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2014 — Our 57th Season!

JULY: Next To Normal

Next To Normal

book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey
music by Tom Kitt

directed by Michael Burnett
produced by Meg Jones

July 4-26

SHOWS: THURS., FRI., SAT. @ 8PM with matinee SUN. 7/20 @ 2PM

We could not be more pleased with the strong audience response so far. Only two weekends left to share this story.

Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.


Juliette Garrison Koch - Diana
Chuck Stango - Dan
Luke Garrison - Gabe
Sydney Coelho - Natalie
Matt Madden - Henry
Keith Guinta - Dr. Madden


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Improv Night!

17 Debacles

NEXT SHOW: Sat., Aug. 2@ 8PM

TBTA's resident improv troupe 17 Debacles will returne with fun nights full of new games, old favorites and some unexpected surprises. As always, tickets are just $10 at the door.

The 17 Debacles are:
Matt Austin • Jody Bayer • Desirae Carle • Billy Dempster • Denise Howard • Kristin Hoose • Meg Jones • Kelly Luf • Abbey Lynch • Joe Mariano • Crystal Schewe

Interest in joining our troupe? Rehearse with us on Connecticut Open House Day on June 14th!

Our last show for 2014 will be on Nov. 29 (Sat. @ 8PM). Mark your calendars!



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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward
directed by Erik Tonner
produced by Andrew Okell & Karen E Steckler

Sept. 12-27

This classic British farce from Noel Coward offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine who hosts a seance as research for a new book. All goes well until the ghost of his first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, is called up by the “happy medium” Madame Arcati.

BLITHE SPIRIT was written and originally performed during the London Blitz and was an instant success. Its send up of death and the spirit world appealed to the war weary British. With physical comedy and sharp wit, Coward leads the audience from a simple dinner party to a world of chaos where nothing is as it seems.

The title of the play comes from Shelley's “Ode to a Skylark”:

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The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer
directed by David Bass
produced by Lou Okell

Nov. 7-22

The story of a city in denial, THE NORMAL HEART unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever.

Larry Kramer’s landmark play about love, AIDS and New York in the 1980s, is a cry for everyone to do their part and take action against HIV and AIDS.

“Thank you for coming to see our play. Please know that everything in The Normal Heart happened. There were and are real people who lived and spoke and died, and are presented here as best I could.” - Larry Kramer

Auditions for 8 men and 1 woman are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 17 & 18.

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Please support our 2014 Season

Sponsors our 2014 season
by downloading and mailing in our form: TBTA2014.pdf or donate on-line through our ticketing site:


As a non-profit, all volunteer community theatre, we rely on the support of businesses and individuals who share our passion for the arts and our commitment to provide quality programs at affordable prices. We are happy to offer the following benefits to our sponsors, subscribers and members:

Front Row Center $2,500+

  • a full page ad in all playbills
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  • your logo on our web site
  • recognition on all posters and flyers
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Orchestra $1,000–$2,499

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Your donation is tax deductible - please consult your tax professional.

We thank you for supporting live theater!

2014 Sponsors

Front Row Center ($2500 & above)


Orchestra ($1000–$2499.99)


Platinum ($500–$999.99)
Thomas & Emilie Connor
Gold ($250–$499.99)


Silver ($100–$249.99)

Listed in show programs.

Bronze (up to $99.99)

Listed in show programs.


Thank you to all our 2013 advertisers. It's time to reserve your ad for 2014! This year, your advertising dollars go even further: Advertise in ALL 5 SHOWS for the same price as our 2013 season advertisement rate! Download the rate sheet: TBTA2014_AD.pdf

Arkettype - Graphics & Printing

Helen S. Curtin, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Lombardo & Bastiani, DMD—General Dentistry

Modern Supply—Plumbing, Heating, Lighting

Vivid Events Disc Jockey/Lighting

• Aldis - The Travel Planner

• Carol Hoose Tax Service

• Ken Musselman Fine Art Paintings

• MathZap Tutoring

Advertise in our programs:
Download our ad specs page (TBTA2014_AD.pdf) to see current rates and ad sizes or contact


Subscribers: Subscribers

Season Subscriptions For Two:
Janet & Steve Betz
Jim & Margie Blansfield
Sandy Bouclier
Stacy & Laurie Boxer
Adele Brudnicki
Maureen & Mike Burnett
Anna & Roy Chan
John & Vivien Cheeseman
Frank Cioffi
D Laurence & Arlene Coleman
Annette & Brent Crozier
Marianne Gaffey
Janine & Jonathan Gibney
Jacqueline Green
Sabrina Hermenze
Mary Kluge
Donna Laber
Denis & Judith Larkin
Donald & Karlene Lombardo
Rose Luizzi
Marilyn Matern
Brenda & Lou Meola
Michael & Susan O’Brien
Georgeann & William Shields
Les Slater
Jim & Marie Sweeney
Diane & Rick Toth
Lynda Willingham
Steve Wright

Season Subscriptions:
Susan Amlung
Anthony Chiodo
Steve Hoose
Judy Mangan
Tara Peterson
Vicki Sakorafos
Cathleen Sullivan
Deirdra Wallin

Members: Members

Aldis Alexander
Rob Bassett
Don Bergeron
Rosemary Bergeron
Frank Bulson
Gail Cowser
Donald Lombardo
Karlene Lombardo
Joy Tagliavento
Diane Toth

Lifetime Members:
Bart Geissinger
Gloria Laposka
Barbara Locke
Wendell MacNeal
Imelda O'Gara Roth
Bill Possidento
Larry Stewart
David Tuttle

2014 Board of Directors:
Kerry Bulson
Michael Burnett, president & artistic director
Brian Casella, technical director
Carol Hoose, treasurer
Kristin Hoose, secretary
Margaret Teed Jones, vice president
Sara Mariano
Andrew Okell
Lou Okell
Karen E. Steckler