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Carolyn and Ken Benton. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

Longtime Bratton, Norton house managers retire

After 10 years of dedication and work with Chautauqua Theater Company and Chautauqua Opera Company, house managers Ken and Carolyn Benton have decided to retire.

Carolyn, now a retired music teacher, began coming to Chautauqua each summer as a child and is in her 10th season as the chimemaster at the Miller Bell Tower.

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Lee Heinz

Broadway actress nurtured in Chautauqua

Lee Heinz never had a doubt in her mind about what she wanted to spend her life doing.

“I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be an actor,” she said.

Heinz, a fifth-generation Chautauquan who has been coming to the Institution since she was 2 months old, originally is from Warren, Ohio. She now lives in New York City working as an actress. Chautauqua was a place that nurtured Heinz’s love of acting.

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Ned Jamison (Hugh Butler), center left, confronts Harry Washington (Carl Badger), left, as Kathy Jamison (Margaret Johnson), center right, and Miss Collins (Mary Lee Talbot), right, look on during a rehearsal of David Zinman’s play “What’s in a Name?” in Fletcher Music Hall. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Zinman to workshop one-act play in Fletcher Music Hall Saturday

While Chautauqua Theater Company has completed its season, guests looking to get one last dose of theater will find it at Fletcher Music Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday with Chautauquan David Zinman’s one-act play “What’s in a Name?”

Zinman, who runs the Classic Film Series at the Chautauqua Cinema, typically does a staged reading of his plays at the end of each season. His inspiration for this season’s play came from a real-life story he heard while in a library one day.

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Friends of CTC find success with new events in 2011

The Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company work hard to provide financial and moral support for the Chautauqua Theater Company each season, and the 2011 Season allowed for continued and new events to help show this support, executive director Gwen Tigner said.

The “Adopt an Actor” program was the first of the Friends events this season, and this program acts as direct support for the 14 conservatory members as the Friends match them with “parents.” While Tigner said the adoptive relationships vary from pair to pair, the program acts as an underlying support system for the conservatory members, even if they just need a place to do a load of laundry.

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CTC alums taking part in “The Merchant of Venice.” Top Row: Ethan McSweeny, Bonnie Brady, Steven Cahill, Matt Carlson, Liz Wisan. Bottom Row: Daniel Pearce, Mark Nelson, Deena Burke, Amelia Pedlow. Submitted photo.

Shakespeare productions give McSweeny chance to cast CTC vets

When he’s not at Chautauqua serving as artistic director of Chautauqua Theater Company, Ethan McSweeny puts his directing skills to good use. He already has plans to direct three productions following the season. Prior to the start of this summer, he worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company directing William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.”

The show ran June 21 through July 24 at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., and McSweeny said what made this production special was the number of CTC alumni in the cast. This list includes former conservatory members Liz Wisan (Nerissa), Amelia Pedlow (Jessica) and Matthew Carlson (Lorenzo).

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The 2011 Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory and Fellows. Submitted photo.

Conservatory’s hidden talents shine in tonight’s cabaret

After getting to know and love the actors of Chautauqua Theater Company throughout the summer, Chautauquans will have one last chance to see the conservatory members as a group at the Bratton Late Night Cabaret.

The event will take place at 10:30 p.m. tonight at Bratton Theater.

Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny said the Cabaret is a great way for conservatory members to finish out their summer in Chautauqua.

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Lady Nathaniel (Carol Halstead) takes notes from Holofernes (Jarlath Conroy). Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Walsh to take audience’s questions at ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ ’fore-Play

For a deeper understanding of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” guests can attend tonight’s “’fore-Play: Love’s Labour’s Lost” at 7 p.m. in Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church.

Directing fellow Patrick Walsh will lead the event as an open dialogue with the audience rather than a lecture. It will last approximately 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to arrive to Bratton Theater for the 8 p.m. performance of the play.

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Chris Byers Quartet. Submitted photo.

Jazz ambassadors

Five jazz ambassadors will make their first appearance tonight at Chautauqua Institution.

The Chris Byars Quartet, with special guest Zaid Nasser, will perform for the Amphitheater audience from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

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