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Hartford Courant

Kids Love Bears: A new holiday musical, “The Great Cinnamon Bear Christmas Radio Show” plays Dec. 7 to 29 at the Center for the Arts on Railroad Avenue in Milford. Pantochino Productions Inc, a professional nonprofit theater company for family audiences, will present the show featuring  book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. The show includes a cast of 21 with Rugg as musical director and Bernardi staging the show. Tickets are $17. Information: www.pantochino.com.

More Pasta: “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti,” which had its world premiere at Hartford’s TheaterWorks last year, will have a run at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida May 18 to June 15. Jacques Lamarre’s stage version of Giulia Melucci’s memoir will again star Antoinette LaVecchia and be directed by Rob Ruggiero, producing artistic director at TheaterWorks. The production will move from the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey to Asolo when it completes its run there in the spring. Ruggiero is currently directing the musical “Show Boat” at the theater, based on the production he did two years ago at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.

Legacy execs: Kate Fletcher is the new director of development and administration at the proposed Legacy Theatre in Branford, formerly the Stony Creek Puppet House Theatre. Fletcher has worked in arts administration and development for a number of theatre, visual arts, and educational organizations including the Long Wharf Theatre, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport, Maine. Greg Nobile, president of Leo Minor Productions, a theatrical production company is also the new interim managing director. Keely Baisden Knudsen is the artistic director of the theater company that plans to open the now closed theater.

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