NEW BRITAIN - The cityâ€™s arts enthusiasts will have two attractive options this weeked as Rubyâ€™s Realm Production presents a stage play, â€śChain Reaction,â€ť on Saturday at the Bradley Memorial Theater and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra offers a free Christmas concert on Sunday at St. Markâ€™s Episcopal Church.
â€śChain Reactionâ€ť doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Â Bradley Memorial Theater is at 370 Linwood St.Â
â€śChain Reactionâ€ť was written and is directed by Valerie â€śRubyâ€ť Ingram, founder and chief executive officer of Rubyâ€™s Realm.
Sharilyn Jack, one of the cast members, said the play is interesting because itâ€™s an eye opener that portrays real-life situations.
â€śIf you blink you might miss something,â€ť Jack said. â€śIt shows how one reaction leads to the next and how it affects other people.â€ť
Oktober Brown, another cast member, said that while the beginning of the show is interesting, the audience should not miss the ending.
â€śIt has a crazy ending,â€ť he said.
Brown also said he likes the real-life situations presented in the play.
â€śI love the realism of the scenes,â€ť Brown said.
Tickets are available by calling Ingramson, LLC at 860-770-1549 or SoSo Fly Urban Fashions at 860-832-8379, or online at eventbrite.com.
Sundayâ€™s concert continues a 10-year tradition. The concert, which begins at 3 p.m., will feature the churchâ€™s pipe organ and the NBSOâ€™s brass quintet.
The program will include favorites such as â€śCarol of the Bellsâ€ť and â€śWhat Child is This.â€ť Also on the program are a selection from Tchaikovskyâ€™s Nutcracker Suite, several organ solos, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handelâ€™s â€śMessiah,â€ť which will conclude the performance.
â€śThis is a concert of uplifting and joyful Christmas music,â€ť Cynthia Carlson, vice president of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, said.Â â€śIt is free to the public and will be presented for the last time at St Markâ€™s, one of the most beautiful settings in New Britain. Please join us for our traditional brass quintet and pipe organ concert to celebrate the season of light.â€ť
The concert is part of the New Britain Symphony Orchestraâ€™s mini-concert series. The orchestra also performs in a series of major musical events.
Nancy Judd, a former president and current board member of the NBSO, said the mini-concerts are a way of introducing the orchestraâ€™s talented musicians, while hoping to get the audiences to return for the major events.
The performers in Sundayâ€™s performance will include Floyd Higgins, organ; Kenneth Tedeschi, trumpet; Frank Gawle, trumpet; Marjorie Seymour Callahan, French horn; John Tzetzo, trombone; and Walter Gibson, tuba.
The event will conclude with a cider and cookies reception.
St. Markâ€™s Episcopal Church is at 147 W Main St.
For more information about the concert, visit the orchestraâ€™s website at newbritainsymphony.org or call 860-826-6344.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.