Todd Ellison & Friends

Community Music School 40th Anniversary CelebrationBuy TicketsEnhance your Kate experience with Membership!

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Todd Ellison and Friends
a fundraiser for Community Music School

Join us for this special evening celebrating the Community Music School’s 40th anniversary, with acclaimed Broadway music director/pianist (and Essex native) Todd Ellison and his star-studded roster of friends as they celebrate the music of Broadway! Featured performers are Marissa McGowan, who has performed in A Little Night Music on Broadway and in Les Miserables and Show Boat, Klea Blackhurst who is known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Norm Lewis who has performed the title role in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and is an Emmy, Tony and SAG award nominee, and Christopher Sieber who has earned Tony nominations for his roles in Spamalot and Shrek The Musical.

Note: Artists subject to change.

Tickets are $100 (plus fee) and go on sale June 30.

Special Thanks to the CMS 40th Anniversary Headline Sponsors

Executive Producer

Bauman Family Foundation


Carter Gowrie

Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community

Jeffrey N. Mehler, CFP

Reynolds Subaru

Bluewater Millwork & Construction (formerly Bogaert Construction)

Whelen Engineering

General Managers

Guilford Savings Bank in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

James and Alden Murphy

Stage Managers

A Friend of Community Music School

Norman Needleman and Jacqueline Hubbard


The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it gives you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!


The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions


The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

Seating chart

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The Kate’s Sponsors

  • Pasta Vita
  • Gowrie Group
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
  • CT Humanities, CT Cultural Fund
  • Sennheiser
  • Coburn Financial Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
  • Damon Wealth Management Group, Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice