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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.

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Acting One Class at MxCC

posted Aug 10, 2014, 8:38 PM by ARTFARM info

For the eleventh year, ARTFARM Co-founder Dic Wheeler will be teaching ACTING I at Middlesex Community College this fall. 
The class meets on Mondays, 1:20 - 4 pm starting September 8. 
Acting I (Theatre 110) is open to full-time or part-time students of all ages and levels of experience. This is a great opportunity to take a rigorous introductory Acting class for college credit with a seasoned teacher, director and performer -- at an affordable price. 
For more info about registering for Acting I, go to www.mxcc.edu

Circus auditions September 9 for ages 12 - 18

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:38 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 5:41 PM ]

Circophony Youth Circus Company AUDITIONS for the 2014-15 season will be held Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown.

Circophony is a select youth circus company committed to providing first class training to aspiring circus performers while creating an exciting new show which will tour to schools, clubs, fairs, corporate events, festivals, and perhaps even the 2015 American Youth Circus Festival.

Circophony is a collaboration between ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. The Company is open by audition to young people ages twelve to eighteen. Prior circus experience is not required.

Young people selected for the Company receive a rigorous combination of circus training, physical conditioning and rehearsal/production experience. Members are expected to arrive punctually, attend all rehearsals and performances, work hard, be strong team players, and train independently outside of rehearsals.

If you do not have circus experience, a background in dance, gymnastics, theater, cheerleading, parkour, hooping, magic or serious physical activity is helpful. The show is directed by ARTFARM’s Executive Director Dic Wheeler, who has been performing, directing and teaching circus in the United States and Europe for thirty years. Dic is the founder of the Children’s Circus of Middletown and ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, and is a charter member of the American Youth Circus Organization. Circophony’s Lead Trainer is circus performer and teacher Allison McDermott, an acrobat, aerialist, graduate of the Professional Track Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, and Director of the Advanced Circus Program at the Children’s Circus of Middletown.

The theme for the 2014-15 Circophony show will be announced in late summer. The 2013-14 show was Circus in Wonderland, a circus inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the previous season Circophony toured Circophony’s Vaudeville Circus, a celebration of Vaudeville.

General Auditions for the Company will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Auditioners should call or email to pre-register, arrive on time, dress to move, and plan on staying for the entire two hours. Each auditioner must prepare a one minute solo performance showcasing your best circus skill or skills. Solo should have an entrance, series of events/tricks leading to a climax, and an exit. Music, props, costume are all encouraged. Show us what you can do and demonstrate your ability to create original material.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm, starting September 16. Circophony’s new show will open in December at Oddfellows Playhouse, then be available for touring through June. Members will continue to receive regular circus training weekly from January through April. 


For more information about auditioning for Circophony or booking the 2014-15 touring show, contact ARTFARM (info@art-farm.org) or Oddfellows Playhouse (info@oddfellows.org).

King Lear celebrates a great two week run!

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:21 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 5:22 PM ]

ARTFARM's production of King Lear brought record crowds to the Grove and received glowing reviews from audience members, many of whom returned more than once to see the epic. Here are a few photos by Bill DeKine of the two week run of King Lear in the Grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College. More extensive photo gallery coming soon!

Thanks to our Shakespeare in the Grove Sponsors!

posted Jun 27, 2014, 12:57 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 10:01 AM ]

ARTFARM's Shakespeare in the Grove production of King Lear opens July 17, and we would like to pause in the frenzy to thank our incredible sponsors. 
King Lear would not be possible without the support of:
CT Department of Economic Development/Office of the Arts
Middletown Commission on the Arts
Pratt and Whitney
Middlesex Community College
Community Health Center
Our Shakespeare Slammers and the sponsors who supported them
Many Generous Individual Donors

Poster Design by Jason Leinwand, based on a photo by Lauren Sitz of John Basinger as Lear.

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