New Britain City Journal

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Connecticut Theatre Company Named Best Community Theatre


Connecticut Theatre Company, was nominated as one of the best community theaters in Connecticut in the 2015 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards. The site had a record number of voters and announced on January 13th, that Connecticut Theatre Company, in residence at the Repertory Theatre in New Britain, has been named “Best Community Theater Company.” 2015 was Connecticut Theatre Company’s second season of shows after being founded in December of 2013 through a merging of The Repertory Theatre and Bristol Theatre Arts. The company produces a full season of shows each year and offers educational opportunities through internships, classes and workshops.

2015 was a big year for the group, as they performed Gypsy, Hairspray, Noises Off, Young Frankenstein and White Christmas. Over 120 actors, musicians and volunteers helped to make the season a success. Executive Director, Duane Campbell said, “We could not be successful without the support of the local arts community and our wonderful patrons. We believe Connecticut Theatre Company to be a family, and everyone who walks in the door are treated as such.”

In addition to their win as Best Community Theatre, local actors Peter Bailey (Bristol) and Stephen Michelsson (New Britain) were honored as Best Actor and Best Featured Actor respectively for their work in Gypsy at Connecticut Theatre Company.

What’s next for the group? President Erin Campbell states, “We are so excited to be heading into our 3rd season after the success of the previous two years. We have a wonderful selection of shows with something for everyone and we can’t wait to get more and more of the community out to see this gem right in New Britain!” In 2016 Connecticut Theatre Company is producing 6 shows, Arsenic & Old Lace, My Fair Lady, Once On This Island, Boeing Boeing, Sweeney Todd and The Christmas Schooner.

Tickets are available for the 2016 season online or can be purchased at the door the night of the show. For more information on the BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards, visit