initiative to enhance our inclusive and accessible environment for the larger UConn community.”

Ticket prices range from $45 to $55 dollars, with student and senior discount available. To purchase tickets for the ASL interpreted performances by phone, call 860.486.2113. For additional information, visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Nutmeg Summer Series has been an integral part of the eastern Connecticut community in different forms for 68 years. While still producing well-loved classics, the theatre remains steadfast in its endeavor to keep current and bring the joy of the stage to as many people as possible.

The first show of the series, 1776 (June 1 – 10), with book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, reignites the passion of the American Revolution through song and dance. The show features Broadway Veterans Jamie LaVerdiere (John Adams) and Gaelen Gilliand (Abigail Adams), Adam Harrington (John Dickinson), and UConn alum Richard R. Henry (Benjamin Franklin), all under the direction of three-time Tony Award Nominee Terence Mann.

Michael Frayn’s hilarious farce, Noises Off (June 15 – 25), the second show of the Summer, follows a chaotic troupe of actors in their quest to put on a play and the mayhem that ensues both onstage and off. Former CRT Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal returns this summer to bring this comedy to life with cast members including Jennifer Cody of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Broadway’s Urinetown, Shrek the Musical,  Steve Hayes (Selsdon Mowbray), Michael Doherty (Tim Allgood), and John Bixler (Lloyd Dallas).

The Summer Series will close with the high-octane, dance filled musical Disney’s Newsies (July 6 – 16). This theatrical adaptation follows Jack Kelley and his fellow newsboys in a David versus Goliath-type battle for better wages. Under the direction of Tony-Award Nominee Christopher d’Amboise, the spirit of the strike will be brought to life, featuring performers such as Richard Henry (Joseph Pulitzer), Tyler Jones (Crutchie), and Jim Schubin (Jack Kelly).

Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. Single ticket prices range from $45 to $55 dollars with $12 student tickets and senior discounts. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. To purchase tickets online,visit www.crt.uconn.edu.  All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets are now on sale.

The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut.

CRT’s Community Partners for the Nutmeg Summer Series include Savings Institute Bank and Trust, Dog Lane Café, The Fitch House Bed and Breakfast, Mansfield Downtown Partnership and XL Color.

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Connecticut Repertory Theatre

CRT, part of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT stages an array of the best in theatre, from classic plays and musicals to premieres of the latest contemporary work, featuring some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals on stage with the department’s most promising students. The synergy between professionals and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.