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Because of Winn Dixie

Not since Annie has a stray dog inspired such joyful noise! In a Southern town filled with lost souls, a new leash on life is just around the corner when a preacher and his daughter take in a mutt named Winn Dixie. The beloved, award-winning novel about a quirky community learning to get along now sings for the first time in this uplifting new musical. Let Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls) take you on a heartwarming adventure for all ages.

Please note that there is a live dog in this show who will appear on stage and in the auditorium.  If you have a Service Animal as defined by the ADA, please contact the Box Office immediately.  In order to ensure your safety and the safety of your Service Animal, we must seat you in an appropriate location.  Also note that the dog and his understudy are both hypoallergenic.

Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music by Duncan Sheik
Scenic Design by Donyale Werle
Costume Design by Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky
Sound Design by Jay Hilton 
Wig & Hair Design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Casting by Tara Rubin Casting Kaitlin Shaw
Music Direction by Adam Souza
Music Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Hart
Animal Direction by William Berloni
Choreographed by Chris Bailey
Directed by John Rando

Goodspeed Curtain Times

The Goodspeed
6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
Seating Chart

June 28 - Sept 1, 2019
Age Rating: G

Friday Dinner Theatre Package

Includes dinner at the Gelston House (located next door to The Goodspeed) and a ticket to the 8pm performance. Only $79! View Menu

Rustica Dinner Theatre Package

Enjoy a night filled with homemade pasta and first-class theatre! Package includes a three-course dinner at Rustica Ristorante in Chester and a ticket to a Wednesday 7:30pm performance. Only $85! Reservations must be made prior to noon on the Monday before you plan to attend. View Menu

Teacher Night Out

Friday, June 28, 8pm
We love teachers! Celebrate the first performance with a discounted ticket and free specialty drink in a souvenir cup for you and a guest. Just $40 per person. Must present valid teacher ID.

Heroes Weekend

June 28 - 30 
To honor those who serve our country, we offer $10 off tickets for veterans or active military and their families for the evening performances on June 28 - 30. Limit 6 tickets. USE CODE: HERO10

Drama Nerd Talks

Saturday, June 29, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, June 30, 1pm & 5:30pm 
FREE! Join a member of our artistic team in the Members' Lounge to learn about the history and background of the show you're about to see.

Kids Nights

July 3 & 4, 7:30pm; July 6, 8pm, July 7, 6:30pm
Each adult who buys a regular-priced ticket for the specified dates may purchase a $15 ticket for a child ages 5 to 18. Meet the cast for autographs after the Saturday, July 6 performance.

Fun on the Fourth

Thursday, July 4, 7:30pm
Skip the fireworks - don't miss this deal! Buy one ticket, get one free for select seats with a generous non-perishable food donation to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank.

Lady Katharine Lunch Cruise

Wednesday, July 24
Enjoy summer on the beautiful Connecticut River! Add a leisurely cruise and sumptuous buffet aboard the Lady Katharine to your theatre ticket for just $45. Pair an 11am lunch cruise with the 2pm performance.

Meet the Cast

July 25, Aug 8 & 22
FREE! A lively discussion with the cast after the specified Thursday evening performances.

Open Caption Performance

Friday, July 26, 8pm
Text display screen available at this performance. Call the Box Office or click here to choose the pink seats online for the best view.

Sensory-Friendly Performance

Tuesday, Aug 20, 6:30pm
This family-friendly performance are designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. This performance is recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre. LEARN MORE

Broadway Tails Book Signing

World-famous animal trainer Bill Berloni will autograph his book Broadway Tails about rescued dogs who became showbiz stars every Wednesday at 6:30pm during the run of Because of Winn DixieBroadway Tails will be available to purchase in our Gift Shop.

Student Rush

$15 tickets available for any evening performance, beginning at 10am on the day of the show. Must have valid student ID.

Dinner Discounts

Reserve tickets for a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening performance and enjoy special dinner offers at local restaurants.

For more details on any of these offers or to purchase tickets, please contact the Box Office at 860.873.8668. All offers valid on select seats and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Not valid for previsously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer. Handling fees may apply.


Check out these resources to learn more about Because of Winn Dixie

Meet the Cast and Creative Team
Audience Guide (Click to download a printable version)
Student Guide 
Read the Program Coming Soon!

PhotosView the Photo & Video Gallery

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