Exciting Eighth Season of Madison Lyric Stage at the Deacon John Grave House

Madison Lyric Stage wants to thank everyone who attended and supported our fundraising concert, Spring Will Come Again, at the Deacon John Grave House on Saturday, April 6th! Much fun was had and your presence was truly appreciated!

We now are moving full speed onto our exciting eighth season! Don’t miss out! Our money-saving and convenient season subscriptions are available now!


See Three Productions For Only $99.99!


We are offering money-saving subscriptions for our three mainstage shows – Of Mice and Men, Into the Woods and Hansel and Gretel. While individual tickets will be priced at $40, season ticket bundles are currently available for a limited time for $99.99 at madisonlyricstage.org, or by calling 203-215-6329. You do not have to select specific nights when buying a subscription and can make those decisions at a later date.

We are also thrilled to announce our 2019 main stage season: Carlisle Floyd’s musical drama Of Mice and Men, based on the John Steinbeck classic, in May/June; the Stephen Sondheim fairy tale musical Into the Woods in July; and just in time for Halloween, Engelbert Humperdinck’s enchanted opera Hansel and Gretel in October. In November MLS will present the innovative staged evening Hotel Fables: Episodes in a Life, featuring works by Britten, Korngold, Saint-Saens, Puccini and Strauss, with tenor Marc Deaton and four singing actors.

We are also excited to continue our partnership with the Deacon John Grave House in the Madison historic district, and will present our entire season inside and on the grounds of the historic home. All productions will be presented in an intimate and immersive fashion, and therefore all performances will be for a maximum of only 40 people.

Spring Tavern Night Is Upon Thee

Spring Tavern NightThe Deacon John Grave House, 581 Boston Post Road in Madison, will hold our Spring Tavern Night on Saturday, March 23rd from 7 to 9 p.m.

The c. 1685 house once served as a tavern and inn starting around 1707, in the early days of the Boston Post Road.

Admission is for adults age 21 and older only.

Tickets are $25 for DJGF members and $30 for non-members.

Light food and drink included along with our Deacon Grave Band.

Space is limited! Fun is not!


Our Traditional Members Party

In early January the Foundation held our annual members holiday party at the house.

Guest members joined board members for a festive evening of food, drink and music.

A buffet of gorgeous food

The house was decorated and a cozy fire set the tone for a relaxed time. The board was able to interact directly with our members and thank them for their terrific support in 2018.

A New Holiday Tradition

A Journey Through Time – The Lantern Tour

On a mild evening, December 14th the Deacon John Grave Foundation together with the Madison Historical Society and students from Daniel Hand High School offered special house tours in the Madison Historical District.

Over 100 people participated. Groups of 10 visitors with guides visited 10 historic structures including the Deacon John Grave House.

Roaring fires greeted the visitors to the Grave House who relaxed with warm cider and snacks to include popcorn popped on the hearth. Eight board members attired in period dress provided personal tours and history about Madison. A great time was had by all.

Chamber Opera Returns to the Grave House

Max Lorenz singingOur Deacon John Grave Foundation continued the partnership with the Madison Lyric Stage with two productions of “ A Servant for Hitler: Max Lorenz and the Third Reich”

Mixed media presentation

This monodrama with music presented Marc Deaton in his original piece, portraying tenor Max Lorenz through his operatic career and his struggles to protect himself and his family during the third Reich.

They played to a packed house and received rave reviews from the audience.

Children’s Holiday & Open House

Cookie making and baking at the hearthNovember 30th brought the month to a close and opened the winter holidays. To celebrate the start of the festivities, the Deacon’s family had decorated their homestead. Guests were welcomed into the kitchen for cookie baking at the “Children’s Holiday”. With cookies in the oven, families retired to the main room, where the fireplace was all aglow and guests could listen to stories and enjoy seasonal music.

The Deacon holding court with the children

After songs were sung, tales told, and cookies baked, visitors headed for the town green and the annual tree-lighting. Although the weather proved balmier than most for a late November evening, crowds gladly returned to the Deacon’s house after enjoying the traditional tree-lighting on the Green.

Discussing our book, Making Ends MeetThe many visitors found not only the warmth of cider and cocoa and the cheery hearths, but more important they found the warmth of community and the fellowship of an old-fashioned neighborhood gathering.

Children’s Colonial Holiday & The Madison Tree Lighting

The Deacon John Grave house is celebrating the season. Join us before the Madison Tree lighting for our Colonial Children’s Holiday. We will be decorating ginger bread, making ornaments, singing carols, and listening to holiday stories told by the Deacon.

It all starts at 4:30 until 6:00pm, Friday, November 30th. Admission is free.

Can’t Make It Before?

Warmth of the hearth

You can join us after the tree lighting for our open house where hot cocoa, apple cider and a warm fire will be waiting.

Ghost Returns to the Grave House

The Madison Lyric Stage performed 6 productions of the English suspense opera “The Turn of the Screw” in October inside our historic Grave House. The event was sold out. The opera is a chamber piece in english composed by Benjamin Britten.

Each productions was delightful and featured ghosts. It marked the final 2018 collaboration between the Madison Lyric Stage and the Deacon John Grave Foundation after the earlier show “Company” performed in a tented venue on the Grave House grounds

Country Day School Second Grade Visit

In mid October the Country Day School Second grade class and teachers enjoyed a morning field trip to the Grave House and grounds. This annual even remains a highlight of the Education Program. The class toured the house and learned it’s history.

Antque tools were explained as well as hearth cooking and linen making. The program concluded with playing colonial games on the property.


Shoreline Arts Alliance Meeting

SAA held its monthly meeting at the Grave HouseSAA held its monthly meeting at the Grave HouseIn early October the Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) held its monthly meeting at the Grave House. The Madison Lyric Stage was recently accepted as a member. A representative of the Deacon John Grave Foundation board served as co host and gave tours of the house. A representative of the Connecticut Arts Commission attended and encouraged the various state organizations to work together and support all artistic projects in the state.