FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2019
West Hartford Community Theater Announces
Artistic Team for Mamma Mia!
(West Hartford, CT) – West Hartford Community Theater (WHCT) has announced the artistic team for its November 2019 production of Mamma Mia! In its 11th season, WHCT has developed a reputation for high-quality productions with outstanding artistic direction. The company has attracted emerging and professional actors and singers in starring roles, as well as teens and children, many of whom are drawn to the opportunity to work in a multi-generational production. The foundation of WHCT shows is the ensemble, and the company annually attracts people of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life, for their fall musical.
The story of Mamma Mia!
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the crowd-pleasing music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.
- Stage Director: Janice Luise has extensive experience directing plays and musicals, as well as staged readings and play festivals. She has produced, directed, and written interactive comedy & murder mystery dinner theatre shows throughout New England. Producer & Host of CT Arts & Entertainment TV, a television program interviewing professional and community theatre and artists in CT, Janice has been the Director, Writer, Owner, and Producer of AspenDream Productions, LLC, a professional comedy wedding and murder mystery dinner theatre company of over 30 paid artists that tours the New England area AspenDreamProductions.com. Janice received her Bachelor’s Degree in Directing & Acting at University of Connecticut and attended Yale University Drama Conservatory.
- Music Director: David Jarkey has been music director of WHCT’s Once Upon a Mattress and Young Frankenstein. He joined WHCT as rehearsal pianist for 2016 production of Beauty and the Beast. Vice President of the WHCT Board of Directors, David performs as pianist of the Pratt & Whitney Jazz Band, and in pit orchestras for area community theaters and schools.
- Choreographer: Jennifer Checovetes has been involved in numerous WHCT productions, both as a featured dancer and as choreographer. Most recently, she choreographed Once Upon a Mattress and Young Frankenstein. Jennifer has choreographed shows at the Warner Theater and Landmark Community Theater at the Thomaston Opera House.
- Producer: Terry Szymanski is president of the WHCT Board of Directors and has produced several shows for the company. She has also had both lead and ensemble roles in the productions for the past 8 years.
“We are very excited about this team,” said Producer Terry Szymanski. “David and Jen are wonderful artistic directors, and with the addition of Janice Luise, we know this show will be a knockout!”
WHCT will hold open auditions for all roles in Mamma Mia! on May 21 & 22, with callback auditions on May 23. Detailed information regarding auditions will be posted soon at www.westhartfordtheater.org
About West Hartford Community Theater
West Hartford Community Theater (WHCT) opened its doors in 2008 with an eye toward providing the highest quality live musical theater experience for West Hartford residents and the greater Hartford community. A 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the development of live theater, WHCT values diversity and strives to provide an environment where shared goals, performance standards, and common vision guides collaborative creativity. For more information please visit our website at westhartfordtheater.org.
Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, Marketing & Communications Chair
Terry Szymanski, Producer
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Thanks to everyone who came to see A night of one-act plays.
We had a packed house and a very enjoyable evening!
Thanks to everyone who came to see Young Frankenstein.
It was a lot of fun!