2011 Cash Raffle Winners!

   1st Prize, $3,000: Laura Marchese of West Hartford
     2nd Prize, $2,000: Deborah Lang of New Hope, PA 
     3rd Prize, $1,000: Pamela Bianca of New Britain
     4th Prize, $1,000: Ron Slosser of Bristol
     5th Prize, $500: Dottie Salvio of New Britain
     6th Prize, $500: Ryan Kennedy of West Hartford
 
thanks to everyone who participated for making the event a big success!!

Tosca gets reviewed in the town times!

Tosca's Kiss Comes to Middletown and New Britain
 
Special to Town Times by Larry Kellum
 
Puccini's "TOSCA", commonly referred to in the opera world as "that shabby little shocker" shocked and rocked New Britain's Trinity-on-Main May 13 when the Conn. Lyric Opera (CLO) presented the Italian masterpiece at the historic, revamped old church. As is always the case with this company, the production will tour the state during the week and  culminate at Middletown High School's wonderful Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 21. This opera has everything -- violence galore, hit tunes, religion, history -- and should be as well received by Middlesex County music lovers as it was by New Britain's. The cast members, all plagued during rehearsals by that nasty round of pollen allergies and head colds that invaded the state last week, should all be in full recovery.
 
Floria Tosca is the ultimate glamour-goddess role -- a prima donna portraying a prima donna. While it isn't the dramatic coloratura marathon that is Lady Macbeth, every soprano at some point aspires to sing it, for it contains many knockout high  C's, ravishing music, and perhaps the greatest acting challenges, physical and emotional, of any female part other than maybe Puccini's own equally popular Madame Butterfly. Rising to the daunting task was Jurate Svedaite, resident diva of CLO. She is by nature and temperment a muy simpatica lyric soprano, not the edgy spinto the role calls for. Predictably, she reveled in the lyric aspects of the part -- the tender love duets with Mario and the beautiful "Vissi d'arte" aria. What was not expected was the gutsy tigress she became onstage in her powerful confrontations with Scarpia in Act 2. Those high C's were all bullseyes, the chest voice had just the right cutting impact, she scorched and she sizzled in probably the best performance she has ever given anywhere to date, one that can only get even better with repetition.
 
As her evil nemesis Scarpia, audiences usually get the classic caricature villain-- a middle-aged, potbellied baritone in a white powdered wig -- an obvious turn-off to any woman. However, when he looks like Luke Scott -- tall, slender, young, handsome -- it adds an unusual sexual twist, however subtle, to the drama, and makes the Police Chief's malignancy that much more terrifying and complex. To boot, Scott has an absolutely gorgeous voice as smooth as a fine Chardonnay, one that excelled in the role's many parlando passages. Unfortunately, though, he was still suffering from his indisposition and had no choice but to let the orchestra swamp his biggest outbursts.
 
In this opera, the painter Mario is the center of attention -- the reason for the murderous acts committed by Tosca and Scarpia -- so a tenor of stature with an effortless top is paramount. Here John Tsotsoros came through with flying colors, managing to also sound both boyish and manly as needed. Laurentiu Rotaru was deluxe casting as Angelotti and Matthew Gamble was finally(!) a Sacristan who didnt try to be funny.
 
As with every Conn. Lyric production, maestro Adrian Sylveen's Conn. Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is the orchestra of choice. Despite a couple of expected opening night kinks and missed cues along the way, Sylveen held his forces together with his usual aplomb and gave this verismo orchestration its full due.
 
For tickets to Middletown's performance, please call Barbara Arafeh at 860-347-4887. For more information on the big, blockbuster season that Sylveen , Svedaite and the CLO have lined up for next season (now three(!) operas, many chamber concerts), please visit www.thevirtuosi.org or call Trinity-on-Main at 860-229-2072.

Ticket to Ride now on sale!

Tickets to our May 27th Ticket to Ride concert are now officially on sale.

Check out the video below (filmed the last time they were here) and click here to purchase your tickets

St. Patrick's Day Party

Announcing a big St. Patrick's Day party on March 17th

Featuring The Rude Mechanicals, reuben sandwiches, and green beer!

Phoenix Theater in residence at TOM!

Trinity-On-Main is pleased to announce that Phoenix Theater Company has given up their nomadic ways and has taken up permanent residence at Trinity-on-Main performance center in downtown New Britain, CT.  Phoenix Theater has moved props, costumes, set building and their administrative office to the iconic fixture on Main Street.  The Phoenix Theater will become the newest in-residence arts organization residing at T-O-M joining The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the New Britain Youth Theater, Roy Ryzak Designs (technical theater lighting) and Steve Adams Photography. A sixth organization will be announced shortly.

Previously located in East Hartford and performing at different venues around the state, Phoenix Theater Company now has a permanent home in central CT’s thriving and growing arts center.  Founder Chris Ryan is ecstatic to take up residence at Trinity-on-Main and bring Phoenix’s unique brand of theater to New Britain’s flourishing art scene.

Anne Pilla, Executive Director of Trinity-on-Main, welcomes Phoenix Theater Company to New Britain. “With the addition of Phoenix Theater Company, Trinity-on-Main is now able to offer the community a wide range of arts and cultural programming under one roof.  From musicals to opera, comedy to youth productions, it’s all here.”

Phoenix Theater Company has been producing plays and musicals since 2004.  Recent shows include: “Dracula”, “Parallel Lives”, “Nunsense”, “The Odd Couple”, “My Name is Alice”, “Greetings”, “Evita”, “Cabaret”, and its signature production “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Phoenix Theater Company will tackle an ambitious agenda with four productions this year beginning with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” on March 4, 2011 running through March 19th.     The play is a bawdy, hilarious romp through all the Bards plays in just 90 minutes.  For information on Phoenix Theater please visit www.phoenixtheater.us.  For ticket information call (860) 229-207or visit our website at www.trinityonmain.org 

Dracula

We are half way through our run of Dracula here at Trinity-on-Main. This weekend is the final weekend of performances. Make sure to show up in costume on Friday October 29th and Saturday October 30th to be entered in our costume competition.

Our neighbor's across the street, Vito's Tavern are offering some food specials on performance nights when you present your Dracula ticket stub. These include:

1/2 priced appetizers

$2 Vito's in house beer

martini specials

Our New Sign

 

Finally we have a great new sign at the corner of Main St and Chestnut St!  

New Seats!

The new theater seats are finally installed and looking great!

 

New carpeting is on the way