After a harrowing year for the performing arts community both worldwide and locally, area theaters have made strides to bounce back with some exciting upcoming events.
Here are a few local theater groups to keep an eye on.
The Arts at Angeloria’s, 223 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike #4222, Southington
Lori Holm, executive and artistic director, doesn’t waste any time when it comes to theatrical ventures. As she takes down the remaining set pieces left over from a successful run of “Mamma Mia” — an online audition announcement from Arts at Angeloria’s is making its way around the Connecticut theater circuit.
The creative team is hosting auditions on Sept. 12 and 13 for a stage adaptation of “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Catching up with Lori at her arts oasis, she expressed excitement about the opportunity to work with a diverse group of creatives.
Meriden Youth Theater, rehearsals held at 14-16 W Main St, Meriden
Performing arts isn't just for adults. Meriden Youth Theater recently announced the lineup for its fall season. With “Legally Blonde,” “Frozen Jr.” and “Frozen Kids” coming up, the creative team is excited to get back into the swing of the usual Saturday morning practices after a summer hiatus. The Meriden Youth Theater production team is looking for new talent to compliment existing members.
Castle Craig Players, West Main Street, Meriden
This local theater group recently announced its full 2021-2022 season. Castle Craig Players will be welcoming audiences back into their playhouse with “Steel Magnolias” from October 15th through 24th. Regarding welcoming audiences back to the group’s cozy playhouse, Vice President Ian Galligan says the team has a plan.
“We will be reopening at a reduced capacity, requiring masks for all patrons, adding additional filtration in our HVAC system, just to name a few things,” he said. “It’s of the utmost importance to us that everyone - our patrons, our actors, our volunteers - feel 110% safe!”
Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave, Wallingford
“RENT” comes to Wallingford Sept. 3 to 11. Presented as an absolutely immersive experience through clever “in-the-round” staging, this is one you won’t want to miss. While this award-winning musical was initially released in 1994, the play has themes that will resonate with modern audiences.
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves. When she's not helping out in the English department at Maloney High School, she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at email@example.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!