Play, Christmas concert this weekend in New Britain

Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:14
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The city’s arts enthusiasts will have two attractive options this weeked as Ruby’s Realm Production presents a stage play, “Chain Reaction,” on Saturday at the Bradley Memorial Theater and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra offers a free Christmas concert on Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

“Chain Reaction” 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.  Bradley Memorial Theater is at 370 Linwood St. 

“Chain Reaction” was written and is directed by Valerie “Ruby” Ingram, founder and chief executive officer of Ruby’s Realm.

Sharilyn Jack, one of the cast members, said the play is interesting because it’s an eye opener that portrays real-life situations.

“If you blink you might miss something,” Jack said. “It shows how one reaction leads to the next and how it affects other people.”

Oktober Brown, another cast member, said that while the beginning of the show is interesting, the audience should not miss the ending.

“It has a crazy ending,” he said.

Brown also said he likes the real-life situations presented in the play.

“I love the realism of the scenes,” 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

Sunday’s concert continues a 10-year tradition. The concert, which begins at 3 p.m., will feature the church’s pipe organ and the NBSO’s brass quintet.

The program will include favorites such as “Carol of the Bells” and “What Child is This.” Also on the program are a selection from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, several organ solos, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” which will conclude the performance.

“This is a concert of uplifting and joyful Christmas music,” Cynthia Carlson, vice president of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, said. “It is free to the public and will be presented for the last time at St Mark’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.”

The concert is part of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra’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 orchestra’s talented musicians, while hoping to get the audiences to return for the major events.

The performers in Sunday’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. Mark’s Episcopal Church is at 147 W Main St.

For more information about the concert, visit the orchestra’s website at or call 860-826-6344.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:14. Updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:16.