Simsbury Summer Theatre for Youth



our 2021 Musical  

We are very excited about our Summer 2021 program! We will be producing and performing Working: The Musical .   Featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, and many others, Working: The Musical  is based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, and paints a vivid portrait of the professions that the world so often takes for granted.


Shows will be Thursday, August 5, 7 p.m., Friday, August 6, 7 p.m., and Saturday, August 7, 2 p.m. Shows will be held at Henry James Memorial School (155 Firetown Rd., Simsbury).
Per Simsbury Public School guidelines, all audience members must be masked, regardless of vaccination status.

Please email us with any questions.

About SST

Our mission statement: 
Simsbury Summer Theatre for Youth (SSTFY) was formed in Simsbury, CT in 1966 to produce a full-scale Broadway musical for youth members in the region entering 9th grade through age 22, allowing them to experience constructive educational opportunities in theatre arts during the six weeks of summer production. SSTFY's goal is to develop performance and organizational skills on a multitude of important levels, creating self-confidence and promoting friendships among all participants while providing enjoyable entertainment for residents of Simsbury and surrounding towns.  SSTFY is open to all students interested in developing poise, self-assurance, and skills in artistic expression such as singing, acting, dancing, orchestra participation, and backstage technical work. The organization provides young people with challenges to meet, leadership and learning opportunities onstage and off, adult mentorship, and a deep sense of community in which friendships have been forged for life. Participants learn how to put on a show, and have the opportunity to take a leadership role running a non-profit on the Youth Board as they learn about themselves and what they can accomplish.  SSTFY is a place where hard work, commitment, enthusiasm, teamwork, and active learning provide the foundation for artistic self-expression.

Simsbury Summer Theatre for Youth is well-known for its exceptional annual production of a full-scale Broadway musical. Under the direction of a new team of talented theatre professionals, for six weeks each summer, SST provides a comprehensive, challenging, and fun educational experience for its members.

SSTFY is a self-funded, not-for-profit private community theatre organization committed to giving young adults the opportunity to learn, create, express, and enjoy the magic of theatre, both on stage and off. Unpaid internships with personal letters of recommendation and community service hours are available for behind the scenes leadership in costuming, set building, and other key tech roles.

Join us for our 56th show! We can't wait to put on an amazing show with you!

tickets

Performances will be held in the new auditorium at Henry James Memorial School, 155 Firetown Rd, Simsbury, CT.  Performances are scheduled for Thursday, August 5th and Friday, August 6th at 7:00 PM, and Saturday August 7th at 2:00 PM. Per Simsbury Public School guidelines, all audience members must be masked, regardless of vaccination status.

Please read carefully as ticketing and seating is a little different this year at our new venue!

Adult tickets are $15.00. Senior/student tickets are $10.00. All tickets are general seating. Your PayPal ticket purchase confirmation will allow entry to the performance. Please bring a printed copy or show the purchase confirmation on your mobile device.

Audience capacity will be capped at 200 for each performance to ensure ample room for social distancing.

Click below to buy tickets now. Tickets can also be purchased at the theater beginning approximately 1 hour before the show begins.

If you need assistance or require accessible seating please call the ticket line at 860-325-0143 and leave a message with your name and telephone number. One of our ticket volunteers will assist you.

Tickets must be purchased at the door. Ticket sales will begin at 6 PM. Cash or check only.

FAQ

I am not comfortable with any in-person meetings; will I still be able to participate and get the experience?

Yes! All workshops and videos will be available virtually, via a members-only Facebook page (we will accommodate anyone who doesn't use Facebook). Students will also be able to record their songs at home with tracks that we will provide.

How will the kids who attend in-person be kept socially distant?

We will be following whatever the state standards are at the time. Everyone who attends will be required to wear a mask. Kids will be separated into groups the size of whatever the state standards are.

Where will the in-person meetings be held?
We will be meeting outdoors at the Grange in West Simsbury (236 Farms Village Road, across from the post office). There is parking in the Grange parking lot as well as in the adjacent shopping center.

What safety measures will the SST adults be implementing?

All adults will also wear masks. Everyone who attends will be responsible for washing hands before arrival. We will be taking everyone's temperature upon arrival with a contactless thermometer. Hand sanitizer will be available. All indoor surfaces will be cleaned prior to students' arrival each day, and sanitized between uses.

How will in-person singing be done?

There will be no full group in-person singing. One-on-one and small groups will rehearse at least 6 feet apart, facing different directions (toward open doors and windows if indoors), or outdoors. Group recordings will be done in individual pieces.

In the past, SST has had snacks on some occasions. How will snacks be handled this summer?

We will not be providing snacks this summer. Kids may bring their own snacks, if necessary.

What will I need to bring with me if I attend in-person?

A face mask will be required. Please bring something to sit outdoors on, whether it be a camp chair or beach towel. You will need to bring your sheet music, preferably in a folder or binder, and a pencil. A water bottle and snack (if you think you'll need one). Perhaps some bug spray.

How will I do a virtual audition?

Best options are to record yourself using the Smule Sing app, or a YouTube karaoke track. Please choose a musical theatre song, and record a verse and chorus (which is around 38 measures). Please email your audition no later than June 24.

Join Us!

2021 Fees: Fees may be paid in increments. Please send us an email if you have any questions about fees or to set a plan. Payment in full is due by June 14. After June 14, 50% refunds will be given if a member chooses to not participate.

  • Cast Member: $600, Siblings $300
  • Tech Crew Member: $200
  • Instrumental Member: $200

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PAST shows

We are proud to have produced a musical every summer since 1966. Here is the past decade of shows.

2020 - Cabaret 2020: Some Good Tunes

Our 2020 season was a summer like no other, as we were met with the challenge of COVID-19. Once it became clear that we were not going to be able to perform Grease  as we had planned, the SST Board, along with an amazing Production Team, worked diligently to offer an alternative and enriching opportunity for students who were desperate, after months of quarantine, to be able to create.

Working with the ever-changing approved guidelines from the Governor's office, we created a physically-distant summer program which we call Cabaret 2020: Some Good Tunes. We chose songs from musicals that would uplift our members, as well as our audience. For 4 weeks, 31 members and our staff met 4 nights a week, outdoors, wearing masks, keeping physical distance, checking temperatures, and diligently sanitizing, so that we could safely continue to do what we love and produce Simsbury Summer Theatre's 55th show.

We learned music, choreography, built set pieces and painted backdrops, wrote our own scripts, and enjoyed several workshops from guest speakers who graciously came to talk to us about several aspects of theater. We audio and video recorded 23 songs individually, which our Music Producer seamlessly compiled to make it sound like we were singing together.

While this was definitely a summer with challenges we never could have expected, we all learned so much about keeping safe, the wonders of technology, and how to create something beautiful, even in the midst of a pandemic. For Simsbury Summer Theatre, "The Show Must (and did) Go On!"

Watch Cabaret 2020

2019 - The Drowsy Chaperone
2018 - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
2017 - On the Town
2016 - The Music Man
2015 - Fiddler on the Roof
2014 - Carousel
2013 - Cinderella
2012 - Bye Bye Birdie
2011 - Pippin

This year's production
Show Dates: July 30-August 1

Grease is the word!

Get out your hair gel and your bobby socks and dance your way to SST this summer because we are going back to 1959 and performing one of the most loved and iconic musicals of all time!

Our 55th annual production, Grease, is a well-known and well-loved musical about American high schoolers, featuring music in the rock ‘n roll style of the 1950s. The hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping “Pink Ladies” sing and dance their way through their senior year of high school. Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love. The score borrows heavily from the sounds of early rock and roll. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

With 17 named roles and a large ensemble, this is truly a show where everyone will shine! Our new Production Team is committed to precisely that!

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History

The Simsbury Summer Theatre for Youth was founded in 1966 when approximately 100 high school and college students presented L’il Abner at Eno Memorial Hall. Each year since, SST has produced a Broadway musical, moving from Eno Hall to the Simsbury High School stage, to the Westminster School’s Centennial Theater, and back to Simsbury High School in 2020! SST alumni have starred in Broadway and regional shows and become Grammy-winning artists, pursuing careers in directing, technical theater, and instrumental and vocal performance. Others are enjoying life outside the performing arts mainstream, staying involved through community groups. Read more...

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Meet Our 2021 Production Staff

Amanda (Mandy) Mulé

Artistic Director

Amanda (Mandy) Mulé is a proud alumnus of Simsbury Summer Theatre for Youth. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut and obtained a certificate in Critical Pedagogy for Music Education from Westminster Choir College. Mandy also has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Joseph. She founded several acting and production workshops for Simsbury Public Library and other local organizations. As Teaching Artist for Hartford Children’s Theatre and Hartford Stage’s Education Department, she taught private and group music and acting classes. Mandy currently teaches for South Windsor Public Schools and instructs private voice and acting for children and young adults. Years ago, she was lucky enough to meet some of her closest friends while appearing in seven SST productions. She is now delighted to help provide the same life-changing summer experience as Artistic Director!

Marc Sokolson

Music Director

Marc Sokolson is excited to be returning to the Simsbury Summer Theatre team as this year’s Music Director! He has music directed and played piano for nearly twenty productions for several groups, including Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, and Little Shop of Horrors.  In addition to music directing, he also produces music and albums for various artists from across the East Coast and is the Founder and Creative Director of Tilted Keyboard Studios. While working on SST’s show this summer, Marc is also the Mixing Engineer for the concept album for Kalevala The Musical in New York City and in pre-production for the U.S. premiere of the concert version of Death Note: The Musical. He is currently a student at the University of Connecticut studying Music, Mathematics, and Statistics and is a Simsbury High School alum, class of 2018.


Rachel Armstrong

Choreographer

Rachel Armstrong is excited to return to Simsbury Summer Theatre for her second year! Rachel has been a resident of Simsbury for the past 7 years. For the past 15 years she has been a dance instructor and choreographer throughout the Hartford area. She attended UConn with a major in kinesiology. She has performed on stage with Theater Guild of Simsbury, and West Hartford Community Theater. She is currently choreographing at Little Theater of Manchester.

Sheridan Schreyer

Stage Manager

Sheridan Schreyer is thrilled to join the Simsbury Summer Theatre family as this year's Stage Manager! Sheridan hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania (lovingly known as Amish Country) and currently resides in Hartford. Performing in her first show at age nine, she caught the theatre bug early and quickly became involved in the Lancaster theatre community. After years of performing on professional stages, Sheridan moved to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre at The Hartt School. During her time at Hartt, she has pursued internships with Theaterworks Hartford, Fulton Theatre, and the New Paradigm Theatre. Most recently she has performed in the world premiere of "Ceilidh," produced in association with the Goodspeed Opera House. In addition to her studies in performance, Sheridan is currently pursuing a Minor in Psychology, is part of the University of Hartford's Honors Program, and serves as the grantwriter for Prima Theatre. Her leadership efforts have been recognized by Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

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