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Take a little ride with the Corvettes!

September 26th, 2019 by

With fresh energy, the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue will bring some of the greatest songs of the 1950s back to Nelson Hall Theatre on Thursday, October 3, 2019.  Like many musicians, this is just a group of “regular guys” who simply perform music that they love! According to a recent article, it all got started just a few years ago, when the band leader, Vinnie Brandi heard classic tunes from his uncle’s guitar. The rest we might say, is history!

Focusing on melody, doo-wop combines rhythm and blues with rock and roll. It became popular with many young singers on the street corners of New York City, Chicago and Baltimore because it could be performed a cappella. Along with thousands of concerts goers, The Corvettes share the sentiment that there’s a magic to those melody and harmonies which make up the unforgettable tunes in the 50s and 60s.

The Corvettes, who all go by stage names, include Duke Vincent on guitar, Joey T. on piano and keyboards, Danny Camarreri on bass, Romeo Salbucci on guitar, and Junior T. on drums. Some of the big doo-wop names the band will be covering will be names such as The Del-Vikings, The Diamonds, Bill Haley and the Comets, Dion and the Belmonts, Danny and the Juniors, Chubby Checker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Five Satins.

At the upcoming concert on October 3, 2019,  you might expect to hear: Come Go With Me – Little Darlin’ – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – At The Hop – The Twist – Earth Angel – Sea Crusie – Rock Around The Clock – In The Still Of The Night – Runaround Sue – Runaway – Palisades Park – Twistin’ The Night Away – Splish Splash – Shake Rattle & Roll And many more.

Join us for “a rollicking ride through the good old days of Rock & Roll”

Still a little time to enjoy summer!

August 20th, 2019 by

Hard to believe the summer of 2019 is almost over! Families are cramming in last days of vacation, stores are bringing in the fall (and Christmas holiday) decorations, retirees are living life to the fullest with a full plate of activities to keep them happy and engaged!

Just in case you’re looking for somethings a little extra special here are some local suggestions:

  1. Eat Breakfast with the Governor
    The Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special breakfast with Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont. If you’re interested in interacting with other small-business owners, then mark your calendar for August 29th at Monticello (577 S.Broad St Meriden, CT)
    $40 non members
  2. Use your musical abilities!
    Call for new voices! The New Haven Chorale is eagerly seeking new members in all vocal sections. Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held Thursday, August 29 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 7 from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT., and by scheduling an individual appointment with the music director at a mutually agreeable time thereafter.
    For more information contact New Haven Chorale
  3. Observe the Hot Air Balloon Festival
    The 2019 Plainville Fire Company’s Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held August 24th and 25th at Norton Park in Plainville, Connecticut. Each year the attendance of Balloonist has increased. There is no entrance fee and the entire event is free. There will be arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the weekend.
  4. Explore the Hungarian Festival
    Learn more about Hungarian culture and enjoy some authentic food, folk dancing and music! All happening Sunday, September 8, 2019
  5. Enjoy the Cheshire Fall Festival
    This September, the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the town of Cheshire, will bring the community together to support our local businesses, crafters, farms, orchards, and local non-profits. The celebration begins on “Food Truck Friday” September 13th and continues to Saturday, September 14th at Bartlem Park in the heart of our town.

Enjoy these local events, and as soon as it’s released, please check out our listing of shows and come experience memories in the making!

Sneak Preview of 2019-2020

August 13th, 2019 by

If you’re like many of our other theater fans, you might wondering what’s been going on at the theater lately! Let’s take you on a quick, behind the curtain tour and help you get a glimpse of what’s made our summer so amazing! For one, we just completed a major technology upgrade. Most likely, you won’t see anything different — but you probably will “hear” the difference as you listen to a surround sound movie, or enjoy the benefit of adding tweaks that were implemented to make the concert experience even better. Of course, a ton of work has gone into the upcoming season as we’ve been working behind the scenes, getting things ready for an amazing line-up during 2019-2020! It all starts in just a few weeks!

Now back to our summer! We hosted two incredible youth theater programs here and supporters never cease to be amazed at the professionalism of both groups. St. Peter’s Players and Drama Camp put on a fantastic performance of “Bye, Bye, Birdie!”, followed by the Cheshire Youth Theater, under the direction of Jocelyn Pannell performing “Singin’ in the Rain JR.” If you have children that are interested in future acting opportunity, please contact us,

Now on to the big announcement of our 2019-2020 season. Suffice it to say, that it’s going to be our best season yet!!!! We’ll be first releasing our season listing to “friends of Nelson Hall” first, and then making it available to groups and the general public. We’d encourage you to become a “Friend of Nelson Hall Theater” and join the many other individuals and corporate friends who are making a difference in the local performing arts!

To get your mouths watering a little, we’d going to let the cat peek its head out of the bag. We have some big performances in the works!!

Starting off, you’ll hear…

…hits of the 1950s.

… a breathtaking, musical, multi-media organ recital and visual presentation.

…a Broadway star using her powerhouse voice to sing hits of Aretha, Streisand, Patti LuPone, Patsy Cline, Bette Midler and more.

…The music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, with Mark Hudson, Hall of Gary Burr and Mark Mirando.

…Big band, swing, jive and hits from the classic Prima songbook.

…Something that you’ve all been asking for… a little bit of magic!

That’s just a sampling of what’s coming up this year at NHT, so join us a “friend of Nelson Hall Theater”, subscribe to our email newsletter and join us on Facebook. Of course, all that digital interaction is nothing compared to seeing YOU in person at the theater!! We can’t wait to be with all our friends and make some amazing memories during the 2019-2020 season.

Local Focus: Forecast proves right!

August 3rd, 2019 by

While the past two weeks may have been summer’s typical hazy, hot and humid;  the stage at Nelson Hall Theater proved to be quite the opposite. Every day consisted of rain-drop sprinkled rehearsals, with occasional downpours of singing and dancing. For the second year in a row, NHT hosted Cheshire Youth Theater, which helps participating students to develop as a well-rounded performer. Cheshire Youth Theater 2019 featured a performance of Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Beginning with the basics of script reading, to fun, choreographed dances; elementary and middle-school aged actors are given the tools to successfully bring a production to life. CYT and Nelson Hall Theater partner with Cheshire’s Artsplace artistic director to help involve students heavily in the behind-the-scenes creative process, allowing students the opportunity to create props, backdrops and other artwork themselves.

For those who saw the weekend performances, you’ll know that some incredible work was accomplished as various organizations around town joined together to help each student grow and advance their theater skills.

For more information on future camp participation in addition to partnership opportunities, please contact Nelson Hall Theater at

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Beware of the Scam

February 16th, 2019 by

Grandpa and Grandma might do just about anything to help their grandkids. The scam artists know this, are taking advantage of this generous spirit of most grandparents. Take a look at the following video, and make sure that you check in with you loved ones.

Sunday Joke Answer

February 9th, 2019 by

Q: What kind of flowers should you never give on Valentine’s day?
A: Cauliflowers 🙂