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Peter Rabbit Coin May Be The Cutest Ever Minted Beatrix Potter’s fictional bunny stars on a British 50 pence piece

April 15th, 2016 by admin

Peter Rabbit is on the money.

Beloved author Beatrix Potter’s fictional bunny appears on a brand-new 50 pence piece released in Britain on Monday.  Printed in color, Peter wears his iconic blue jacket and appears to have a mischievous glint in his eye. It looks like he’s about to thieve Mr. McGregor’s tasty vegetables. (But it’s probably just the way the metal shines.)

British coin designer Emma Noble designed the limited-edition silver proof coin to mark the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth in 1866. Only 15,000 have been made.peter rabbit coin

The limited-edition coins can be purchased on the Royal Mint website for about $76, but a cheaper, unlimited color version costs about $14 on the same site.

An uncolored version of the coin will go into general circulation later this year with an unlimited mintage, the Royal Mint told The Huffington Post. It will be worth 50 pence, or around 70 cents.

Peter Rabbit coins are available for purchase on the Royal Mint’s website, and come in special boxes. Three more of Potter’s characters will appear on coins later this year to make a four-piece set. Their identities have not yet been revealed. The flip side of each coin features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Noble said she wanted Potter’s illustrations at “the forefront of my design as they are lovely images and the characters are very well known.”  “I felt they were enough to stand alone and I designed them in this way as I thought they would work best for both the colored commemorative and un-colored circulating coins,” she said in a statement. “I really hope people are pleased with them as a set.”  Before the coin’s release, the Royal Mint teased Peter Rabbit fans with this tweet on Sunday:  Noble previously worked on a coin commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Peter Rabbit will also star in a previously unpublished book by Potter, who died at age 77 in 1943, that’s slated for release in September. The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots will include illustrations by Quentin Blake, perhaps best known for illustrating author Roald Dahl’s books.

02/29/2016 10:47 am ET

 Lee MoranTrends Editor, The Huffington Post

Peter Rabbit Tales at the Shubert, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:30pm. 

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The Man who Trained Sandy the Dog in ” Annie”! Broadway Animal Trainer Bill Berloni and His Collie Argyle, “There to Put a Smile on Your Face”

March 30th, 2016 by admin

Best in Show — a spotlight on Broadway personalities and their animal companions — continues with animal trainer Bill Berloni, whose furry friends have appeared on Broadway in Annie, Legally Blonde, The Audience, the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy and many others. Berloni, whose bloodhounds are part of The Dallas Theater Center’s current world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, is also the subject of the Discovery Family Channel series “From Wags to Riches.”

What is your pet’s name, and is there a story behind it? Bill Berloni: Argyle. I got Argyle from a casting call we held for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2005. He came from Herding Dog Rescue of Long Island. As a child, I had a dog named Rexie who was my best friend. In my adult professional career, no one wanted a “Lassie” dog, so when I had the opportunity to adopt a collie for a show, I jumped on it.

Breed? Age? BB: Long Haired Collie, 11 years old.

How did you find your pet? BB: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang called for eight dogs to run in a pack that would have been found in the English countryside. I decided to hold an open call and invite all the shelters in the tri-state area to bring dogs, and there was Argyle. He was one of four dogs we adopted that day.

Berloni as a child, with Rexie

Berloni as a child, with Rexie

What is the one thing your pet has eaten that he/she shouldn’t have? BB: By the time Argyle was nine months old, and before we got him, he ate two socks and needed surgery. Knowing that was his history, we made very sure he never got into anything like that.

What person, living or dead, does your pet remind you of and why? BB: Argyle reminds me of the comedian Red Skelton. I remember being a kid and watching his TV show and Red was always kind, helpful — there to put a smile on your face. That is Argyle. Where does your pet sleep? BB: Argyle has a suite in our home where he sleeps with two female dogs who play Sandy. He is their Alpha dog.

Is this your first pet? If not, elaborate? BB: Argyle in not my first pet. As a theatrical animal trainer, I have rescued and owned over 200 animals, all rescues. But Argyle reminds me of my first pet. You never forget you first love.

Do you use a groomer, no groomer? BB: We groom Argyle ourselves. His hair is so long and beautiful if you don’t brush him regularly, he will may badly.

Do you dress your pet? If so, what is his or her favorite, or least favorite thing to wear? BB: We don’t dress Argyle, but you should see the outfits our Legally Blonde chihuahuas have!

Berloni and Argyle

Berloni and Argyle

Best Halloween costume? BB: We put a fake sheepskin on him, and he was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Best trip with your pet? BB: Best trip with Argyle is always Times Square and the bright lights of Broadway.

Favorite Treat? BB: Argyle has Irritable Bowel Syndrome from all the surgeries he had as a pup. He is on a special diet, but a special treat for him is baby food. Yum!

Does your pet do tricks/commands? BB: Besides being trained as an acting dog, he does a great “Lassie” impersonation by holding up a hurt paw.

If you could talk to your pet for five minutes, what would you ask him or her? BB: If I could talk to Argyle for five minutes, I would thank him for being the best dog and taking care of my daughter, Jenna, when she was smaller. She told me he pulled her out of a frozen pond when the ice broke. I would just express my gratitude for taking care of us.

Berloni and Argyle

Berloni and Argyle

Does your pet have a best friend? BB: Argyle’s best friend is my daughter Jenna. He loves me, but took care of the kids first and then came home to me.

Is there a pet product you swear by that you can’t live without? BB: Furimator, a special brush for long hair. It has been so helpful with his coat over these years.

If your pet was a character in a Broadway show, who would that character be? BB: He has been a character in a Broadway show!

If there was one thing you would want people to know about your pet, what would it be? BB: If there was one thing I would want people to know about Argyle is he is the dog everyone wishes they had as a friend.

You and your pet go on a talk show. What is your anecdote about him/her or his/hers about you? BB: During Chitty, we went to do a press event for the Macy’s Day Spring show, and we discovered Argyle dislikes big balloons. He slipped his collar and was running wild around the show. I made a mental note to myself, no balloons ever in our house.

Most embarrassing thing your pet has ever done in public or when guests are over. BB: The most embarrassing thing Argyle does is act so trained everyone thinks he is “Lassie.” I have to keep telling people I trained “Sandy,” “Sandy!” But he looks at me with that big Collie smile, and I forgive him.

Playbill Article By Andrew Gans

Sep 11, 2015



Long-lost Beatrix Potter tale, ‘Kitty-in-Boots,’ rediscovered

February 2nd, 2016 by admin

London (CNN) A “new” Beatrix Potter story found in a museum more than 100 years after it was written is to be published for the first time, with a cameo by Peter Rabbit.

“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” featuring the exploits of “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life” was penned by the much-loved children’s author in 1914.

But the story never made it into print; Potter had completed the text and begun work on the illustrations when, she later explained, “interruptions began.”beatrix book

Those interruptions — from the outbreak of World War I to marriage, illness and a growing interest in farming — meant that the book remained unfinished.

Bundled together with many of Potter’s other papers, it was forgotten until Jo Hanks, a publisher at Penguin Random House, read about it in an out-of-print biography.

“There was a mention of a tale about a cat called Kitty, but I didn’t know how far she’d got with it, or if she’d intended to publish,” Hanks told CNN.

Inspired, she dug around in the archives of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where many of Potter’s papers are kept, and came across what she says was a “lucky find” — a complete manuscript, a dummy version of the book, and two sketches.

Potter’s only known color illustration for the book shows the heroine, Miss Kitty, wearing a tweed jacket, shirt and tie, and carrying a rifle over her shoulder.

So before the story could be unveiled to readers, an artist had to be found to conjure up the pictures which would help bring it to life.

Hanks says there was an obvious choice: Quentin Blake, whose illustrations for Roald Dahl’s children’s books are almost as famous as the characters themselves.

“Quentin was the first person who sprang to mind; his artistic sensibilities are very reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, and they share the same energy and love of rebellious characters.

“He has really brought Kitty off the page, and I think Potter would have approved of him — I think they’d have got on very well.”

Blake, who chose not to see Potter’s original illustration until he had finished his own work on the book, said he had “liked the story immediately.”

“It’s full of incident and mischief and character … I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.”

And for long-term fans of Potter’s work there’s an added extra to look forward to: A special appearance by some old favorites, including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and an all-grown-up version of Peter Rabbit.

“Peter is characterized quite differently in this book,” explains Hanks. “He’s older, rather full-of-himself — no longer the youngster we knew, getting into trouble — he’s transformed into a rather portly buck rabbit.”

“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” will be published on September 1, to mark the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth.

For complete article:

By Bryony Jones, CNN

Tue January 26, 2016

Tickets for Peter Rabbit Tales at the Shubert, Sat. April 23, 2016

with performances at 1:30pm & 4:30pm are now on sale!




Interesting Facts about Guest Artists in The Nutcracker presented by New Haven Ballet

December 9th, 2015 by admin
  1. Sugar Plum Fairy, Simone Messmer, is the cover model on the December issue of Dance Magazine.
  2. Cavalier, Rainer Krenstetter, won first place at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.
  3. Snow King, Jeremy Cox, debuted on Broadway as “Marty” in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away.
  4. Ms. Messmer, Mr. Krenstetter and Mr. Cox are all current or former Principal Dancers with Miami City Ballet.

Nutcracker Guest Principal Dancer Bios


The Nutcracker will be performed by The New Haven Ballet

December 18-20, 2015. Tickets now on sale!




Q&A with “So You Think You Can Dance” Favorite Travis Wall – Stopping at the Shubert with his Dance Company Shaping Sound

September 8th, 2015 by admin

Q&A with So You Think You Can Dance Favorite Travis Wall

On tour with his dance company Shaping Sound, the choreographer talks about his upcoming show, his crazy dreams, and whether he prefers choreographing on men or women

Los Angeles Magazine, October 8, 2014 by Renee Camus

Travis Wall is arguably the most popular contemporary choreographer on the Fox summer series, So You Think You Can Dance, which just finished its stunning 11th season. The 27-year-old Wall has been a staple on the show since he auditioned in season 2, taking second place that year. He returned in season 5 as choreographer. His talent for turning emotion into movement has earned him four Emmy nominations.

In 2012 Wall founded the dance company Shaping Sound with dancers Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson, and SYTYCD Season 1 winner Nick Lazzarini. The company kicks off its second national tour in L.A. this weekend, hitting 36 cities across the United States and four in Canada. We spoke with Wall during rehearsals for the new show.Travis headshot

Shaping Sound is described as “a mash-up of dance styles and musical genres.” How did that come about? We all grew up in dance studios and we’ve all had different careers. Some of us are Broadway dancers, some are commercial dancers, some are concert dancers. Some of us went to college, some didn’t. We’ve taken everything that we’ve learned and applied it to Shaping Sound in a show. It’s not just contemporary dance. We have a lot of different music in the show and it’s really the music that drives the style of dance that we’re doing, but it’s our own take on every style. Some of the sections are really dark, some are beautiful and uplifting. There are rock numbers and a 1920s section, which is more jazz and musical theater, where we get to be like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. All in all it’s really entertaining.

Is it difficult to find a throughline when you have such different musical styles? Yeah, it’s been a work in progress. We came up with the idea [for the show] for our first tour about a year and a half ago, and we had three, four weeks to put it together. The tour sold out. So we got a booking agent and they had so many notes and changes, so many questions. We thought: Now we can figure out the storyline a little better or answer the questions and make it more apparent to the naked eye. So that’s what this time around is, really getting down to the story. We thought we were only going to change about 35 percent and we changed 75 percent of the show. There are a couple recurring numbers, but most are new.

What’s the idea? What can we expect from the show? We’re more than a dance company; you’re coming to see a show. I think it could be a Broadway show or a show in Vegas. There’s a storyline and there’s a full first act and a full second act. You’re following this character through her dreams. You meet her in the beginning and realize that she’s a very broken, hurt, very insecure and abused girl. Then you watch her fall asleep and she has all these experiences in her dreams. You’re rooting for her, you want her to fall in love; you want her to get out of the relationship she’s in. You invest yourself in this character, and along the ride you see these beautiful pictures, you get taken into these different worlds, you have some awesome set pieces moving around.

We picked the concept of a dream because anything can happen in a dream. There are no boundaries in a dream. I dream very vividly; I have nightmares every single night of my life, and I remember every single one of them. I have a really crazy memory with dreaming. I think we’re all very inspired by our dreams.

Is there a throughline or common denominator that comes up in your dreams? Yes, it’s always something about natural disasters, like huge tidal waves or flooding or tornadoes, and sometimes alien attacks [laughs], but always in my dreams I’m trying to save people. I’m trying to get people to higher ground. I don’t really know what that means.

These are all things that you really have no control over too. It must be frustrating sometimes. Absolutely. Sometimes I’m afraid to go to bed, like I don’t want to deal with this again, and I know it’s coming. Sometimes they get so bad. I see people I love die all the time in my dreams, like this is the worst! [laughs] Sometimes I wake up and I’m so distraught by it, and I remember those images so much I can’t start my day off correctly. At work people are like, “Travis, it’s a dream.” Yes, but I just experienced that dream probably for 8 hours, so it feels like real life. [laughs]

I saw a therapist for a while when I was 22 because I had the same exact recurring dream every night for 2 months and I ended up not sleeping. I couldn’t deal with it anymore; I just had to see a therapist. It’s crazy because I went in to see him and he said, “there’s something in your life that’s about to explode. There’s a relationship you’re in, or a situation, and everything is just about to hit the fan, and when it does, it’s going to suck, but then you’re going to stop having these dreams.” And literally within a week, the situation happened, and it blew up. I had a huge, huge falling out with a friend; a backstabbing moment, like an awakening. It tore me apart, but about a month after, when everything was settled, I didn’t have those dreams anymore.

[This incident was the inspiration for Wall’s Emmy-nominated 2011 routine, “How It Ends” with Kent and Neil.]

Do you do most of the choreography for Shaping Sound, or do you share it? It’s very collaborative. We talk about what we’re going to do before we come to the studio. We try to outline pieces of it so we know the way we’re going to go. This time around I’ve taken a huge leadership [role], just getting it done in time, but when it comes to the moves and actual choreography itself, it’s definitely all four [of us]. On top of that, we have the most amazing dancers in our company. There’s a duet in the show with dancers Matthew Peacock and Chelsea Thedinga. They’re a couple and they create all the time together, so we helped them direct it but they’re choreographing their moves too, so it’s really a collaboration of artists.

travis danceHow does it differ from So You Think You Can Dance? It’s very different. On So You Think, you’re creating a minute and a half routine for television and it’s two people. With this, it’s staged and you’re choreographing and directing the whole thing. You’re not just responsible for a minute and a half, you’re responsible for the audience’s experience from the minute they walk in the door until the curtain closes. That’s a lot of responsibility. Obviously, you’re going to say, “I can definitely tell Travis did this,” just because people have become so familiar with my choreography because of the television show. But we get to do so much more. I don’t have to worry about standards and practices [laughs], I don’t have to worry that maybe he can’t touch her like this. We obviously keep in mind it’s a family-friendly show, but there’s no boundaries, we get to do whatever we want, and that’s really what the difference is. With So You Think there’s a structure you have to abide by.

Do you have a lot of young fans? Our young fans are dance fans so they’re not fazed by it. [Laughs] It’s not something they haven’t seen before. I don’t see the problem with bringing a 6-year-old who hasn’t really seen dance before. It’s a little sexual, [but] it’s always tasteful, but I think it depends on the child if they’re ready to see that or not. It’s just in a couple numbers, but I definitely think that some of the stuff that happens in the show would be really mind-blowing to a child. Like, “wow, I want to be a dancer! I want to get up on the stage and do that.” It is inspiring.

In some ways you’re known on the show for choreographing for men, but you mentioned that you prefer choreographing for women. Is that true? I love choreographing on men and women together. I love partnering. Mostly in my partner work, I’m showcasing the girl. It’s more classical ballet treatment where the guy stands there and he moves the girl completely around. I’m slowly trying to get better at moving the guy a little bit more. [Laughs] But I love the shapes that women create and the technique involved with it. I love lines and I love using the girl’s technical ability to its fullest extent. But more than that, I love choreographing a group of guys. I love the partnering and the group lifts we can do, and I just like dancing with guys. [laugh] Growing up, we never got to do that. I didn’t have guys at my studio, and at the time it wasn’t really [done]. The guys’ piece I did on So You Think this year is one of my favorites I’ve ever done, because it’s so nice to see guys move like that. Usually when it’s guys it has to be hip-hop, or it’s got to be strong and in your face, instead of making them move really slowly and beautifully, and have technique as well, and create gorgeous pictures and still not be feminine. It can be masculine in the same way, but it’s still beautiful.

You perform in the show too. Do you ever have difficulty balancing performing with choreography? I have fallen back in love with dancing. I fell out of love with it for a minute because I was so in love with choreography and I had a lot of body problems. But I realize getting older that I can’t dance for that long. I’ve learned to work around my body problems and take care of myself better and realized that I can still dance and move people without necessarily getting my leg past 90 [degrees]. [laughs] So I’m dancing a lot in the show. People are familiar with my choreography, but not many people get to see me dance anymore so it’s really nice to be able to give back to the audience. They get to see me do my own choreography, which is cool.

Shaping Sound will be at The Shubert Theatre for One Performance Only! Sunday, November 15th at 3pm. Tickets may be purchased at or by phone at 203.562.5666 or 888.736.2663. The Shubert Box Office is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Closed weekends.

Why the Hit Show ‘Kinky Boots’ IS a Family Musical

August 31st, 2015 by admin

kinky The original Kinky Boots cast(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

In advance of “Kinky Boots” at the Shubert June 8-12, 2016, we are sharing blog posts from various  sources to give our patrons an idea of what the show is about, and understand why it’s such a smash hit! 



“Children are smarter than any of us,” said Bill Hicks, the late comedian and satirist. “Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.”

But seriously, kids are often wiser than we give them credit for. And sometimes they can find true inspiration in places that may not seem initially obvious. Take the Broadway hit show Kinky Boots, which is now touring throughout the United States. In the Tony Award-winning musical, the owner of an old school shoe factory has to find a fabulously creative way to keep his family’s business from going under. So he takes some untraditional steps to save the company. But more than that, as the show’s lyrics tell us, the musical is about how to “celebrate yourself triumphantly” and “accept yourself and you’ll accept others too.”

Some people may not automatically think, Kinky Boots – great family show. But don’t be thrown by the title. I asked Daryl Roth, a Kinky Boots producer with Hal Luftig, why the show is wonderful for families.

What lessons can children learn from the show that they can bring with them into adulthood?

At the end of the day, Kinky Boots is about acceptance – accepting yourself and accepting other people for who they are: the importance of kindness, understanding, and friendship. What better lesson could you want to teach your child? It also addresses bullying, and that’s sadly an issue so many kids face now. Not only that, but there’s lots of costumes with glitter and great music which makes you want to dance in the aisles, and I think kids love that, too!

Roughly what percentage of your Broadway audience includes families?

In recent months, around 21% of our audience has been families, which is approximately the Broadway musical average. That’s definitely higher than it was when the show first started running, so I think people are less scared off by the title than they used to be. And the word of mouth is that it’s a great show for young people and families. When I visit the theater, I see families all the time, and young people really enjoying the experience. My own grandchildren (ages 10, 12, and 14) have seen the show numerous times, love it, and know the soundtrack by heart!

 What’s the youngest age that would you recommend a child should be to see Kinky Boots?

While Telecharge recommends 10 and up, my youngest granddaughter saw it for the first time at 8 and enjoyed it as much as her older sisters. We have had children as young as 6 come to see it. And one young girl who came to visit the show posted a video about how much it meant to her. It was really charming. It depends on the maturity of the child, but there’s absolutely nothing inappropriate in this show that kids cannot see – no bad language, no scary characters. When you learn about acceptance, understanding, and love at a young age, it will help define how you live your life.

What kind of response have you gotten from families who have seen Kinky Boots?

I hear all the time from friends, colleagues, and people I meet at the theater about how their families and the young people in their lives have had a meaningful experience at Kinky Boots. And I met with a sixteen-year-old from New Jersey who has seen the show over twenty times. The heart of the musical is about families, friendship, and love – something for all ages, a show that families can share together.


For tickets to Kinky Boots at the Shubert New Haven June 8-12, 2016, visit or call the Shubert Box Office at 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663.








By JERYL BRUNNER @jerylbrunner

February 11, 2015

Three times the charm! – A Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camper says his experience just keeps getting better each year!

April 27th, 2015 by admin

There are many things that I consider fun and memorable about the Shubert Co-Op camp. There are many great things I can say, but there is not enough time or space.  My first summer at the Shubert Co-Op Camp was fantastic!  I was always made to feel very welcome. Faculty and my fellow campers were always very positive and encouraged me to pursue various roles and characters. I made many friends. The teachers were very supportive. The teachers were very funny and clever and never Aladdin 1boring. I enjoyed the early morning exercises and fun gimmicks that woke me up. I remember very vividly a teacher’s assistant named David that led student activities. I really liked him. He was funny and smart and full of life and humor.

I was much more comfortable my second year at the camp and I loved how a lot of people from the year before came back.  This included teachers, assistants, and campers. I always felt that the camp went out of its way to make sure that no student felt unhappy or unwelcome. In some ways the camp was like one big family and everybody was adopted into it. I enjoyed each brief period after lunch time when the camp would split into groups and do different activities. These would be activities such as dodgeball or watching a movie. This provided campers the opportunity to make friends among the other campers and meet new people.

pb&jI enjoyed the field trips and the independence of attending camp in the city of New Haven. I never felt that I was treated like a baby. I like feeling like a big kid. I really look forward to returning this summer for another fun and action packed experience!

                         Matthew L.


The Shubert, The Stagehands and Me!

February 26th, 2015 by admin

So…10 years ago, in 2005, when I was just a wee lass…

I walked onto the stage of the Shubert Theatre. I was a member of The Nebraska Theater Caravan’s A Christmas Carol.   I was the second Electrician and Follow Spot Operator, a year out of college and touring the states for the first time. Though not originally from New Haven, I had visited friends who worked at Long Wharf and Yale Repertory in previous years and learned about the Shubert Theater – its legendary shows and artists. Then the realization hit me: I was walking into one of my first Theatrical Union operated houses – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, specifically Local 74, which has been associated with the Shubert Theatre since it’s inception in 1914.   At the end of my 3-day visit, I was lucky enough to be able to sign the basement halls of the Shubert, where many touring companies have signed their names before me. I traveled on home to Iowa, but quickly found myself back in New Haven working for Regional Theaters around Connecticut and found some familiar faces along my journey, those of the Members of Local 74.

Fast forward to 2015, when A Broken Umbrella Theater is scheduled to perform an original work onstage at the Shubert. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to design scenery for this world premiere production. Though various creation workshops and rehearsals a show quickly formed. We wanted to share the inner workings of what happens in the life of theater artists and technicians. And, it occurred to me that theater-goers never get the chance to see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into each production. When the audience walks into the Shubert, or any other theater in the world, they are treated to a well-oiled and polished spectacle; actors flit in and out of light while scenery magically shifts from one location to another. There is a form of magic produced in front of their very eyes. The Shubert walls disappear and the audience is transported into the world of the show onstage. This magic performed at the Shubert is produced and perfected by the men and women backstage, the Stagehands of Local 74. I have had the pleasure to witness the endless talent of these folks backstage and my goal was to figure out a way to share what I see with the audiences of SEEN CHANGE!. I want to share the feeling I had when I first walked onto the stage at the Shubert. To see the walls of the Shubert Theater as it waits for the start of a performance. To share how the stage transforms into what audiences expects to see – a finished production filled with magic. To see the stage at the end of the night – put to sleep, waiting for it’s next group of weary travelers.

Through this production we have been able to pay homage to the work that goes into all aspects of the theatrical world. To share the lives of the Stagehands who have worked tirelessly to perfect their art along side the actors who perform nightly. I am lucky to have learned from them and look forward to learning more. I am amazed to be onstage at the Shubert, where so many great artists have come before me. I would like to say thank you to the Stagehands of Local 74 – without you we could not have performed our magic.


Janie Alexander, A Broken Umbrella Theatre


Two Seconds after summer vacation begins, you hear “Mom, I’m bored!!!”

June 9th, 2014 by admin

Fear not, weary parents, the Shubert Summer Theater and Arts Camp is still taking campers!

While the camp program offers great theater and arts skills – it also offers a great social environment where the kids interact before and after formal sessions, and develop great friendship and a support network for one another.  In that vein…David Letterman may have 10 of them, but since these are kids, we’ll cut it in half and present to you….


Top five fun things about Shubert Summer Theater and Arts Camp you might not know about:

5)  Uno!  Uno cards are a hot commodity in the morning before classes begin and during lunch.  Last year, there were about 5 sets going at any one time.  It’s not uncommon to see a table of 8 or 10 people, campers and Teaching Assistant’s (TA’s) changing colors and drawing 4.









4)  The Tree of Common Ground.  A few times a week, campers are asked a question and get to fill out a “leaf” with their answer.  It’s a fun and artistic way to learn about each other and make discoveries about things we all have in common.









3)  LanyardsEach camper and staff member wears a lanyard with their name tag.  Some campers decorate their name tags, some hang other things off of their lanyards, and some make them an extra pocket, tucking things like care cards (see #1) in the back of their nametags.










2)  Chernak.  Nobody’s more fun than Mr. Chernak, one of the camp teachers.

chernak 2

chernak 1








1)  Camp Care Cards.  Any time a camper is “caught” doing something nice or being supportive of someone else or the group, a teacher or TA (Teacher’s Assistant)  can give them a Camp Care Card.  Each week, they get to put their cards into buckets for raffle prizes of their choice.  Prizes have included posters, book bags with school supplies, gift cards, and, of course, Uno cards!  Everyone’s tickets go into the big grand prize drawings at the end of camp—last year there were 2 tickets to STOMP at the Shubert, and a scholarship to camp this summer!

camp care card


For more information about the Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp visit:  

Contributor:  Kelly Wuzzardo, Director of Education and Outreach, Shubert Theatre

Turn your Shubert experience into a piece of art — Announcing the Shubert 100th Anniversary Calendar Art Contest!

June 4th, 2014 by admin

When you spend so much time counting down to the theater’s 100th anniversary, life becomes filled with calendars.  Calendars of events, calendars of shows…calendars of deadlines!!  You know that scene in every old movie where the calendar pages rip off in the wind and blow away…picture 100 years of those.  It stands to reason, then, that we’ve decided to do a 100th anniversary commemorative calendar.   calendar-show-page

Our 100th is a way for us to engage new audiences and expand the experiences of our current audiences, so we want the calendar to reflect the Shubert Community.   Your Shubert story is part of our Shubert history.  We want art that reflects your memories and experiences at the Shubert.

Think about it.  What was the first show you saw the Shubert?  Was it a premiere?  Maybe you came with your family, or maybe you were on a date.  Maybe your first experience with the Shubert wasn’t actually a show at all.  Perhaps you were a kid who participated in our Movin’ program at your school.  Or you attended one of our holiday open houses and did arts and crafts, ate popcorn, and had your face painted in the lobby.

If you’re an artist, the calendar art contest is for you! Click on the link below for more details.  We want to see through your art what the Shubert has meant to you in your life. 

Enter the Shubert’s 100th anniversary calendar art contest  now:


Contributor:  Kelly Wuzzardo, Director of Education and Outreach, Shubert Theatre