Dec
9
Mon
Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents The Nutcracker @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Dec 9 @ 1:30 pm
Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents The Nutcracker @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

Sail away to a place you’ve only been in your dreams: the magical world of Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will give its classic “Nutcracker” ballet a fresh spin this December with spectacular new scenery, additional special effects, and a setting that celebrates southeastern Connecticut’s seafaring past.

The family-friendly event features two stars from the renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB): Sara Mearns, often called “the great American ballerina of our time,” and Jared Angle, an artist with high acclaim in the world of dance. Guest artists from Miami City Ballet and no less than 100 professionally trained dancers from ECB will share the spotlight.

The curtain rises on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. A discount of 50% off regular ticket prices is offered to active military personnel and their families for the Saturday evening performance only. Contact the Box Office for details on this special offer.

For tickets, call the Garde Arts Center at 860-444-7373 x1 or visit www.gardearts.org.

Dec
13
Fri
It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church Tickets
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church | Mystic | Connecticut | United States

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Dec
14
Sat
It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church Tickets
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church | Mystic | Connecticut | United States

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Dec
15
Sun
It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church Tickets
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play @ First United Methodist Church | Mystic | Connecticut | United States

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Dec
20
Fri
Writer’s Block Presents [Un]Documented @ BP Learned Mission Tickets
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm

[Un]Documented tells the stories of the immigrant experience in America through poetry, theater, dance and music; exploring the horrors of the immigration system and injustice in America. After each show there will be a talkback with the youth to discuss the issues and their creative process in making original work about the topic.

Dec
21
Sat
Writer’s Block Presents [Un]Documented @ BP Learned Mission Tickets
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

[Un]Documented tells the stories of the immigrant experience in America through poetry, theater, dance and music; exploring the horrors of the immigration system and injustice in America. After each show there will be a talkback with the youth to discuss the issues and their creative process in making original work about the topic.

Jan
16
Thu
Warriors Don’t Cry @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am
Warriors Don't Cry @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

DOMINION ENERGY SCHOOLTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES
Recommended Grades: 6th-12th

This original one-woman play dramatizes Melba Patillo Beals’s searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock’s central high, through the lens of a contemporary young activist who questions: “What does a warrior look like? What is worth fighting for? Can a young person change the world?” Employing sophisticated video technology, original music, spoken word, poetry, and prose, the show will be a catalyst for deeper discussion about social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, community engagement and freedom.

Warriors Don’t Cry is a collaboration between The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The University of Connecticut’s Department of Digital Media and Design, and TheaterWorksUSA.

Jan
18
Sat
The Simon & Garfunkel Story @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
The Simon & Garfunkel Story @ Garde Arts Center

The internationally acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is touring North America again this year! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60’s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance.

Feb
22
Sat
The Very Hungry Caterpillar @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am
The Very Hungry Caterpillar @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

and other Eric Carle favorites

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Mar
4
Wed
The Pout-Pout Fish @ Garde Arts Center Tickets
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am
The Pout-Pout Fish @ Garde Arts Center | New London | Connecticut | United States

This performance is part of the DOMINION ENERGY SCHOOLTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES
Recommended Grade Levels: Pre K – 2nd

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.

This colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed, and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios, whose work was featured in Broadway’s The King And I, On the Town, and Radio City’s New York Spectacular. Writing team includes New Victory LabWorks Residency recipients Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus Walsh.