Weekend Best Bets

Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:45
Written by Christopher Fortier

Staff Writer

Here’s a look at events taking place in and around New Britain this weekend:


NEW BRITAIN - New Britain High School students head under the sea to bring “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” to the stage for a two-night run beginning tonight.

The theater production is based on the 1989 animated film adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

NBHS senior Jasmine Colapietro stars as Ariel while Celeste Gigliotti plays Ursula, Dominique Jackson is Sebastian and Manny Benitez takes on the role of Prince Eric.

Directed by Jason Ferrandino, the show runs at the high school, 110 Mill St., at 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. General admission tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors and students. For more information or to order tickets, call 860-225-6300 or visit nbhsshows.org.


NEWINGTON - The Newington Children’s Theatre Company puts its own spin on another Disney classic in “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” debuting tonight and running through next weekend.

This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features classic and new songs as he journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family.

Young actors and actresses take the stage at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 43 North Mountain Road., at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The show closes on March 26.

Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 at the door. Advances tickets for seniors, students and children are $10 or $12 at the door. For more information, call 860-666-6282 or visit nctcarts.org.


NEW BRITAIN - Trinity-on-Main will host its Fifth Annual Wine Tasting and a Movie fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Following the tasting featuring a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres, the 2013 film “Now You See Me” will be screened in the theater.

Doors open at 5:30 Participants must be 21 or older to take part in the tasting. Tickets are $21 for adult general admission, which includes the tasting and the film screening. Tickets are $25 at the door and $5 to only view the film.

Proceeds benefit the activities of the theater, located at 69 Main St. For more information, call 860-229-2072 or visit trinityonmain.org.


KENSINGTON - The New Britain Youth Theater marks its seventh anniversary tonight with “You Can’t Do That at NBYT,” billed as the group’s “Celebration-Entertainment-Once a Year Event.”

The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash “mocktail” bar, raffles and more. One raffle prize, according to Executive Director Darren Farrington, will cover the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, “The Lion King Jr.”

The event will take place at the theater’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center, 362 Main St..

Doors to the free event open at 6 p.m. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Raffle drawings will follow intermission. Donations benefiting NBYT programming will be accepted. For more information, call 860-515-8115.


HARTFORD - The New Britain-based CONCORA returns today to the Trinity College Chapel, where last year, organizers said, “a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture.”

This year’s program offers much of the same, this time paired with newer music inspired by the originals.

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 860-293-0567 or visiting concora.org. The chapel is located on the Trinity College campus, 300 Summit St.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:45. Updated: Friday, 17 March 2017 11:18.