Schedule

Sep
27
Fri
Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Herstory Theater will present Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say, a one-woman, costumed performance that brings to life the stories of women were accused of witchcraft in 17th-century Connecticut. An audience Q&A will follow.

Artist Bio

Actress and playwright Virginia Wolf founded Herstory Theater to produce three shows about little-known women in American history: Panic in Connecticut, Accused Witches Have Their Say; Katy Leary and Mark Twain; and Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive, about a 17th century woman held captive by Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe during King Philip’s War. Herstory Theater has since become a home for other projects about lesser-known women in history, including works written by other Connecticut playwrights and staged by ensemble casts.

The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The group will perform Bad Children, an entertaining and eclectic collection of music that uses original librettos by adults and children, and celebrated poetry, to explore the dark meanings behind some of the most popular children’s stories in history.

Artist Bio

The Bassless Trio is an innovative classical/contemporary chamber ensemble featuring world-class musicians who explore traditional and new music, untapped instrumentations and genres. The soprano voice of Lisa Williamson, cello of Cara Cheung and saxophone of Joshua Thomas combine in an unexpected way, bringing fun and thoughtful music to the stage.

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FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The 15 talented kids of FOCUS Teen Improv conjure stories out of thin air, using improvisational theater to spark a spontaneous, interactive relationship with their fellow performers as well as the audience. Structured improv games provide the foundation for a creative, fun and unpredictable afternoon of collaborative dramatic play.

Artist Bio

FOCUS Teen Improv is a group of Shoreline kids, ages 12-16, who study improvisational theater with Lara Morton, founder/director of Handful Productions of Madison. Lara is passionate about the power of theater to transform lives and has been working professionally in theater for more than 20 years.

Check out this promo for the group’s spring 2019 classes.

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Natya Mandala: Bharatanatyam Dance @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Natya Mandala: Bharatanatyam Dance @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Natya Mandala performs one of the oldest forms of traditional Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam. Its features intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and depictions of mythological stories and emotions that can transport the dancer and the viewer to temples and spiritual places far beyond their surroundings.

Artist Bio

Natya Mandala is an Indian classical dance awareness group that promotes traditional Indian dance forms through performance, shows, workshops and other events. Based on one of the oldest forms of Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam, its pieces range from purely abstract and rhythmic to devotional to dramatic to modern, with depictions of the divine in various forms. The troupe, led by dancer Smita Krishnaswami, is largely drawn from students, faculty, lab technicians and others at the Yale School of Medicine.

Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Event details to come!

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

From Ellington to madrigals to Sting, the Doobies and doo-wop, plus a dose of comedy and satire, this men’s a cappella singing group does it all—defying audiences’ preconceived ideas of what an a cappella show should be.

Artist Bio

The Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed, seven-member a cappella singing group based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s a genre-defying ensemble that, in spite of the fact that none of its members are professional musicians, placed second in the New York regionals of the national a cappella competition Harmony Sweepstakes. The members are Martin Brayboy, bass; Gary Schanzer, really low bass; John Carlson and Doug Rollins, baritones; and Charlie Dear, Peter Sachner and Dave Callahan, tenors. Each of them sang with one of the top collegiate a cappella groups, including the Princeton Tigertones, Amherst Zumbyes, Williams Ephlats, Trinity BMOC and New Hampshire Gentlemen. They’re talented, fun and unpredictable. And if you need a lawyer, orthodontist, financial planner, wealth manager, insurance policy, marketing plan or organic garden …

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Madison Lyric Stage: From Broadway to the Met @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Madison Lyric Stage co-founders Marc Deaton and John Johmann, plus members of the company’s Emerging Artists Program, will perform selections from the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Secret Garden, Pippin and Phantom of the Opera; from the operas Der Rosenkavalier, Pearlfishers and Madama Butterfly; and from the company’s upcoming October production of Hansel and Gretel.

  View or download From Broadway to the Met playbill

Artist Bio

Madison Lyric Stage is a professional theater company that presents high-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama. Founder and Artistic Director Marc Deaton is a producer, director, playwright, actor and tenor who has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. His performance in the title role of Tristan und Isolde, recorded with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra, was released by Centaur Records, as was his solo CD of excerpts from Wagner recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He has played key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story and the title role in Candide on leading stages in Europe. Past Madison Lyric Stage productions include A Little Night MusicAgnes of God, Blithe SpiritCompanyEvita, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, MacbethPeter GrimesSalome, The Glass Menagerie and The Turn of the Screw.  

The Guilford Green

Sep
28
Sat
The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Fifteen young acrobats and dancers will perform their latest routine.

Artist Bio

The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics & Co., is a training center in Guilford that teaches acrobatics, gymnastics, stunting, hip hop dance and more. Owner Danielle Scarpellino is a former competitive acrobat, cheerleading captain and coach, professional dancer and actress. Through the art of acrobatics, she inspires and encourages children of all ages and abilities.

See Scarpellino and some of her students and instructors in this 2018 clip from WNTH-TV’s CT Style.

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Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Watch, experience and taste this bread-making demonstration and conversation, while Smith bakes over an open fire and onlookers eat the results fresh from the flame. Conversations about bread and its place in history and culture extend the performance beyond the palette.

Artist Bio

Lexie Smith is a New York-based baker, writer and artist who utilizes bread as a way to explore culture and society. Smith believes bread is essential to a large slice of human experience, and that there is nothing more telling than the way people engage—or don’t engage—with bread. Her publishing platform, Bread on Earth, is a “bread web,” built to support the diverse dialogues that stem from our relationship to grain. Smith recently collaborated on Landing Pages, a two-month literary performance project in a defunct Hudson News at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She was named to the 2019 list of Forty under Forty by the New York Food Policy Center. Her writings and recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, and she has exhibited in galleries and conducted residencies around the world.

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Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Be the music in this all-ages workshop/class/celebration of rhythm, drumming and improvisation led by Peter Hawes, percussionist/teacher and team-building facilitator. We’ll use voice, body percussion, movement, drums and other instruments to make a joyous, heartfelt and synchronous racket on the Guilford Green—while learning about the rhythmic traditions and music of West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. Instruments provided; bring your own if you’d like. Drums and percussion instruments provided, or bring your own.

Artist Bio

Peter has studied West and North African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and central Asian drumming, as well as music improvisation, and is a certified Music for People teacher of improvisation as a mode of self-expression, creativity, communication and collaboration. A former member of Framework Percussion Ensemble, he’s led community drumming circles throughout the Northeast and facilitated drumming- and improvisation-based team-building programs for USAA Financial Services, Silicon Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s taught at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Norwalk Community College.

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Pilobolus: Come to Your Senses @ Guilford High School
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The internationally acclaimed dance company will present Come to Your Senses, a sensuous, multisensory experience featuring live performance and transmedia digital creations.

View or download Come to Your Senses playbill.

Artist Bio

Pilobolus is among the world’s most innovative and rebellious dance companies—presenting unusually expressive works with otherworldly costuming and stunning theatricality. Pilobolus has tested the limites of human physicality for more than four decades, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies and nonverbal communication through performance, education and facilitated experiences.

Check out the trailer for Come to Your Senses:

 

Guilford High School Performing Arts Center

Susan Cinoman: Guenevere @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

* Note: This show is intended for mature audiences. Some content is not appropriate for children under 16.

Susan will hold a staged reading of her full play Guenevere, which she completed with the support of a 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award. The work uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play.

View or download show program

Artist Bio

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for the ABC television shows The Goldbergs and Schooled. Her one-act plays Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York. Her short play Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys was staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. Susan was the recipient of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award in drama.

Christ Episcopal Church

Sep
29
Sun
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk presents a theatrical and highly interactive performance of classic and original Faerie tales featuring varied voices, characterization and period garb.

Artist Bio

Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He acted in a teen travel camp, told stories to his younger brother, and in 1989 turned his passion into a career, leaving a job watering Henry Kissinger’s office plants to become storyteller in residence at Freeport Schools on Long Island. Since then, he’s performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites and festivals, and has appeared on The Today Show, the Travel Channel and BBC. Probably best known for his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol shows, he performs work whose subjects span Greek mythology, regional history, Medieval stories and Hudson Valley lore. His newest book is Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.

Hyland House Museum

Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform a selection of works, from light and fun to intricate, pensive and intense, drawing from classical, jazz, contemporary and movie music. 

Artist Bio

The Argyle Sax Quartet performs a repertoire that spans genres from classical, jazz and waltzes to contemporary music and movie themes. Comprised of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, the ensemble highlights the instrument’s wide range and tonality.

Here’s the ensemble at a 2016 performance at Branford’s Blackstone Library:

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Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Les Tordus will perform and teach traditional music from Québec, Appalachia and Scandinavia. Learn the history, rhythms, music and instrumentation of this old-time dance music—and the toe-tapping reasons for its resurgence in popularity today.

Artist Bio

Les Tordus are four Shoreline musicians who play traditional, upbeat Québécois and American old-time music, along with a smattering of tunes from Scandinavia and elsewhere. “Tordus” is French for bent, crooked, or off-kilter … and so is the band’s music, which is sure to get your toes tapping! The band features Guilford High School student Rosalie Coleman on fiddle; John Zachos on guitar; Sarah Prown on whistles, mandolin and banjo; and Ken Karpowicz on accordion, tenor banjo and foot percussion.

Hyland House Museum

Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Three dance companies—Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Shoreline Ballet and Starship Dance—combine to present a showcase of each company’s latest repertoire.

Artist Bios

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has been one of Connecticut’s premier dance schools since 1992. Offering a curriculum that includes ballet, pointe, modern, character and jazz for students of all ages, ECB provides high-caliber training that challenges students to reach their full potential. Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin offer professional, New York City-level instruction to aspiring dancers and bring joy to thousands every year with live performances.

Shoreline Ballet provides students with the highest quality dance education and an environment where every student is valued and respected. It offers training in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theatre and tap, and adult barre fitness. Director Kathryn Contessa danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Peter Sparling Dance Company and Jacobs Campbell Dance.

Sneak peek of just one of the dances from our Greatest Showman camp, these girls are looking awesome! #workingit #greatestshowman #theotherside #summerdance #summercamp #summerdancecamp #shorelineballet choreography credit @thepatrickjohn

Posted by Shoreline Ballet on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Starship Dance Studio offers superior technical dance training in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, motivation and a positive self-image. Its dance company comprises students as well as professionals and performs original children’s ballets in schools and other venues throughout the Shoreline. Artistic Director Joyce DiLauro studied at The American Ballet Theatre School, The American Ballet Center and Luigi’s Broadway Jazz Center. She has also studied modern dance, African dance and belly dancing, and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Skunks will play a set of old-time tunes drawn from both American and immigrant culture. Got an old fiddle or guitar in your closet? Dust it off and join the fun.

Artist Bio

The Skunk Misery Ramblers is a loud, fun, old-time string band made up of players of all ages and abilities. It evolved from the Fire in The Kitchen Concerts and Workshops, which brings some of the world’s greatest string players to the Shoreline. The Ramblers play a mostly Celtic repertoire and want everyone to get up and dance. Better yet, they want you to grab a fiddle or guitar and join in, no matter how new or rusty you are.

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Open Old-Time Musicians’ Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Old-Time Musicians' Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

With probably half of the fiddlers in the Western Hemisphere already present at the Hyland House for the Skunk Misery Ramblers’ performance, rosin up your bow, grab your guitar, your horn, your whatever and join the fun. Sarah Prown, who plays in the Skunks, Les Tordus and The Racket Downstairs, plus plays almost every instrument ever made, leads a musicians’ jam based on the age-old tradition of community music making. All ages, all instruments and all levels of experience welcome!

Artist Bio

Sarah Prown plays almost every instrument ever made: guitar, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin; we could go on. She heads the band Les Tordus, which performs Quebecois, American and northern European old-time music, plus plays in the Skunk Misery Ramblers and The Racket Downstairs.

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