Archive for May 2014


post-shrekMany thanks to all of the people who came together to present Artful Living’s smash hit SHREK! This contemporary American Classic offered our community more than an uproarious musical comedy. The story served as an important reminder that some traditional fairy tales we know from our childhood could use a new twist that makes them friendly to our modern audience. Our unique differences are exactly what bind us and help create the ‘happily ever after’ moments in our lives!

Hundreds of adults and children have been touched by the Artful Living experience and left with empowering memories that may last a lifetime and the awe-inspiring local talent has entertained thousands of CT residents and friends! We are grateful to have received 7 nominations with the 2013 BroadwayWorld CT Awards.


post-seussWe are proud to present SEUSSICAL, a fantastic, magical, musical extravaganza full of heart and imagination, based on the works of celebrated author, “Dr. Seuss.”
The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that will make you laugh and cry.

Adults and children LOVE this show which features all their favorite characters- The Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Whos, Mayzie, Gertrude, Sour Kangaroo,Wikershams and many more!

The Wizard of Oz

post-ozWe are proud to present THE WIZARD OF OZ Summer 2011. This will mark Artful Living’s fifth year for producing high quality musical theater and providing family friendly shows.

A full professional orchestra and state-of-the-art theater add to the overall excellence, but our real treasures are the many people who volunteer as actors, production team workers and creative artists who come together every year and dedicate their time and talents to the craft of fine musical theater.

The results are SPECTACULAR!

Annie !

post-annieIt seems an age ago – 1933, the year that America was in the midst of a Great Depression. Or does it? Annie is one of America’s Best-Loved Musicals of all time. It made its humble beginnings just across the river at Goodspeed Opera House.

What is its appeal? Is it the adorable orphans who sing and bang their buckets about hard knocks? Is it that mean Miss Hannigan we all love to hate? Or the kindness that Daddy Warbucks and Grace display to a needy child? Is it the faithfulness of that mangy pooch, Sandy, who finds his way to Annie? Of course, these things coupled with a truly good story and great music are all the reasons. However, I believe the single most resonant reason that Annie sings on in all our hearts is that it is a musical about hope! Hope for a fulfilling future as seen through the eyes of a child – and as seen through the eyes of watching children in our audience today!

Over 150 children, adults and families have worked tirelessly to present to you today our version of Annie. May you find hope in our story and may you find sunshine in all of your tomorrows!

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Welcome to You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Charlie-posterAll Cast Read Through and confirmation of parts to be held Monday, June 9th – 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the HK Middle School.

Welcome to the cast of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, a classic musical theater show with laughs, charm and great tunes!

We have cast THREE sets of principal parts designated as C for children, Y for young adult and A for adult. We have done the same for the whole Peanuts Gang. All three sets of principal and named parts are asked to perform in ALL six shows. We will explain which of the three casted characters will say which lines and sing which songs on June 9 so it is especially important to be there for this.

If cast in the Peanuts Gang, you will have the opportunity to become or create your own character and will be involved in various scenes along with at least three (probably more) large production numbers. Kids cast as Children’s Peanuts Gang will have the option to choose to perform in either weekend 1 (Aug 1,2,3) or weekend 2 (Aug 8,9,10). More to come on this soon.

The basic rehearsal schedule is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. We make every effort to be very efficient with time and will only call an actor if he/she is needed for that rehearsal. However, your schedule should accommodate these days. Parents of young children should chaperone.

All details will always be very clear on our website – your portal to everything you need to know about this production. Please bookmark and check the following site often:

The website has a CAST tab you want to check where you’ll find a PDF of the script and songs. Remember, we are doing a creative new thing here to have three groups of characters so we’ll all have to mindful of following the schedule carefully to know who is called when!

Please reserve the whole week of July 28 for Dress Rehearsals. The performance dates are August 1,2,3,8,9,10. (Fri/Sat evenings & Sun matinees) We understand that many people have varied and full schedules and that summer is a time for vacations. However, this is a collaborative effort that requires the dedication and mutual respect of all, especially within the last two weeks of production. While there is no fee to participate in Artful Living’s productions, you are expected to sell a minimum of three advertisements for the program and to sell a minimum of 10 tickets.

Congrats to all. If you’ve been involved before, you know we work hard to include everyone in the show in meaningful ways.

If you know at this time you are unavailable to accept your role, I would appreciate an email or call ASAP. Many people will be counting on everyone doing their share so please do consider your commitment now.

Questions? Please contact me at

Thanks again,
Chris Solimene

Divinna Schmitt

Joel Spineti
Musical Director

Clara Gumbart
Stage Manager


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