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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Whether you’re interested in musical theater, straight drama or comedy, chorus, contemporary and traditional dance, cheerleading, or vocal and instrumental instruction or performance, at Mitchell College you can find your voice. Auditions for all elements of the Performing Arts are open to all Mitchell and Thames students, regardless of major. For many of our students, the Mitchell stage was their first performance experience…and where they discovered their passion.

Add to that, our home city of New London, Connecticut is steeped in the arts tradition. Right in our own backyard, you’ll find the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, called the “launchpad of American theater”, the Garde Arts Center which hosts hundreds of artistic performances and films each year, and Mitchell’s resident theatre company, the Flock Theatre —  known as one of the most adventurous theatre companies in New England.

Auditions run September 2-17. Register Now!

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Mitchell College Players

Each year, 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 Mitchell and Thames students and roles are available both on and back stage. Register here to audition. Recent past performances include Romantic Fools, The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, GodspellLegally BlondeThe Importance of Being Earnest, and Almost, Maine.

Fall 2021

The Mitchell College Players are beyond excited to be able to welcome audiences back to the Clarke Center auditorium for live, in-person performances from the Clarke stage!

Fall Play

This fall’s production will be Vietnam 101: The War on Campus, a documentary theater piece about one college community’s journey during the Vietnam War years. Performance dates: Friday, November 12 at 7pm, Saturday, November 13 at 7pm and Sunday, November 14 at 2pm.

In addition to the fall play, we will be offering pop-up acting and improvisation workshops, one-act play read-throughs, and “Movie-and-Popcorn” evenings to watch shows that range from the familiar to the completely experimental.

Learn more

To learn more about the program or auditions, contact Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 401-864-9009.

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Auditions for the Fall 2021 Theatre Season
Audition Registration Now Open! Auditions will be held September 2-17, 2021. Students must audition for theatre roles each semester. Register here.
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Mitchell College Select Chorus

This group, numbering 16 to 20 voices, is a curricular, all-auditioned ensemble and maintains a rigorous rehearsal schedule of two two-hour sessions per week, with additional individual coaching in Voice and Theory throughout each semester. The Select Chorus performs for College functions throughout the academic year and serves as an additional facet of the College’s public face by performing off-campus for recruiting events, alumni and development efforts, and community activities in southeastern Connecticut.

We begin our fifth year with a strong group of returning singers, and are eager and excited to meet all the singers of the incoming class! Auditions for new members will be held from September 2-17, 2021; register here. Repertoire this fall will include works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, two brand-new settings by our own Select Chorus Director Jonathan Babbitt, folk songs, popular arrangements, music from Asia and Africa, and more. 

Learn More

To learn more about the program or auditions, contact Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 860-701-7987.

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Auditions for Fall 2021 Select Chorus

Audition Registration Now Open! Auditions for new members of the Mitchell College Select Chorus will be held  September 2-17, 2021.  Register here. No prior singing/choral experience is required, and auditions are open to all Mitchell College and Thames students.

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Dance/Cheer

The Mitchell College Dance/Cheer Team welcomes all incoming and returning Mariners, whether they have no experience in dance, a passing interest in dance, some experience in dance, or years of experience in dance! The ensemble presents a Showcase during each semester, offers cheerleading at select home basketball contests, and provides dancers for the spring musical when appropriate. Auditions will be held September 2-17, 2021; register here. Performances are choreographed to take into account the proficiency levels of all dancers! 

All interested prospective members are invited to learn more about the program by contacting:

Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 401-864-9009.

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Auditions for Fall 2021 Dance/Cheer

Audition Registration Now Open! Auditions for new members of Dance/Cheer will be held  September 2-17, 2021.  Register here. No prior dance or cheer experience is required, and auditions are open to all Mitchell College and Thames students.

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Ensembles

Mitchell College coordinates the creation and coaching of instrumental ensembles of any sort, from rock and jazz to classical trios, quartets, chamber groups and pep bands. Opportunities for performance abound, and include college athletic events, gatherings and assemblies, and off-campus outreach events in the local community. Bring your instrument to campus and plan to audition September 2-17. Register for an audition time here.

All interested prospective members are invited to learn more about the program by contacting:

Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 401-864-9009.

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Auditions for Fall 2021 Ensembles

Audition Registration Now Open! Auditions for ensembles will be held  September 2-17, 2021. Bring your instrument to campus! Register here.

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Summer 2023: International Collegiate Theatre Festival Opportunity in Edinburgh, Scotland!

 The Mitchell College Theatre Program has been selected to participate in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2023, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Students who are selected through this application and audition process will prepare and present four performances of a dramatic work to international audiences of both college players and the general public over the course of the festival. Application and audition process is open to all Mitchell College students enrolled for Fall 2022. 

As application for this experience requires a course pre-requisite (TH110), students should let their advisor know of their interest in applying to the ICTF Program.

Applications Open October 1, 2021. How to Apply:

1. Students must enroll in TH301, which will be offered on-campus during Spring Semester 2023. 

2. Students must have completed the prerequisite course, TH110 Stagecraft and Play Production I (offered Fall 2022) by the end of the Fall 2022 semester. *NOTE: If you are interested in applying to the Scotland program, and you haven’t completed TH110, be sure to register for this prerequisite course during the F22 registration period. 

3. Students must obtain permission from the Instructor through the application process which will include an interview and audition with the Instructor. 

Total Costs: $5,300/student (includes airfare, lodging, and associated costs)

Non-refundable deposit:

  • $1,000 due upon acceptance into program

Additional payments due:

  • $1,075 – 30 days after acceptance into program, or at the latest, September 1, 2022
  • $1,075 on December 1, 2022
  • $1,075 on March 1, 2023
  • $1,075 on June 1, 2023
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Flock Theatre

Theater comes alive for students of all levels of experience through hands-on classes and guest lectures taught by Flock Theatre professionals. Our resident theater company inspires students 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.

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Lessons & Ensembles

On-Campus Private Lessons

Mitchell is pleased to offer private lessons in voice and instruments through the College. Drawing upon the highly-trained pool of professional instrumental and vocal performers from throughout New London County and beyond, we offer private on-campus instruction in voice, piano, winds, strings, organ, brasses and percussion, while providing rigorous structure and accountability through the office of the Coordinator of Applied Music Studies.

Ensembles

The College is also coordinates the creation and coaching of instrumental ensembles of any sort, from rock and jazz to classical trios, quartets, chamber groups and pep bands. Opportunities for performance abound, and include college athletic events, gatherings and assemblies, and off-campus outreach events in the local community.

Contact

Contact Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 860-701-7987

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About the Director

Jonathan Babbitt, M.M.

Jonathan Babbitt, Assistant Professor, Performing Arts, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Applied Music Studies and Director, Mitchell College Players, 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 performing arts landscape at Mitchell College. Visit Jono’s bio to learn more.

Contact

Contact Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu or 860-701-7987

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Performing Arts Internships

When he first started as a Thames at Mitchell College student, Max Pevna would’ve never guessed that two summers later, he’d be a full-time communications major at Mitchell, performing Shakespeare at an outdoor amphitheater alongside one of the most adventurous classical theater companies in New England. Thanks to his Integrative Career Development (ICD) summer internship with Flock Theatre, Max gained a full range of experiences in the world of theater production as he helped Flock prepare for three weekends of Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part I. Read Max’s story.

“It’s a good way to make a lot of friends and kind of come out of your shell because you can’t just be your normal, quiet self – you have to open up as a different character and all that. You don’t know unless you try it.”

Learn more about Internships

To learn more about internships and career experiences through Integrative Career Development at Mitchell College, visit mitchell.edu/icd.

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The Red Barn Performance Space

Completed in 2018, the Red Barn at Mitchell College offers a dramatic and innovative venue for Mitchell College performances. With state-of-the-art lighting and sound, black-out window capability for theater performances, a nine-foot Baldwin concert grand piano, resonant acoustics and a theatre-style seating capacity of 150-225, the Red Barn adds a fabulous, flexible space for student and community theatre and concert performances.

 

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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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Jonathan Babbitt, M.M. | Assistant Professor, Performing Arts, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Applied Music Studies, Director, Mitchell College Players

Phone: 860-701-7987