The Gary-The Olivia Theater
Announces its 2013 Season!
"The Pitmen Painters"and the musical "Fiorello" are the 2013 summer productions at The Gary-The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem, CT on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, 273 Flanders Road.
* Don't miss the opening night gala/fundraiser for The Gary-The Olivia Theater. Join us on June 14th (opening night, The Pitmen Painters) and on August 1st (opening night, Fiorello) for two inspiring nights of theater featuring some of the best talent in the area, local wines from Walker Road Vineyards, northeast cheeses and a meet and greet with the performers-all in support of The Gary-The Olivia Theater! Admission now available online for these two spectacular evenings!
The Pitmen Painters - June 14-23 at The Gary-the Olivia Theater
Right where you are, the very place you know so well,
if you dig a little deeper, you will find something beautiful.
The Pitmen Painters written by Lee Hall (of Billy Elliot fame) and loosely based on the book by art critic and author William Feaver, is an inspirational story about a close-knit group of miners in Northeast England in the 1930’s who enroll in an art appreciation class as a way of learning about the world outside of their village of Ashington. The plot follows members of the group as they interact with a college art instructor, experiment with actual painting and gradually build a body of work that establishes them as The Ashington Group, a briefly celebrated group of painters in the 30’s and 40’s.
Receiving critical acclaim in London and on Broadway, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, thought provoking and moving testament to friendship, human aspiration and the transforming power of art. Show dates are June 14 thru June 23, 2013
Not an insider, but a man from the west,
brought Tamany to its knees, and New York City to its best!
Fiorello, The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical follows the dynamic professional and political career of Fiorello La Guardia. Elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930 La Guardia served as Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 and was a major influence in the making of modern day New York. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest mayors in American history. The musical follows his career beginning in 1915 as a lawyer advocating for the poor and disenfranchised from his small office in Greenwich Village until his election as mayor in 1934.
It also tells the story of the two great loves of his life, Thea & Marie - two remarkable women in their own right. The original Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in 1959, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. Show dates are August 1 through August 11, 2013 at the theater.
* Special group rates are available for 10 or more people (except for the opening night gala performances). Contact Susan at 860 355-5553; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Box Office
The Box Office, located directly in front of The Gary-The Olivia Theater, is open
1 hour before the scheduled performance. You may reach the box office with questions at: email@example.com.
Ages 11 yrs. and under have
free admission this year.
Theatergoers may now purchase admission online at this Web site. As some of
our performances are “sold out,” this allows us to redirect you to an alternate performance date where seats are available. Please note:
This option does not reserve you a specific seat but rather ensures you will have a seat for a specific performance under the general admission guidelines.
We use PayPal for the online admission purchase interface. * You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. After you select the show and date of performace click on the Add To Cart button. On the next page simply click on the link that says "Check Out" (the other option is "Check Out with PayPal Account"). Then on the next page go to the section that says, "Don't Have a PayPal account" and fill in your name, address, etc. You will then be directed to a page where you may input your credit card info - Mastercard, Visa, AE and Discover are accepted. Please print off the PayPal page that describes the specifics of your purchase and bring it with you to the box office for proof of purchase. Once you purchase online your name and number in party is held at the box office. * No tickets will be sent to you.
Directions To The Theater
The Abbey of Regina Laudis is located at: 273 Flanders Rd. in Bethlehem, CT 06751. To arrive at The Gary-The Olivia Theater on the grounds of the Abbey, please pass the Abbey's Main Entrance (going north on Flanders Rd.) where
you will see the sign advertising the performance. Please turn right into the parking lot and you will be directed by the parking attendants.
What the Critics are Saying - South Pacific 2012
"...Bright and spirited direction and choreography by Sally Camm..."
"...Katie Keough as Nellie Forbush and Thomas Camm as Emile de Becque have the big voices to handle these enormous roles."
"...Katie Keough as Nellie is the all American girl."
"Thomas Camm as Emile has all the charm one expects of a Frenchman...his voice is so powerfully commanding..."
"Ryan Pipke as the heroic Cable has the perfect voice for romantic ballads. Alika Hope as Bloody Mary is simply superb. T Abram Lee as Luther Billis is perfectly cast as the comic somewhat mischievous wheeler dealer. Julia Sun is lovely as Liat. Fine performances by Joe Stofko as Captain Brackett and Brother Kevin McElroy as Commander Harbison."
"...Talented musicians gathered here by Music Director Craig Hartley ...make some of the most beautiful love songs ever written become all the more memorable."
"An enchanted evening in Bethlehem" 5 (out of 5) Stars - Joanne Greco Rochman, Republican American
'South Pacific' Wows Audience at Abbey's Open-Air Theater - Jean Dunn, Voices
What the critics are saying - The Solid Gold Cadillac 2012
(Cast-The Solid Gold Cadillac)
"Laura Partridge is played superbly by Kelly Mehiel..."
John Fabiani as McKeever jumps up on a desk, runs around the stage as the audience howls with laughter... This popular actor knows just how to milk a dramatic moment."
Eric Bloomquist as Clifford Snell is so good in his portrayal that you can't wait for the haughty accountant to get what he deserves..."
"Joe Stofko is so good as T. John Blessington, you'll wonder why he's not on Broadway."
"...excellently directed by Sally & Thomas Camm."
"This is an outstanding production."
4 1/2 Stars (Best rating 5 stars.) Joanne Greco Rochman,
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We would like to thank the following major sponsors of The Gary-The Olivia Performing Arts Center for the 2012 season: TD Bank, Connecticut Light & Power, Connecticut Community Foundation, Crystal Rock, LLC and Thomaston Savings Bank.