ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown, CT. It was created and is being led by long-time local artistic leaders Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge. Every summer, ARTFARM brings outdoor Shakespeare to residents in Connecticut and beyond through its signature event, Shakespeare in the Grove. Throughout the year, ARTFARM continues to have touring shows, teaching residencies in local schools and arts centers, and a circus arts training program.
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Circus of Joy
Friday, April 29, 7 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm & 7 pm
at Oddfellows Playhouse,
128 Washington Street, Middletown
Rehearsal photos by David Schulz
Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and ARTFARM present Circophony’s Circus of Joy: Finding Happiness in Who You Are.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
The ten members of Circus of Joy are all trained circus performers between the ages of 12 and 18. Circophony is a teen circus training and performance program co-run by Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and ARTFARM.
Circus of Joy is an original piece of circus theater that addresses issues of mental health, self-image, and the development of resilience in children and teens. Circophony director Dic Wheeler and Lead Trainer Allison McDermott developed the show in collaboration with the cast members, using their experiences, aspirations and struggles to develop a circus story built around finding happiness within yourself and in your own circumstances. The show is filled with juggling, stilting, acrobatics, roman ladders, physical comedy, hoop diving, and music, and the performances highlight individual journeys through doubt and darkness that each performer makes in finding a way to self- appreciation and confidence.
"This is more than just a youth circus performance," said Wheeler. "Circus of Joy represents the challenges of being a kid in the modern world, the pressures, the forces that can pull you down, questions of identity, and suggests that through individual action and community support we can all make the journey easier for each other. This performance will speak to elementary school students, adolescents and teenagers with freshness and familiarity, and will be moving and affirming for adults as well."
After the opening weekend Circophony's Circus of Joy will tour to local schools, fairs and festivals through the end of June. Anyone interested in bringing the show to their school or other venue should contact the group immediately while there are still dates available.
Circophony is a year round youth circus program that provides high-quality circus training and performance opportunities to Connecticut teenagers. The Traveling Company is a select group of performers, chosen annually by audition. Every year, the company develops an original circus theater performance that is available to tour throughout the region.
For tickets: oddfellows.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 347-6143. For tour bookings, contact email@example.com.
Shakespeare in the Grove presents Servant of Two Masters July 13 - 24
Photos above: Raphael Massie (AEA) and Marcella Trowbridge in 2015 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (photo by Bill Dekine)
NOW HIRING SUMMER STAFF:
If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
Support Kids' Circus by attending Cirque du Soleil!
See below for this great opportunity to support ARTFARM while enjoying Cirque du Soleil's production of OVO in Hartford on June 15 at 7:30!
and you can buy tickets at the regular price, but 75% of the price of each ticket will go directly to support ARTFARM circus programs for young people in Hartford and Middletown! You must buy your tickets using this special LINK, however, and the offer is only for the June 15 performance. Cirque has made 100 tickets available for this offer, so you will be at the show with friends! If you would rather use this opportunity to purchase tickets for young circus performers who cannot afford to attend, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Shakespeare in the Grove 2015,
Photos by Bill DeKine.
Poster and billboard design by Jason Leinwand.
Photos show Raphael Massie* as Oberon and David McCamish* as Bottom. (*Courtesy of Actors Equity Association.)
Photos also feature Dyllan Vallier, Marcella Trowbridge, Emily Seibert, Samantha Dena, Allison McDermott, Riley Lassin, Dalton Davis, Elizabeth Swan, Corey Welden, and Andrew Lemieux.
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