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.

Christ Episcopal Church

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.

Christ Episcopal Church

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 …

Christ Episcopal Church

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
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Guilford native Schulyer Beeman performs Three Bags Full, his new cabaret show, which takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of his life, flipping between jobs of handling animals on stage for the theatre and sheep farming. The show serves up a large helping of touching and funny storytelling, with songs from musical theatre, standards and pop to pull everything together.

Artist Bio

Schuyler Beeman is a singer, dancer and actor with a passion for sheep farming. He’s brought these all together as an animal handler for the stage, and has been on tour with Isabella Rossellini as her dog handler and puppeteer in the whimsical show, Link Link Circus. The show explores animal cognition and communication—which is also something of the theme of the cabaret show/dramatic memoir Three Bags Full, that he’ll perform at the festival. A Guilford native, he performed his solo cabaret show Home for the town’s 375th birthday celebration in 2013.

First Congregational Church

Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Explore the power of the human mind with mindreader and hypnotist Keith Zalinger, as he connects with every member of his audience through thoughts, feelings and imagination.

Artist Bio

A mindreader and licensed hypnotist with scores of corporate and educational clients, Keith Zalinger is also an acclaimed paranormal entertainer. He divines the thoughts of audience members, answers their personal questions and predicts their actions. A recipient of Gigmasters’ best-of awards for 2012-2018, he is the author of Palmistry, Love and You; Learn the Tarot (in Three Simple Steps) and Practical Astrology.

Here’s a segment of a 2018 appearance at the Thimble Islands Brewery in Branford:

Breakwater Books

Wheel Life Theatre: That’s Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wheel Life Theatre: That's Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Wheel Life Theatre performs That’s Just Me, in which actors who ambulate via crutches or wheelchairs create real-life situations and riff on them, improv-style.

Artist Bio

Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of Legacy Theatre, created Wheel Life Theatre Troupe to provide an acting outlet for people who ambulate with crutches or use wheelchairs, and their family members. The troupe, which has members of all ages and range of mobility, performed at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June. Interested new members should contact info@LegacyTheatreCT.org.

Nathanael B. Greene Community 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:

Christ Episcopal Church

Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A contemporary pop musical created by high-school and middle-school actors, singers and musicians, Just One Sip is a coming-of-age-story with humor, romance and drama, set in a local coffee shop.

Artist Bio

Writers Gaby Onorati and Carlin Steere, sophomores at Madison’s Daniel Hand High School, are interested in the different ways kids mature into young adults. Just One Sip, their original, 17-song musical, had its first public stage reading in Guilford in 2018, and it’s been reworked for performance at the festival.

Here’s that full, first staged reading, from May 2018:

First Congregational Church

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

No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

NBYT will perform a short Cinderella story, Estrellita de Oro, followed by acting games in which performers and the audience interact to explore the characters just seen on stage. Based on a Mexican folktale, Estrellita de Oro (Little Gold Star) has familiar elements to the Cinderella story that we all know—but with fun twists and changes!

Artist Bio

NBYT is a professionally run community and educational children’s theater company based in Berlin, Connecticut. Inviting kids from all communities and with all levels of ability and experience, it was named by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017. NBYT enriches lives by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, and developing self-confidence, social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the creative arts.

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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.

Hyland House Museum

Julie Fitzpatrick: 77 U-Turn @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

77 U-Turn is a fully staged theater piece that uses poetic storytelling and song to reflect on coming home, parenting, love, loss, confusion and what happens when we turn around and look back before moving forward. Keely Baisden Knudsen of Legacy Theatre directs and Bill Speed plays piano. Talkback follows.

View or download show playbill.

Artist Bio

Julie is an actress, acting coach and writer who also works in her family’s car dealership. She recently returned to her hometown of Guilford after 15 years working as an actress in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California. She’s a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and went to the American Conservatory Theater for her MFA. She’s been working on 77 U-Turn, about her return to Guilford, for approximately a year.

First Congregational Church

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.

Hyland House Museum