Sister Cities Sing

Sunday, December 18th at Stratford Library

Benefit for Sterling House Community Center Food Pantry

Internationally Acclaimed Sister Cities Chorus will be preforming at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th in the Lovell Room at the Stratford Library.

Founded by Hugh Catalano and conducted by Wooster Middle School music teacher, Lynn McGilvary, the chorus debuted locally in the spring of 1992.  The group traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK, and to Stratford, Ontario in the summer of 1993.  From 1996 until 2012, Dr.  Joe Utterback, Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church, was the chorus’ director.  The baton was then passed to Jeffrey Leinen, Director of Choirs and Theatre Arts at Stratford Board of Education, who currently holds the position.

The volunteer chorus will be singing holiday classics.

Admission is Free! Donations of a non-perishable food good or cash will be accepted for Sterling House.

Advent Concerts

First Church Stratford
Wednesday, November 30th at 3 p.m.

Weekly mini Advent concerts starting this Wednesday at First Church Stratford, will be featuring pianist and organist Dr. Joe Utterback.

The concerts will be held in the church sanctuary, 2301 Main Street. The first concert is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 30th. Additional concerts are at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 7th, 14th  and 21st.

There is no admission fee. Come and enjoy the wonderful music of the season!

For more information about the concert series and other church events, please visit firstchurchstratford.org.

“Hoover-Palooza Festival”

Popular Author to be Celebrated on December 1st

Lovell Room at 6:30 p.m.
Stratford Library

 

The Stratford Library Reference Department will host “Hoover-Palooza a celebration of the books by the uber-popular author, Colleen Hoover, on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 pm.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held live in the Library’s Lovell Room.

Colleen Hoover is an American author of romance and young adult fiction. She is best known for her 2016 romance novel It Ends with Us. Many of her works were self-published before being picked up by a publishing house and, as of October 2022, Hoover has sold more than 20 million books.  These include Verity, Ugly Love, It Starts With Us and All Your Perfects among many others.  She currently has three titles on the top of the New York Times Bestseller List.

At the Stratford Library event there will be book giveaways, games, prizes, snacks, hot cocoa and much more.

For further information about “Hoover-Palooza” and to register for the event, call the Stratford Library Reference Department at 203.385.4164 or visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/9741818?fbclid=IwAR3TZmc7Mjc4xWMKDeCxYfeW3HQJoaXXVQsSLf07VPQFwtc0BLMfMV5Yxy8.

Stratford Talented Musicians Featured in Variety of Venues!

Music For All For Free

Light Opera Company presents Innocent Merriment, A Concert of Gilbert & Sullivan Favorites.  Stratford resident Maribeth Johnson is part of the Ladies Chorus.

Saturday, November 19th, at 3:00 p.m. St. Paul’s Church, Riverside, CT

Admission by donation at the Door

Come enjoy favorite songs from The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Patience, The Gondoliers, Princess Ida, The Sorcerer, Ruddigore, Iolanthe, and The Pirates of Penzance!

Coastal Mix Holiday Concert Stratford Community Concert Band

Stratford Community Concert Band will be holding holiday concerts on Sunday December 4th at 1:00 at the Milford Senior Center and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 6th at the Baldwin Center.  The concerts are free.

Coastal Mix Barbershop Chorus Annual Holiday Concert

Friday, December 9th, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road, Trumbull at 7:00 p.m.

Hear Jim Farrell, Geralene Valentine, Marybeth Johnson, Steve Fians, & Jennifer Volturno under the direction of Director Christopher Hope to see you there!

Play It Again Square One: “The Dining Room”

Stratford Library
Tuesday, November 28th at Noon
Lovell Room

The Friends of Square One Theatre, in conjunction with the Stratford Library, will continue the 17th season of its popular three-part series, “Play It Again, Square One”, on Tuesday, November 28th beginning at noon.  The drama discussion series looks at recent productions by Stratford’s Square One Theatre Company and offers patrons the opportunity to explore and discuss aspects of the play they saw.

According to Friends President Carole Fanslow, the program continues to fill a void for theatergoers:  “This series has proved to be a great success.  We are grateful to Tom Holehan, the actors and the Stratford Library for helping us to bring this unique program to our members and the theatergoing public.”

For the November 28th session, Square One Artistic Director Tom Holehan, General Manager Richard Pheneger, and cast members Lillian Garcia, Danielle Sultini and David Victor will lead a discussion of the theatre’s recent, critically acclaimed play, “The Dining Room”.  A.R. Gurney’s classic comedy looks at WASP family life covering over 50 years with a jaundiced, critical and often loving eye.  The late playwright resided in Connecticut for most of his life.

“Play It Again, Square One” will begin at noon on November 28th in the Library’s Lovell Room.  It is free and open to the public.  Coffee and tea will be served.   The series will conclude in March 2023 with a discussion of John Pielmeier’s drama, “Agnes of God”.

For further information, call the Stratford Library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

Library Celebrates it’s 125th Anniversary with a Film Festival!

All films will be shown uncut and on widescreen.

Monday November 14th thru Friday November 18th
All films start a 12 noon daily in the Lovell Room.

The Stratford Library continues its 125th anniversary celebration with a special week of classic films set in or around the anniversary year 1896 with the “125th Anniversary Film Festival” set for November 14-18 at 12 noon daily.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the Stratford Library Lovell Room.

Schedule

Monday, November 14th, Noon: “Citizen Kane”  Orson Welles’s epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film. Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton star in this 1941 classic

Tuesday, November 15th: “Charley’s Aunt”  Victorian-era Oxford students Charley Wykeham (Richard Haydn) and Jack Chesney (James Ellison) recruit their wealthy playboy friend, Lord Fancourt Babberly (Jack Benny), to impersonate Charley’s Brazilian aunt, Donna Lucia, to chaperone a double date the pair have planned.  An uproarious farce from 1941 based on Brandon Thomas’ 1893 comedy of the same name.

Wednesday, November 16th: “Wilde” Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) is a married writer who has occasionally indulged his weakness for male suitors. After much toil, Wilde debuts a stage comedy in London, and a chat at the theater with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Jude Law) leads to a full-on romance. Wilde ends up in a legal dispute with Lord Alfred’s father, the Marquess of Queensberry (Tom Wilkinson) and, given the anti-gay local laws, is sent to jail. Wilde’s vast intellect helps him survive until he regains his freedom.

Thursday, November 17th: “Hello, Dolly” In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune), who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames).  This brash musical is based on one of the most popular Broadway hits of all time.  Score includes “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “Elegance” and the title tune.

November 18: “Ragtime” A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow’s novel evokes life in pre-World War I in New York City. A wealthy white family finds a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), returns for his woman and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and Walker demands retribution.  Elizabeth McGovern and James Cagney star in this Oscar nominated 1981 film.

Movies in the “125th Anniversary Film Festival” are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.

For further information, call the Library at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Still Vignettes”

Art Exhibit at Stratford Library

Oils by Stratford’s Ellen Thees
On Display During November and December

An exhibit of original oil paintings by Stratford artist Ellen Thees is on display at the Stratford Library through December.  The exhibit, entitled “Still Vignettes”, is free and open to the public.

Ellen Thees creates big and colorful still life oil paintings.  She renders objects at least double their actual size to highlight the wonder and beauty of the everyday.  The work has a clear sense of depth with elements of abstraction and surrealism.

Thees started teaching herself oil painting in her early twenties and painted for several years before focusing on building a career and earning a degree. The more Thees played with paints, the more she learned and the more excited she became. After a concussion from a car accident left her unable to continue the highly analytical work she enjoyed, she reluctantly retired.  Ellen then began painting every day, developing her style.

Thee calls the exhibit “Still Vignettes,” because many of the works suggest little stories about the personalities and relationships of the inanimate objects. Her paintings are mostly two to three feet wide. Thees lives in Stratford with her husband of 48 years and their cat.  Her artwork has been exhibited several times at the Milford Art Council’s galleries and she will be exhibiting at the Oxford Baking Company in February.

Viewing hours for “Still Vignettes” are:

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

The display is located in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library.  For further information, call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385-4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org

See Our Town Through The Eyes of Artists

Arts Alliance of Stratford Art Exhibit

Open Door Tea Room, 3552 Main Street
Saturday, November 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

During the Summer of 2022, artists answered the call to bring their paints and canvases to Longbrook Park, Boothe Memorial Park, and Shakespeare Park to create works of art on location.

Through these paintings, local artists show viewers scenes within each of

these beautiful Stratford parks that inspired them.

Join us at the opening reception. Light refreshments will be served. Beverages can be purchased at the counter.

The show runs from Tuesday, November 1st to Wednesday, November 30th.

Mandolins Music Reinvented

Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet
Saturday, November 12th from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church

The Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet (WMQ) will be performing in concert on Saturday, November 12th, from 7:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.  Admission: $15.00 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit in Stratford.

Whatever your preconceptions are about mandolin quartets, you will become more knowledgeable quickly. WMQ was founded at the turn of the century (um, the most-recent one) to apply the “quartetto classico” version of the mandolin quartet to a completely new repertoire of original compositions mixed up with Motown, TV themes, surf, O’Carolan Irish tunes, hard rock, traditional and Swedish… A common response is “I can’t believe you can play that on mandolins!”

The current, and founding, members of WMQ are:

Betsy Rome, Ellen Cohn, mandolin; Colin Healy, mandola; mandolin; and Gary Wikfors, mandocello.

They infuse their arrangements with a healthy dose of humor and especially appreciate it when audience members leap to their feet to “sing along” with their instrumentals!

There will be an intermission for light refreshments.  Spend an evening listening to joyful music at the                              Unitarian Universalist Church at 275 Huntington Road, Stratford.

Stratford’s Bruce Murray Featured in A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” 

Production is Square One Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season

comedy of manners featuring actors from Stratford, North Haven, New Haven,
Woodbridge, Milford and Fairfield.

Stratford’s Square One Theatre Company, which has been closed since March 2020, due to the pandemic, will reopen on Thursday, November 3rd with its production of The Dining Room featuring Stratford’s Bruce Murray.

Murray’s Square One Theatre stage credits include White Guy on the Bus and The Winslow Boy. Other theatre credits include: Moonlight and MagnoliasChapter Two, The Odd Couple (Eastbound Theatre) A Few Good Men (Nutmeg Actors Rep Theatre) A Few Good Men, The Man Who Came to Diner, 12 Angry Men, Requiem for a Heavyweight (Center Stage) Threads (Orange Players) West Side Story, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof (Youth Connection).

A.R. Gurney’s classic comedy, a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, takes place in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household. The Dining Room is a remarkable play of days long gone. Some audience members may not even remember the ‘good ol’ days’ when families sat down around a dining room table, talking, reminiscing and getting caught up on family news and events…no cell phones, no television, no internet, no distractions…just conversations around one table in each household.

According to Square One Theatre Artistic Director Tom Holehan, “We’re starting right where we left off two and half years ago when we were closed due to the pandemic. We want all of our subscribers and the general public to see this classic comedy.”

The Dining Room is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – but when taken together, the scenes create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Overall, it tells a story of the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress.

According to The New York Times “The Dining Room” is “funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving.” The New York Post describes Gurney’s play as “Hilarious and touching…as each comic sketch crazily succeeds another comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges.” Variety calls it “A thoughtful and superbly written comedy!”

Audiences and critics agree that “if you have the opportunity, go see six actors play over 30 characters. You’ll be treated to a range of humanity; an exploration of the traumas, joys and tensions of a wide variety of people taking place in ‘a dining room’ that manages to symbolize all of them.”

Directed by Tom Holehan (Stratford), The Dining Room features Bruce Murray (Stratford), Josie Kulp (North Haven), Ryan Hendrickson (New Haven), Lillian Garcia (Woodbridge), Danielle Sultini (Milford) and David Victor (Fairfield).

The first performance and ONLY Thursday performance of The Dining Room is scheduled on November 3rd at 7p.m.  All other performances continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, November 20th.

The Dining Room performance schedule:

Thursday, November 3rd at 7p.m. (ONLY)

Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 5th (two performances) at 4 p.m. (twilight matinee) AND 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 6 and 2 p.m.

                                                                                                                       

 

Friday, November 11th  at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 12th (two performances) at 4 p.m. (twilight matinee AND 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 13th at 2 p.m.

                                                                                                                    

Friday, November 18th at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 (two performances) at 4 p.m. (twilight matinee) AND 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 20th at 2 p.m.

 

Subscribers from 2020 should call the box office to re-schedule their tickets. Lost or misplaced subscription tickets will be checked against theatre data/records and available at the box office when requested.

Single Tickets are:

$22 for each adult single ticket

$20 for each senior citizen & students

$25 for each front row seat (limited availability)

Tickets may be purchased:

By phone: box office at 203.375.8778(24/7)

Online at: squareonetheatre.com

In person: at box office 60 minutes prior to each performance

By mail: self-addressed, stamped envelope & check payable to Square One Theatre sent to Administrative Office; 656 Longbrook Avenue, Stratford, Ct 06614-5117.

 

Stratford Academy is located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Ample FREE parking is available.

Stratford Academy is wheelchair accessible. Please inform the box office of any special needs when reserving tickets.

For more information, up-to-date news about the theatre, the play and the actors visit squareonetheatre.com