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Ivoryton Playhouse – An 80 year tradition of honoring our active military and our vets.



Ivoryton, CT – May 14, 2024


Stacia Libby, one of the Board of Selectman of the town of Essex, was going through her great grandfather’s paperwork and discovered this ticket for a production at the Ivoryton Playhouse. The ticket says “Special Defense Workers Discount” and it was for a production that took place in the summer of 1942. Many of the staff of the Playhouse had already enlisted and headed off to war, including business manager Irving Stiefel who joined the U.S. Coastguard. Gas rationing made it increasingly difficult for people to travel to Ivoryton and so, halfway through their 13th season in Ivoryton, the company of players moved their shows to Bulkeley High School in New London where they would remain until the end of the war.


The special discount for defense workers in 1942 was a 35-cent ticket – what a deal! The Playhouse is continuing that tradition for all active military and veterans with a special $30 ticket for military and spouses for this production of SWINGTIME CANTEEN – running May 16 - . Come join us as we step back in time to the swinging 40s and relive the laughter and the tears with the unforgettable music of the Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, Johnny Mercer and so many more.


Set against the backdrop of the second World War, SWINGTIME CANTEEN follows the story of a group of female entertainers who form a USO band and embark on a journey to entertain American troops overseas. Packed with iconic songs from the era and heartfelt moments, this production promises to captivate audiences of all ages.


Directed by original off-Broadway cast member Amy Jones and featuring a stellar all-female cast of actor/musicians, SWINGTIME CANTEEN is a celebration of resilience, friendship, and the power of music to uplift spirits in times of adversity.


"We are thrilled to bring SWINGTIME CANTEEN to the Ivoryton Playhouse stage," said Ben Hope, Executive Producer at Ivoryton Playhouse. "This show highlights the courage and resilience of the human spirit, but it also exemplifies the power of music. Music can sustain us through our darker struggles, help us express our complicated experiences, and also has the power to connect us to our past. This show is a testament to the magic of music.”


Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of SWINGTIME CANTEEN at Ivoryton Playhouse.


Performance Schedule:

  • First Previews: May 16th, 2024

  • Opening Night: May 17th, 2024

  • Show Dates: May 16th through June 9th, 2024

  • Performance Times: Wednesdays—2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays—7:30, Fridays and Saturdays—8 p.m., Sundays—2 p.m.

  • Added 2 pm Matinee - Tuesday, June 4th.



Tickets for Swingtime Canteen are now on sale and are $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, and $25 for students. $30 for active military personnel and veterans. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please contact the box office.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton. 


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