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William Gillette: The Professor

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Brought to you by Staehly Farm and Winery
Weekends only, July 7th through August 12th, 2018

East Haddam Stage Company hits a milestone! 10th anniversary of live theatre at Gillette Castle State Park! Named Resident Theatre Company at Gillette Castle State Park in 2017, EHSCO is proud to announce the show for this special season: a comedy based on William Gillette's 1890 Victorian farce The Professor. Producing Artistic Director, Kandie Carle, has whittled the massive, 4 act extravaganza down to a 30-minute, 4 character romp.

The four actors are:

  • Andrew Goehring of Essex CT as The Professor, Arthur Hinsdale

  • Maggie Walsh of Ivoryton CT as Daisy Thomkins

  • George Lombardo of Wethersfield CT as Mr. Thomkins (Daisy's father)

  • Jennifer Nadeau of Moodus CT as Mrs. Fanny Elliot (the Professor's sister)

Written and Directed by Kandie Carle

The play takes place at a resort hotel, The Seventh Sister Inn, summer 1890. When the Professor's sister Fanny invites him to join her, it isn't just to see the countryside, she has her sights on being a matchmaker! While her naive but brilliantly scientific brother tries, he stumbles (literally and figuratively) all over the place. And Daisy's father has a thing or two to say about this young man's attentions to his daughter. The fun includes clever repartee, a signature of William Gillette's comedic style. Will the bumbling Professor win the young lady in the end? Come see the show to find out!

(Gillette originally set the show at a resort in New Hampshire, but EHSCO is placing it in East Haddam, giving the fictional Inn the name Gillette originally gave his retirement home in the early 1900s, the Seventh Sister, which is now known as Gillette Castle)

East Haddam Stage Company at Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam CT

The comedy: The Professor

Weekends only, July 7th through August 12th, 2018

Shows are 30 minutes and run at 1:00pm and again at 2:30pm on the outdoor stage near the house

Sponsored by Staehly Farm and Winery, the shows are free and open to the public

The audience area is wheelchair accessible. There is limited bleacher and bench seating, so visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

Unless rain is actually coming out of the sky onto the stage at show time, the show will go on.





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