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Playhouse on Park Brings Dance Party with Darlene to ‘From the Porch – A Summer Series’

Darlene Zoller, co-founder/co-artistic director Playhouse Theatre Group. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

Darlene Zoller of West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park will hold a dance party at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington on Sept. 16.


Playhouse on Park has brought several events to Farmington’s Hill-Stead Museum including Comedy Night, a Broadway-Style Cabaret, and Playwrights on Park. They will return with an in-person dance party, led by Playhouse Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Darlene Zoller.

Join Darlene (outdoors and socially distanced) on Wednesday, Sept. 16 (rain date: Sept. 17) at 6:30 p.m. (Gates Open at 6 p.m.).

Casual dancing/warm-ups will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancer/non dancer choreography taught to the song “Before I Let Go” by Beyoncé. It is guaranteed fun for dancers of any skill level and suggested for ages tweens and up. Bring your water bottle, sweat towel, and a chair or blanket if you might want to sit at any time. Food and drink are permitted, so feel free to pack some snacks and BYOB.

At Playhouse on Park, Darlene has directed and choreographed CABARET, CHICAGO (Best Director of a Musical/Broadway World) SWINGING ON A STAR, and THAT HOLIDAY FEELING, among others. She is the founder, director and choreographer of stop/time dance theater, the resident dance company of Playhouse on Park, now in its 18th year. She was voted Best Director of a Musical/Broadway World for 2014’s production of I’D RATHER BE DANCING. She IS Mama D of MAMA D’s OUTRAGEOUS ROMP; a grown ups only music, dance and comedy event exclusive to the Playhouse. Darlene is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School where she directed and choreographed CHICAGO and did the choreography for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and SMILE.

Tickets are $25 and they will not be sold at the door. You can order tickets through Playhouse on Park online, over the phone at 860-523-5900 x10, or in person at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT. Please note Playhouse on Park’s abbreviated hours due to COVID-19 are 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. On the night of the event, you will not need a physical ticket; your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets and masks. Masks must be warn unless you are in your designated spot on the lawn. The Hill-Stead Museum is located at 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT. For more information, visit their website at www.Hillstead.org.

Hill-Stead employees have already pre-marked spaces on the lawn for your group. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to a pre-marked space on the west lawn by an employee wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are closely monitoring government policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, government mandates, and public health advancements and will continue to make changes as necessary or appropriate to our protocols and procedures.

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