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Interview with our Shubert Stars Volunteers – This week features John & Carol

September 18th, 2014 by admin

Name: John & Carol

Employer/Position:  Retired

Town you live in: Branford

How long have you been a volunteer? 2 years

What attracted you to volunteer at the Shubert?

We both enjoy live theater performances, especially musicals. We appreciate the opportunity to see many shows we would not have otherwise experienced.  It has certainly expanded our appreciation of a wide variety of artists and performances.  As a volunteer, rather than just attending those performances, it is most exciting to be part of the team that welcomes the audiences to the shows. 

Volunteering at the Shubert was something we decided to do in retirement, thinking it would be nice to have events to look forward to with so much more time on our hands. After volunteering for two years, we realize we should have done this years ago and just made the time to do it.  It is the best.

In what area do you volunteer?  I.e.: usher, coat check, etc.  Usher, Front of House

BEST story while volunteering?

We don’t have any one story but one of the nicest experiences has been seeing the children come in to see The Nutcracker at Christmas time.  We saw so many little girls are dressed up in their finest, some carrying American Girl dolls dressed in tutus.  You could almost feel their excitement, while at the same time some of the children, especially some little boys, seemed to be more interested in the selection at the candy counters than the show.  But once the ballet started, you could see that everyone was captivated by the music, dance and costumes.  We especially enjoy seeing the children at shows, but the diversity of the audiences the various shows attract is always so interesting to see.  Downtown Farmers' Market July 2014

Favorite Shubert show?  Les Miserables…saw it three times.

Favorite New Haven restaurant?

Jury still out on that one but the Wooster Street pizza places are definitely top of the list of contenders.

Other hobbies you have?

As retired people we are fortunate to have time to enjoy our interests. We are both avid readers.  John volunteers at The Trolley Museum as a conductor and marketing director.  Carol has been a hospice volunteer for several years.  We both enjoy volunteering  at the Branford Community Garden, helping maintain a large plot to provide fresh organically grown vegetables to the Community Dining Room and Pantry.  We also plant a smaller plot to grow produce to share with family and friends.  Our very best time is spent with our five beautiful grandchildren who happen to leave nearby! 

Memories of Joan Rivers

September 8th, 2014 by admin

Joan Rivers performed at the Shubert a number of years ago for a benefit performance.  I was the operations manager at the time and met her when she arrived to take her to her dressing room and the stage.  I remember that she had a bad cold and didn’t feel very well, but she soldiered through to do the show anyway.  She was very sweet and appreciative of all of the backstage staff and crew that worked on the show.  She didn’t act like a celebrity, but like a fellow member of the theater profession.  


Kelly Wuzzardo

Director of Education & Outreach

Shubert Theatre