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Oddfellows Playhouse Presents “A Holiday Nightmare”

Submitted by Oddfellows Playhouse

(October 28, 2023) — Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown announces a special Oddbridge Mini-Production,  A Holiday Nightmare, inspired by the poem The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. This is a three- week theater adventure for kids ages 6 to 14, with transportation provided directly from Middletown Public Schools (drop-off option available for home schoolers or students from other school districts), culminating in two public performances in the theater at Oddfellows Playhouse.

A Holiday Nightmare will rehearse from November 27, 2023 – December 14, 2023, Monday through Thursday, 3:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (eleven days), with performances on Thursday, December 14, 2023 and Friday, December 15, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown.

Oddbridge is Oddfellows Playhouse’s after-school extended-day option for Middletown Public Schools, providing transportation directly from school to Oddfellows, a snack, and supervised recreation before classes begin.

Daily schedule: 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Middle School students (Grades 6 – 8) arrive on a bus from Beman Middle School (or get dropped off). Snacks, games, relaxation.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Rehearsal for Middle Schoolers only.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elementary School buses arrive (or drop off). Snack, games, settle in.

4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. – Rehearsal for Middle School and Elementary School students.

5:50 p.m. Closing Circle, collect belongings, parent pick-up by 6:00 p.m.

Tuition for the eleven day program is $250 and includes transportation from Middletown Public Elementary or Middle Schools, snack and supervised recreation, participation in rehearsals and performances ($200 for drop-off students.) Financial Aid is available for all who need it.

A Holiday Nightmare tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweenland. After years of the same spooky routine, Jack has grown bored with “the scaring, the terror, the fright…tired of being something that goes bump in the night.” But when Jack accidentally discovers Christmas Town, he devises a plan to kidnap “Sandy Claws” and take over a new holiday! Only after his plans for a “Scary Christmas” go wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of the holiday season.

Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for A Holiday Nightmare, go to For more information, contact or call (860) 347-6143.

Extended Oddbridge is made possible by the City of Middletown, The Fund for Greater Hartford and the Liberty Bank Foundation.

Image above by Dan Schmidt

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