Sherlock, Gershwin, 'Threads,' 'Fox,' mystery walk
goes on ‘radio’
MILFORD >> East Haddam Stage Company will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band,” using the original October 1930 radio script.
The free, one-hour show will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
William Gillette, who created the character of Sherlock Holmes for the stage in 1899, wrote the script.
It will include a sound effects table and four actors portraying seven characters.
There will be a 15-minute introduction by producing artistic director Kandie Carle, who will touch on mid-20th century radio shows in general, and the discovery of the script, along with details of the production for Gillette Castle State Park.
Carle will be followed by a 30-minute “show,” in which the attendees become the “studio audience.”
‘Voices from the Attic’
author in Milford
MILFORD >> Imagine clearing out your family attic in Pittsburgh and being surprised to discover an enormous collection of letters written during the Civil War by two Vermont soldiers. That is what happened to Carleton Young, author of “Voices from the Attic.”
Young will discuss his findings and the importance of the letters at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
His book tells the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek.
Copies of his book will be available for sale and for signing.
Pair will give voice
to Gershwin music
ORANGE >> “An Afternoon with the Gershwins” will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
Step back in time and revisit the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s, personified by the Gershwin brothers who helped to give a musical voice to the time.
Julie Harris will recount the lives of the brothers with her songs and narration, accompanied by Stephen Roane on guitar.
Free. RSVP: 203-891-2170.
‘Threads’ has local cast of 22
ORANGE >> The Orange Players will present the original musical “Threads,” based on the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” in November.
“Threads” has a local cast of 22.
It was written by Marian Drobish, Pat Miller and Linda Sobolewski, with original music by Ann Diers and additional music by Brad Blake. It is produced by Joan Stenner, Peg Meisenhelder and Halina Slawsky. Director is Pat Miller and Musical Director is Jim Teti.
“Threads” takes place in the Kingdom of Vogueland, whose emperor is focused on being the best dressed monarch in the universe. There are lords and ladies, knights, designers, jesters. Songs include ”I Have a Passion for Fashion,” “Threads,” and “The Funky Dragon.”
Cast members are Jen Berlin, Shannon Riccio, Cyndi Consoli, Ken Briodagh, Vicki Blake, Halina Slawsky, Mallie Massaro, Stan Alpert, Bruce Spiewak, Linda Martin, Emma McCarson, Ned Martin, Tony Enright, Alburt Burton, Paul Templeton, Bruce Murray, Carli Taylor Harlow, Matt Harlow, Brittany Homas, Thomas Homas, Florine Rochambeau and Mary Alice Augur.
Many of the actors have appeared previously with the Orange Players, Center Stage, the Ivoryton Playhouse and the Ansonia Renaissance Faire.
“Threads” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at High Plains Community Center auditorium, 525 Orange Center Raod. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for adults. To reserve, call the Orange Players box office at 475-227-7547.
‘Fox on the Fairway’
at Eastbound Theatre
MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, will present the first show of its 23rd season, the farce, “The Fox on the Fairway,” by Ken Ludwig.
The production will run through Oct. 16 at the Milford Center for Arts, Railroad Avenue South, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Ludwig is an American playwright known for his whimsical comedies, which include the Tony Award winner “Lend Me A Tenor,” the musical “Crazy For You,” which won a Tony for Best Musical, and his work “An American in Paris,” which was recently revived on Broadway and received three Tony awards in 2015.
Directed by Kevin Pelkey, “The Fox on the Fairway” is full of mistaken identities, romantic shenanigans and characters, thus paying homage to the genre of the classic farce.
The plot revolves around the approaching annual inter-club golf tournament between the Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel Country Clubs, and the club members, who will do anything and everything to win.
“I love the challenge of directing a farce — the timing and innuendo that go along with it’ Pelkey said.
“Ken Ludwig writes some of my favorite shows, so I knew ‘Fox on the Fairway’ would be a great piece to stage, and it does not disappoint. It also does not hurt to have such a talented cast to make it really funny,” Pelkey said.
The cast is Barry Hatrick of Milford, Margie Johnson of Milford, Brian Riley of New Haven, Sarah Springer of Fairfield, Kiel Stango of Waterbury, and Cecelia Kurachi Ube of Cheshire.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors and students and $16 for MAC members. Go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647 to purchase tickets. This play contains adult language and situations.
For more information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.
watercolors in show
ORANGE >> The Art in the Library exhibit at Case Memorial Library, Tyler City Road, is metal, concrete, glass, and clay sculpture, acrylics and watercolors by Verne Michel Gill, Joanne Panne-Gill and Terry Russo.
It is on view through Oct. 29.
Info: www.casememoriallibrary.org, 203-891-2170.
Open Mic Nites at arts center
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites every second Wednesday 7-10 p.m. through May 10.
Registration starts at 6 p.m.
They are open to performing arts: singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians.
There is a audience fee of $5; performer admission is free.
Events are held at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. For more information, call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.
Library has passes
for Long Wharf
WOODBRIDGE >> Passes for two free tickets to a show a Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, are available at the Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
The passes are available just in time for the opening of the Steve Martin show “Meteor Shower.” They provide free admittance for two to any one show at Long Wharf.
• The show date and time must be selected when the pass is picked up.
• Patrons can pick up a pass for any performance during a show’s run once the show has started.
• Patrons can only use one pass per show. Passes can only be reserved and given out in person. Once a patron has taken out a pass for a show, the dates cannot be switched or changed.
• Patrons must call Long Wharf once they have received a pass to confirm their seats. Long Wharf grants seats pending availability.
Call the library Adult Services Desk with any questions 203-389-3434.
Library, theater collaborate
to star in 9 plays
NEW HAVEN >> Longtime professional acting duo Allan Zeller and Kimberly Squires of Milford, will perform their two-person show, “Zeller & Squires — Delightful Differences: An Evening of One-Act Plays,” at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Ave.
Opening weekend is 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, followed by two weekends Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12.
The husband and wife team will take on a total of nine plays, 18 characters and multiple costume changes, all, in less than two hours.
There will be cabaret-style seating, with refreshments available for purchase.
The nine short plays include “Little Sins” by Susan Cinoman, which details a sexually charged encounter between married friends that goes awry when their children become the focus of their differences; “A Medical Breakthrough” by Fred Stroppel, which is about a man who looks for help at the proctologist office and finds out his doctor is a woman; and “Baroque Dating Service” by Rosemary Foley that finds two music lovers discovering that opposites do and don’t attract.
Cathy Szabo on vocals and P.J. Letersky on keyboard will entertain before the show.
For tickets, which are $25, contact www.lyrichallnewhaven.com, 203-389-8885.
to present plays
MILFORD >> Arts in CT Corp., part of a group of companies, including the Performing Arts Academy of CT, has opened at 64 Ridge St.
Founded by Barbara Alexander, Arts in CT is a nonprofit artist agency, offering 65 programs presented by professionals and specialists in various artistic fields for such venues as day cares, senior centers, after-school programs, restaurants, local paint nights. Scholarships are available.
Performers are sought for three productions later this year: the Tiny Tot Theater’s “101 Dalmatians,” ages 2-7; the Children’s Theater’s “Shrek, Jr.,” ages 5-15; and Teen Theater, “Legally Blonde, Jr.” ages 13-18.
Classes are taught by local instructors and professional artists. Virtual lessons via Skype, FaceTime, and more are also available.
MILFORD >> The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography.
Meetings take place at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May.
For information, go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058. Visitors and members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
sought at center
MILFORD >> Linda Whittaker, Milford Senior Center music teacher, is seeking band members.
Clarinets, flutes, brass players and strings are sought. The center has several instruments that have been donated for seniors to use for free. People who have an old instrument that is not being used and you would like to play again may call 203-877-2134. Most of the music is level 2 and is not too difficult to play. The band meets 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the center’s Band Room, 9 Jepson Drive. There are several daytime performances during the year. A book of music will be put together for those interested. Call early, so the book of music will be ready.
► Arts in CT Presents Give Back 2016MILFORD >> The nonprofit Arts in CT Corp. will be organizing a charity event for the holidays: Give Back 2016. Arts in CT aims to provide assistance to needy families and individuals throughout the year. This year the nonprofit will help foster care families in Milford for Thanksgiving. Money will be raised to fund a theatrical production of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” that will star these children, as well as raise money to help feed their families and buy them gifts for the holidays. The cost of participation in the production is $100 for eight weeks. The organization’s mission is to provide children of all socioeconomic levels affordable, professional training with experts in theater on an even playing field. However, the cost for each child is $400. Arts in CT’s resources are dependent on donors to continue to provide these services to children.To help out, participants may sponsor a child in the show for $400, or sponsor a family of four for $250. Give Back 2016 will take place 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 at 64 Ridge St. For information, contact 203-936-8567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ◄ ► ◄ ► ◄
MILFORD >> It’s a blend of macabre and Milford history, and there’s a mile-plus walk included in the scary deal.
Spirit of Milford Ghost Walks are led each weekend, through Nov. 5, so you don’t have to wait until Halloween time.
The lantern-lit walk through downtown features — just for fun — some of the tools ghost-hunters use (dowsing rods, etc.) to investigate haunted locations. Walkers also get the chance to test out their own psychic abilities. The tours are appropriate for all ages and the walk covers about 1.15 miles at a leisurely pace.
Friday and Saturday walks begin at 8 p.m. now, and at 7 p.m. in the fall at the Hotchkiss Bridge, which connects Fowler Field to Factory Lane. Space is limited and advance tickets are recommended. See spiritsofmilford.com.
Woodbridge seeks photo submissions
WOODBRIDGE >> The town is calling for photo submissions to be used in various media including social media, the town website and printed materials.
“I want our town communication vehicles to be as beautiful as our town,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
“This call for photographs ties in to my priority to improve communications and build community by recognizing some of our talented residents,” she said.
Submit a favorite high resolution digital photograph — vertical or horizontal — to Betsy Yagla at email@example.com.
Photos may be of any Woodbridge location in any season. If people appear in the photo, photographers must include their permission to be represented for this purpose.
When practical, photos that are published will be credited with the photographer’s name. Identify the location of a submission and how the name should appear if a photo is used.