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June 2020

Flashdance: The Musical

June 24 - July 26
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Music by Robbie Roth; Lyrics by Robert Cary & Robbie Roth Book by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary   Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance: The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dreams. Based on the Paramount Pictures film, Flashdance boasts an iconic score and pop hits including…

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July 2020

Alfresco Thursdays

July 2 @ 5:00 pm - August 27 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Essex Board of Trade to Host Alfresco Thursdays, July 2 - August 27! Essex is OPEN for Summer 2020 and the Essex Board of Trade (EBOT) is upping its annual Alfresco Thursdays with weekly events throughout the months of July and August.   “This year, Alfresco Thursdays holds special significance as Connecticut begins its reopening post quarantine,” says Colt Taylor, President of Essex Board of Trade (EBOT). “With social distancing still in place, Alfresco Thursdays is the perfect way for the…

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Online Class: Storytelling with Collage

July 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

We are each a unique soul and as a “Creative” inspired by all we see! As a” Creative”, we are compelled to collect, gather, and put together in meaningful ways, all we feel and think. Gathering organic, natural materials, colorful and tactile ephemera, can be used to SHARE and INSPIRE A STORY! This session, we will explore, collect and organize materials into bundles to create a visual layout for our stories and then learn to adhere them to a substrate…

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Haunted Connecticut Jr: Spooky Stories For The Whole Family

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Presented By Dr Stephen Gencarella.  Musical Accompaniment By Frank Natter. Dr. Gencarella is a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a folklorist whose research examines the myths, legends, and cultural traditions of New England. He teaches classes on humor and comedy studies and on the global folklore of alcoholic beverages.  This new show of storytelling and music is suitable for ages 5 +.  In association with the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Tickets $15 all ages

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Design This Summer – Fashion Camp I

July 13 @ 9:30 am - July 17 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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$360

FASHION WEEK I July 13-17, 2020 | Ages 11-15 Mornings are spent working with a professional illustrator learning to draw the fashion silhouette as live models pose for your sketches. End the week of illustration with a portfolio ready piece. Afternoons are spent with professional seamstresses learning to read, pin and cut a pattern of your choice. Construct and finish your garment by sewing and adding accessories. Professional hair and makeup stylists help prepare you for the end of the…

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Online Class: Writing Poems About Art

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$80

The Art of Writing Poems about Art is an on line Zoom class being offered by Spectrum Art Gallery. Steven Ostrowski, a published poet, painter, and professor, will offer an online Zoom workshop in which participants engage in the art of writing poems about artworks. Using the “Permission to Play with Language” model that Professor Ostrowski developed for the Central Connecticut Writing Project, participants will create new, imagistic poems about an artwork or several artworks of their choice—whether that be…

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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

July 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 25, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
Sea Chanteys

FREE! Every Monday. 8:00pm - 11:00 pm Join us every Monday as the Jovial Crew brings the Tap Room to life with this old seafaring tradition, extremely popular today. "Jovial Crew" is a good description for both performers and patrons, a very spirited bunch making a very spirited evening indeed!

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Thursdays on the Dock: Small Pond All Stars

July 16 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Small Pond All Stars Thursday, July 16 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. This week’s band is the Small Pond All Stars, a popular local music group that has played…

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Resurgence and Regrowth: Art Show Opening

July 17 - September 6
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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The new exhibit reflects the season’s resurgence and regrowth giving us all hope for a happier and healthy future including images that reflect the “staying safe” measures we presently practice. The show opens Friday, July 17 and will close Sunday, September 6th. Gallery Hours – Thursday – Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

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Design This Summer – Fashion Camp II

July 20 @ 9:30 am - July 24 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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$360

FASHION WEEK II July 20-24, 2020 | Ages 15-18 During Fashion Week II, fashionistas dig deeper and focus their designs on the influences of top fashion designers. This year, Anna Sui will be our muse. For her innovative work, Sui has been called a designer who “never panders” by The New York Times, and earned the distinction of being named to Time magazine’s list of the decade’s top five fashion icons. Learn sketching as live models pose for your Sui…

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Summer Cabaret Series: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook

July 20 @ 7:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$40

The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook:  Songs, Stories and multimedia featuring Aztec Two-Step 2.0   Uniquely entertaining music, narration and multimedia event which chronicles the extraordinary career of Simon & Garfunkel.  The music speaks for itself and a sing-along is always in the mix. Summer Cabaret Tickets:  $40 all ages Buy tickets for all three cabarets for $100.00 all ages – call box office to purchase 3-show package

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Shanties & Sails: Marc Bernier

July 21 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Marc Bernier 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Marc Bernier is a Chanteyman,…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Butter Jones

July 23 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Butter Jones Thursday, July 23 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Butter Jones, with a unique blend of indie rock, americana, and a dash of jam band, it’s the sound…

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Nature Art Camp

July 27 - July 31
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$325

For the young artist, Nature Art Camp runs July 27-31 (9am-4:30pm) for ages 7 to 12. Spend summer days drawing en plein air, and painting and sculpting on the Center grounds. Sketch floral and landscape drawings, and, as a special treat, enjoy a Guest Artist Session on Painting Trees and Foliage in Watercolor! Develop observational, drawing, and sculpting techniques working on projects like Air Dry Clay Impressions, Bubble Painted Florals (mixed media), Nature’s Windows Clings, and Sun Painted Sun Catcher.  Nature will inspire, as will…

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Shanties & Sails: Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

July 28 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Rick Spencer…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Tiny Ocean

July 30 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tiny Ocean Thursday, July 30 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Tiny Ocean is a mixture of americana, indie folk, folk rock, indie folk. Kierstin Sieser, Jeremy Coster, Jon Morse,…

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August 2020

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until March 27, 2022

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sunday Hunt Breakfast

Sunday Hunt Breakfast / Every Sunday (except holidays) Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. This sumptuous offering includes a wide array of breakfast and lunch entrées with made-to-order Belgian waffle and omelet stations, breakfast breads, freshly prepared salads, and assorted desserts. The brunch gets jazzier with Dixieland by Freight Train beginning at noon! Reservations recommended. For more information visit http://www.griswoldinn.com 11am to 1pm $24.95/adults; $12.00/children between 7-12; under 6/complimentary

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Shanties & Sails: Johnson Girls Band

August 4 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Johnson Girls Band 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. The Johnson Girls have…

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Ring of Fire

August 5 - August 30
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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The Music of Johnny Cash Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.   Conceived by William Meade The Man in Black is Back! From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait that is a…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Little Big Band

August 6 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Little Big Band Thursday, August 6 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. The Little Big Band includes Piano, Bass, Drums, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 5 Saxophones and a Vocalist, for…

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Summer Cabaret Series: Champagne & Moonshine

August 10 @ 7:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$40

Champagne & Moonshine:  A Jersey Girl’s Journey to Patsy Cline featuring Jacqueline Petroccia star of our 2012 hit production Always...Patsy Cline.  Hear Jackie’s story of how she was discovered to play Patsy, the music that influenced her childhood and the songs she sings now.  Meet and greet and CD signing after the show. Summer Cabaret Tickets:  $40 all ages Buy tickets for all three cabarets for $100.00 all ages – call box office to purchase 3-show package

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Shanties & Sails: Geoff Kaufman

August 11 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Geoff Kaufman 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event.   For the past twenty-eight…

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Thursdays on the Dock: John Spignesi Band

August 13 @ 5:30 pm

John Spignesi Band Thursday, August 13 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. New Haven based quartet “JSB” (shortened for The John Spignesi Band) is a group you don’t want to…

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Paper Heart Puppets Presents: Tall Tales

August 14 @ 11:00 am
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Have you ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox’s den? Then come along on this whirlwind tour of New England’s tallest tales! Along the way, you’ll make Thomas Jefferson the world’s largest wheel of cheese, sail the ocean with the legendary giant sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and meet a very fashionable bear by the name of Jenny Jenkins. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, there is sure…

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Paper Heart Puppets Presents: Cardboard Explosion!

August 14 @ 2:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.  Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up Tickets $15 all…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Meadows Brothers Band

August 20 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Meadows Brothers Band Thursday, August 20 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Jazz/Blues band, Mama Train, blends the warmth of rich female vocals with smooth expressive piano.  Their sound embodies…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Old Dog New Trick

August 27 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Old Dog New Trick Thursday, August 27 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Old Dog New Trick is an increasingly popular local talent that sprang onto the vibrant Lower Connecticut…

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September 2020

Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

September 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 29, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE
Psychedelic ’60's

Every Friday, 8:30pm - 12:00am Psychedelic ’60’s, a power trio that pays tribute to the ground-breaking musical super groups of the sixties, plays the Tap Room at The Griswold Inn every Friday night. Take this nostalgic trip and listen to the music of the Kinks, the Beatles, the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival... ROCK N' ROLL!

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Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

September 3 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Local Honey Thursday, September 3 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a humble appreciation for an organic evolution, lifelong…

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Thursdays on the Dock: USCG Dixieland Band

September 10 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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USCG Dixieland Band Thursday, July 9 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and…

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Ghost the Musical

September 16 - October 11
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Book & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin  Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard A romantic stage adaptation of a modern classic film, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly…

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October 2020

The Mousetrap

October 28 - November 15
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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By Agatha Christie Agatha Christie, the Mistress of Mystery, brings you her most popular creation, The Mousetrap. When a group of strangers are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm, they soon discover one of them is a murderer! Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it's the spinster with the curious background. It could be the architect, the retired Army Major or maybe the odd man who claims his car overturned in…

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