Performing Arts

Whether you’re interested in musical theater/drama, chorus, dance, or instrumental instruction or performance, at Mitchell College you can find your voice. Auditions for theater and music 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.

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. Recent past performances include The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, GodspellLegally BlondeThe Importance of Being Earnest, and Almost, Maine. The 2019/2020 Season will feature  a comedic double-bill with Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Learn more

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

Auditions 2019/20 Season
Auditions are open to all incoming and returning Mitchell and Thames students. Auditions for our spring musical, Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum” are scheduled for the week of December 9-13. To secure an audition, submit an Audition Form here. Students interested in auditioning should simply come prepared to read from provided materials; no further preparation required.

Sign up for an Audition

Learn more

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

Mitchell College Select Chorus

This group, numbering 16 to 20 voices, is an all-auditioned ensemble and maintains a rigorous rehearsal schedule of three 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.

Repertoire for the group is widely varied, and ranges from Renaissance motets to European part-songs and arrangements of well-known contemporary works. The chorus offers both a cappella and accompanied performances, and works with local instrumental forces from time to time. If you have Choral experience or interest, consider auditioning for this important and exciting group.

Learn more

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

Select Chorus Auditions

Auditions for new members for Select Chorus/Spring 2020 will be held December 9-13, 2019. Sign up to audition by submitting a Select Chorus Audition Form.

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Learn More

Email Jonathan Babbitt at babbitt_j@mitchell.edu for more information.

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.

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

About the Director

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 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

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.

The Red Barn Performance Space

Completed in 2018, the Red Barn at Mitchell College offers a dramatic backdrop for Mitchell College performances. With programmable theatrical lighting and lighting grid, a state of the art Bose sound system, black out window capability for theater performances, separate green room, and theatre style seating capacity of 150-225, the Red Barn adds a fabulous, flexible space for student and community performances.

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.

Jonathan Babbitt, M.M. | Director of Choral Activities/Coordinator of Applied Music Studies

Phone: 860-701-7987

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