Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association to host 'Stars on Stage: Time Machine' July 27

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Jul. 15, 2013
The chorus joins hands for 'We Are the World' in the ECPAA's annual benefit production. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
The chorus joins hands for 'We Are the World' in the ECPAA's annual benefit production. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

The Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association is putting on its second annual benefit show, “Stars on Stage: Time Machine,” at Griswold High School on Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. A cast of 54 singers, dancers and instrumentalists will lead audience members on a trip through time via popular music from the 1940s to the present day.

GHS music teacher Raymond Churchill, who is once again directing this year’s show, said that performers hail “from Waterford all the way to Woodstock, from freshman in high school to too old to mention. It’s the best talent from eastern Connecticut, people who feel pretty passionately about what we do.”

ECPAA is a non-profit organization spearheaded by Churchill and others, aimed at providing wider opportunities for the lively arts in the region. Among the classes offered in the year since its inception are swing dancing, hip-hop dance, audition techniques and vocal band. Classes are open to residents from all eastern Connecticut towns. The agency was invited to bring its show to the governor’s mansion in January to perform for Gov. Dannel Malloy.

“We’re still in the process of trying to achieve our mission, but we’re definitely up and running,” said ECPAA vice president Terry Cholewa. Eventually, the non-profit hopes to have a permanent home. “For now, we’re renting space for classes so we can get our name out there. The entire board is excited about where we’re going and what we’re doing,” she said.

“We sold 500 tickets last year. I’d love to sell this show out, to keep helping the program to grow,” said Churchill. The show will be the closing event for this inaugural season, and classes will start up again in the fall, he said.

Tickets are $20 each and are available through cast members, at Jewett City Savings Bank on Main Street in Jewett City, or via the organization’s website: www.ecpaa.org.

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