Performing Arts @ Mitchell

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Current Performances

April 25, 26, 27, 28 | at the Red Barn
Mitchell College Players Spring Production

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Showtimes and tickets at

Current Performances

Performing Arts, Mitchell College

April 25, 26, 27, 28 | at the Red Barn 
Mitchell College Players Spring Production

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Showtimes and tickets at

Theatre & Choral Performances 2018/19 Season


April 25-28 |  Mitchell College Players Spring Production – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeApril 25 and 26 at 7pm; April 27 at 2pm and 7pm and April 28 at 2pm in the Red Barn. Tickets here.

The Select Chorus will also perform at Commencement on May 11, 2019.


October 25-28 |  Flock Theatre Production Macbeth at 7pm in the Red Barn

November 8-11 |  Mitchell College Players Fall Production  The Importance of Being Earnest. November 8, 9 & 10 at 7pm and November 11 at 2pm in the Red Barn.

December 2 |  Flock Theatre Production – Make We Joy at 4pm in the Red Barn. Free and open to the public. Each December we celebrate the winter solstice with a multicultural celebration of the shortest day of the year incorporating folk-dance, choral music, mummers, poetry, ritual, and more. Under the direction of Derron Wood, the main producer of Make We Joy since 1992, it will be held for its fourth year at Mitchell College, now at the newly renovated Red Barn.

December 7 |  Mitchell College Select Chorus – Winter Concert at 7pm in the Red Barn. Free and open to the public.

January 18-20 & January 25-27; all performances at 7pm | Flock Theatre Production – Animal Farm.

April 5 |  Mitchell College Select Chorus – Spring Concert at 7pm in the Red Barn. Free and open to the public.

How would you like to stretch yourself?

Did you perform in plays in high school? Never stepped on a stage in your life, but love the theater? Do you think you’ve got the singing chops, but want to grow in your vocal skills? Have a special affinity for dance? Harbor a secret desire to DJ? Want to take a photography or film class? You’ve got opportunities to shine at Mitchell. With our growing theater program, new choral ensemble, on-air radio station, step team, dance team, and classes in music, theater, photography, fine arts and film, students have a variety of ways to stretch themselves creatively.

No waiting in the wings.

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Mitchell College Players

Each year, Mitchell students through the Mitchell College Players stage a fall play and spring musical in addition to other performances such as cabaret, improv comedy, and one acts.

Auditions are open to all, and students together create the magic on-stage and backstage. Many students have their first theater experience at Mitchell and find their voice, discovering a hidden love for the art! Recent past performances include Godspell, Legally Blonde, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Almost, Maine.

Questions? Contact George Dowker at or Jonathan Babbitt at

Performing Arts, Mitchell CollegeFlock Theatre

Mitchell College enjoys a unique partnership with Flock Theatre, its resident theatre company, and one of the most adventurous classical theatre companies in New England. This collaboration makes theatre come alive for students of all levels of experience through hands-on classes and guest lectures taught by Flock’s professionals on topics such as acting, stagecraft, play production, performing Shakespeare, and more. In addition to teaching, Flock actors produce seasonal, on-campus performances of Macbeth and Make We Joy, serve as “Guest Artist” role models in Mitchell College Players’ performances, and provide opportunities for student internships through Mitchell’s Integrative Career Development (ICD) program.

The Red Barn
With great excitement, the newly reconstructed Red Barn on the Mitchell College campus is now open! The Red Barn features an amazing new performance space for the Mitchell College Players, Flock Theatre productions, and student events! For more information on this exciting project, visit
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Getting vocal.

Performing Arts, Mitchell CollegeSelect Chorus

Under the direction of Jonathan (Jono) Babbitt, the Mitchell College Select Chorus is an all-auditioned group which meets for five hours of rehearsal and private voice instruction each week. Repertoire ranges from 16th-century motets to arrangements of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tunes, American spirituals and contemporary New England compositions. The chorus performs on-campus in support of College events, and serves as ambassadors of Mitchell College to the New London community and region when performing off-campus.


For more information about Mitchell College music offerings and the Select Chorus, please contact Jono at



Interested students, please contact Jonathan Babbitt at 860-701-7987 or

On-Campus Private Lessons in Voice and Instruments

Instrumental and voice students interested in private lessons should sign up for audition times on the sheets posted outside Nathan Hale 112 or by emailing Jonathan Babbitt at You’ll have access to highly credentialed instructors for voice, piano, winds, strings, organ, brasses and percussion. Performance opportunities may be available as well. There is no deadline for these interests.

Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental students interested in establishing an ensemble (classical, jazz, rock, soul, etc.) should sign up for audition times on the sheets posted outside Nathan Hale 112 or by contacting Jonathan Babbitt at 860-701-7987 or There is no deadline for these interests. 


For any questions regarding Music at Mitchell, students can reach out to Jonathan Babbitt at

About the Director

Performing Arts, Mitchell College

Jonathan Babbitt, M.M.

Jonathan Babbitt, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Applied Music Studies and Adjunct Professor of Music at Mitchell, earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Yale and Yale School of Music where he directed the Yale Freshman Chorus and was associate director of the Yale Glee Club. His numerous years of experience as a teacher, clinician, conductor, recitalist, adjudicator and composer contribute greatly to the music landscape at Mitchell College. Visit Jono’s bio to learn more.

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In southeastern Connecticut, boredom is not an option.

 The local arts/music/theater scene is alive and thriving

New London and southeastern Connecticut might be thought of as a sleeping giant when it comes to the arts. For art, Mitchell students have quick access to the Hygienic Gallery and Lyman Allen Gallery. The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is a fun half day excursion and step back in time. For theater buffs, students can see a local performance at the Garde Arts Center or Eugene O’Neill Theater. Great theater options a short drive away include Ivoryton Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals, both on the Connecticut River. Concerts at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are readily accessible, and the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Lyme offers a full repertoire of cultural and performing arts experiences.

And of course, Mitchell is about 2 hours from NYC and 2 hours from Boston for near limitless big city entertainment, both accessible by train.


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