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It Felt Like Entering Grover’s Corners

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 10, 2014 9:28 am

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience. This installment is from “tech day,” the first day the actors move into the theater to check out the lighting, set, sound cues, and costumes.

The start of tech was filled with excitement … and the knowledge that it was going to be a long day.

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A Little Late To Rehearsal—& A Little Wiser

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 8, 2014 12:23 pm

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience.

I got an e-mail last night before from the production stage manager notifying me that I would be called at 11:30 a.m. today.  My mom and I headed out on our usual route, but because of the traffic going over the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, my mom looked at me and informed me, “You’re probably going to be a little late. Can you text Michelle [the child wrangler] letting her know we’ll be a little late?”

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Cool Events This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Aug 14, 2014 8:19 am

Head to the Green for music, plays and plants.  Even your pets can get involved this weekend at the town’s version of Woodstock, i.e. Woofstock.

Thursday, August 14

Round Robin Shakespeare

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Will Stony Creek Association Have Input in Future of Puppet House?

by Diana Stricker | Aug 12, 2014 8:24 am

Diana Stricker Photo It appears the curtain won’t be closing anytime soon on the saga involving the Stony Creek Association (SCA) and the Legacy Theatre board, which is trying to renovate the former Puppet House and open a repertoire theater. 

Some SCA board members and residents have expressed concerns about parking, programming, and the number of hours and days the building will be used. They are also concerned that the venue may be rented out for parties or other functions.

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Branford Green Rocks With Sax Great Elan Trotman

by marcia chambers | Aug 1, 2014 12:09 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was rocking last night with Elan Trotman on Sax raising the sounds so high the audience stood up to join in.

Bill O'Brien Photo His group played in front of over 1,000 folks who came to the Green for the 6th concert in the Branford Jazz series this summer.

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Puppet House Renovation Permit Appealed

by Diana Stricker | Aug 1, 2014 9:01 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Legacy Theatre has received a permit allowing the owners to renovate the interior of the former Puppet House in Stony Creek, but the process is not without drama. The Stony Creek Association (SCA) has filed an appeal, and attorneys for both sides have met in an attempt to discuss issues such as parking and programming.

“People who don’t live in Stony Creek have no concept of what could happen” in regard to parking and traffic, said Dan Bullard, SCA president. Parking in the popular seaside village is typically a problem in the summer and whenever special events occur.

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Jazz Legend Lifts The Green

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 22, 2014 10:11 am

Paul Bass File photo When he was 13, back in 1940, Donn Trenner started his own jazz orchestra, the Donn Trenner Orchestra, at the old downtown Hillhouse High School in New Haven. The orchestra included 16 of his local classmates who played jazz arrangements that Trenner wrote for them.

“Now, there are jazz orchestras in a lot of schools and it’s become a definite art form and it’s very special,” Trenner said. “In my high school, that wasn’t the case.  Mine was the only band,” he told the Eagle in an interview after a recent concert on the Branford Green.

Jazz took over his life, as it has been known to do. He managed to graduate from high school and then took off for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to sign up with a swing band.

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Cool Events In Branford This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Jul 10, 2014 8:17 am

If you like jazz and bluegrass, this weekend is for you. If not, that’s okay too: You can find new plants for your garden or join the Blackstone Library for kids’ crafts.

Thursday, July 10

Branford Jazz on the Green Series

 

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The “New Duke” Swings Branford

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 9, 2014 12:33 pm

He plucked his bass string.  Cleo Laine’s voice began to accompany him.  It was 1974 and Carnegie Hall heard jazz double-bassist and composer Brian Torff for the first time—and he was only 20.

Forty years later, Torff is still playing—most recently on the Branford Green.

Today, Torff is a music program director at Fairfield University, Fairfield Arts Council’s 2008 artist of the year, and the Branford Jazz on the Green series’ latest performer.  Click on the video to hear him play Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” last Thursday night on the Green.

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Cool Events In Branford This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Jun 26, 2014 1:33 pm

Get involved this weekend. Start off by listening to Jazz on the Green. Next, maybe stop by the Branford Flower Show with family or friends. If you’re still looking for things to do, try a scenic tour of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek.

Thursday, June 26

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