‘Shrek’ in Bethany, crime author, dulcimer fest
BETHANY >> The Spartan Players will present “Shrek The Musical, Jr.,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4, 5 at Amity Middle School Bethany Campus, 190 Luke Hill Road.
The play shows a fairy tale world with a cast of characters, including Shrek, Donkey and Fiona, who try to gain back their land from the evil Lord Farquaad.
The Squarefoot Theatre Company’s Patrick Laffin has teamed up with Amity staff member Keith Smolinski to bring the show to the stage. Tickets are $8, $10, and are available at squarefoottheatre.tix.com or by calling the box office at 203-793-7383.
MILFORD >> Crime author M. William Phelps will speak and sign his new book, “If You Only Knew,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
Phelps is a creator, producer and writer on crime, murder and serial killers, and former host of the Investigation Discovery series “Dark Minds.”
He is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award and the 2008 New England Book Festival Award.
Phelps has made more than 100 television appearances and more than 100 other media appearances.
He has frequently appeared on two long-running series, “Deadly Women” and “Snapped.”
A journalist, Phelps has written for numerous publications, including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Courant, and consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable TV series “Dexter.”
He is a state resident.
Phelps has also written several history books, including the New York Times bestselling “Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy.”
MILFORD >> The 13th annual Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival will be held Oct. 28, 29 at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad St.
It starts at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, and runs all day Oct. 29. There will be more than 50 workshops for all levels of mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer players, vendors and two nightly concerts.
The Oct. 28 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the workshop leaders, plus Sue Carpenter on mountain dulcimer. Carpenter performs mostly fingerstyle and mostly on a four-string. She was the 2005 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. Originally from the Northeast, she lives in Texas.
The Oct. 29 concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature Carol Walker on mountain dulcimer and Karen Alley on hammered dulcimer.
Walker is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning music teacher, folklorist and author. Alley won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield in 2014.
Instructors include Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner), Cliff Cole, Sam Edelston, Ron Ewing, Rudy Gabrielson, George Haggerty, Deb Justice, Dian Killian, Tom MacKenzie, Samantha Moffatt, Susan Trump, Jon Weinberg and Nina Zanetti.
The festival, including concerts, is $72 in advance, $79 at the door, $35 for students up to Grade 12.
Friday concert-only tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for students. Saturday concert tickets are $20 for adults; $10 students.
For details, go to www.nutmegdulcimer.com or call 203-661-0503.
MILFORD >> Nite Spot Nights presents Jeri Sager, “This Broad’s Way,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Doors open at 7:15.
The cabaret-style show is sponsored by the Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc.
Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She portrayed Grizabella in “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical.
She made her Broadway debut as Frumah-Sara, in the Tony Award-winning, 25th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The New York Times review of the production noted “When Fruma-Sara (Jeri Sager) scurries across the stage ... ‘Fiddler’ levitates.”
She has released three CDs: “Swing It Like Sammy,” “Regards ... Jeri,” and “Memory — A Special Live Performance.” She is working on the a fourth: “Broadway by Jeri Live!”
Recently, she finished filming “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester.
The Center for the Arts, Railroad Avenue South, will be set with tables and chairs inviting patrons to bring food and drink.
Tickets are $30 and available at www.milfordarts.org or by calling 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.
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.
MILFORD >> Nick Cutroneo will perform virtuoso works by Bach, Rodrigo, Giuliani, York, Dyens and Castelnuovo-Tedesco at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
His performance for the New England Guitar Society opens the International Guest Guitarist series. Cutroneo has toured throughout the United States and Italy and has premiered solo works by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Frank Wallace and Emmy Award winning composer Sean Pallatroni, in addition to a concerto written and dedicated to him by Dan Lis.
As a chamber musician, Cutroneo was a member of the New England Guitar Quartet, toured extensively with the violin guitar duo Tempo del Fuoco, and performed regularly with Blackledge Music Inc and the Northeast New Music Collective.
Cutroneo performs regularly at assisted-living facilities and public libraries and gives master classes and clinics at public schools with the goal of increasing the interest in the classical guitar by a new generation of Americans.
Cutroneo attended the Pre-College division at the Juilliard School of Music later earning degrees in classical guitar performance at the Hartt School of Music as a student of Richard Provost. At the same time he completed the Long Term Suzuki Pedagogy program studying with David Madsen.
Cutroneo is on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University and Manchester Community College. He plays a 2006 Alan H. Chapman extended lattice guitar and uses LaBella 2001 strings.
Tickets are $20, $15 MFAC members, $18 seniors, free for 15 or younger.
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.
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 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.
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.
On 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.
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.
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.
For more information or to sign up for a class, visit www.artsinct.org, or call 203-936-8567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Oct. 26 is a competition night with graveyards as assigned subject at 7 p.m. The Nov. 9 meeting will be on digital images and matted prints judged by area photographers.
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.
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.
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.
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.