Yale Alley Cats and New Paradigm Theater, Sunday

October 10, 2021 | by Ted Craft

The incredible Yale Alley Cats return to Emmanuel Church on Sunday, October 17. As a bonus, you get a taste of the 2022 production of the New Paradigm Theater.

Everything takes place at the church, 285 Lyons Plain Road. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., the show starts at 4:00 p.m. The requested donation is $ 20 per person. Light refreshments will be served.

If you’ve never seen Yale Alley Cats, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve seen them, it’s a retreat for you. Over the course of its 78-year history, the a cappella singing group’s more than 200 original arrangements span the gamut of Motown-style jazz standards, timeless oldies and contemporary chart tops.

It all started in 1943, when the group’s founders sang the Yale Campus serenade from the top of Saybrook Tower with “Sally in Our Alley,” still the Cats’ traditional opening act. Known for their beautiful harmonies and intricate arrangements, they have traveled the world to China, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, released dozens of albums and performed for presidents, kings and queens.

Tickets are available at the door and online through Eventbrite.


Tony Award-winning Kristin Huffman gives you a sneak peek at the 2022 New Paradigm Theater musical production.

Ms. Huffman, professor at the University of Hartford, is the founder and artistic director of the Theater. During her two-decade theater career, she appeared in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Company” as Sarah and played Christine on the European tour of “Phantom of the Opera”.

The New Paradigm Theater shows are always popular, and the non-profit organization does a lot of good as well. A recent production of “Footloose” resulted in 600 pairs of shoes being donated to the Soles4Souls charity, which in turn donates the shoes to homeless shelters, disaster relief programs and start-ups in developing countries.

A scene from a New Paradigm Theater production

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