Playhouse on Park in West Hartford to stage family friendly ‘Merrilee Mannerly’

Liz Martelli stars as Merrilee Mannerly in the family-friendly musical of the same name, at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

WEST HARTFORD — “Merrilee Mannerly — A Magnificent New Musical” will run at Playhouse on Park from Dec. 6 to 15. Sensory Friendly Performances will be on Friday, Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Following the Playhouse on Park production, “Merrilee Mannerly — A Magnificent New Musical” will play an open-ended run in New York City, opening in the spring of 2020.

“Merrilee Mannerly — A Magnificent New Musical” is a fun and energetic new musical based on the Mom’s Choice Award-Winning book by Connecticut authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. With lively music, dancing and lots of laughs, “Merrilee Mannerly” reminds us all that “Good Manners are Always in Fashion.” Ryan Ratelle will direct and Enrique Brown will choreograph. The book is by William Squier, Mary Cashman & Cynthia Whipple; lyrics by William Squier; and music by Jeffrey Lodin. “Merrilee Mannerly” features scenic design by Ryan Ratelle and Magge Gagliardi, costume design by Charlie Barnett, lighting design by Johann Fitzpatrick, and sound design by Jeffrey Salerno. The Miracle League of Connecticut is the producing partner of “Merrilee Mannerly.”

Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners — in fact, she’s practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee’s surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother’s magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever. Along the way, silliness ensues, friendships are formed, and the two girls discover the real secret behind good manners.

Liz Martelli (Merrilee Mannerly) has played in: TheaterWorks USA: Doorman and others “Curious George”; 54 Below: Soloist “*Carded Cabaret”; Nebraska Wesleyan University: Cinderella “Into The Woods.”

Emily Johnson (Princess Posy) has played in: Disney Cruise Line: “Mickey’s Pirates In The Caribbean, Sea Ya Real Soon”; Ward Melville Heritage Organization: Dixie Carlisle “The Dixie Carlisle Holiday Spectacular.”

David Groccia (Nigel/Grandma) has been featured in: Theatre by the Sea: Hieronymous and others “Love And Other Fables”; Arizona Broadway Theatre: John Thayer “Titanic”; Jean’s Playhouse: Horton “Seussical.”

Angel Harrison (Molly) has been featured in: MacHadyn Theatre: Crystal “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Sarah u/s “Ragtime,” Ado Annie u/s “Oklahoma”; The Argyle Theatre: Thea “Spring Awakening.”

Sarah Sun Park (Lulu) has been in: Contemporary American Theater Festival: Zazu “A Welcome Guest”; North Carolina Theatre: Lisa “Mamma Mia!”; Two River Theater: Liv Estep “America.”

Caroline Coffey (Duchess Daisy) has played in: LyricTheatre of Oklahoma: “Mamma Mia!,” “Singin’ In The Rain”; Oklahoma City Philharmonic: “The Christmas Show.”

Tickets for performances on Dec. 6 to 15 are now on sale for $18/$20; $18 Children and $20 Adult (students, seniors, and Let’s Go Arts members save $2). Daytime performances for school groups are available through our Literature Alive Field Trip Program between Dec. 3 to Dec. 20 by contacting Elizabeth Simmons, Director of Education at 860-523-5900 x16 or

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford.

Connecticut Media Group