Erin Frechette of Bristol and Kim Saltzman of Wolcott, were recently named Resident Choreographers for Connecticut Theatre Company, now in its eighth season in residence at the historic Repertory Theatre in New Britain. CTC has quickly built a reputation for producing high-quality shows using local talent. The company typically does four musicals each season. These musicals are packed with wonderful singing and dancing, so the organization has a great need of highly skilled choreographers who can work with actors of all skill levels to produce excellent dance numbers.
Saltzman attended Springfield College receiving a MSOT and BA in Dance and is currently an OTR/L and a member of the Parker Project Nonprofit Dance Company. Saltzman has performed in a variety of work choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes, Sarah Zehnder, Nikole Lachioma, and others. Saltzman reflected upon the famous quote by Paulo Coelho, “When you dance you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” She states, “As I think about what makes community theatre so special… it’s because at its core – CTC is a place that allows all individuals, in their most honest and unique forms, to come together in a safe space bringing something special to the table while creating an artistic family. I have the joy as the choreographer to highlight each person for what makes them unique.”
Frechette choreographed “Holiday Inn” and “9 to 5” for CTC and co-choreographed the recent production of “The Full Monty” with Saltzman. Her choreography has also appeared in productions for Granby Arts Project and Manson Arts Council. She has danced at the Majestic Theater and professionally with the “Cher Extravaganza.” She trained and competed nationally with the Hackworth School of Performing Arts. Frechette has had a love of dance for as long as she can remember. She says, “Theater has given me a way to continue my love of dance and performing. Choreography allows me to pass on that passion to the cast and the audience.”
Executive Director, Duane Campbell, states, “I couldn’t be happier to have both Erin and Kim on board as resident choreographers for the company. Both [Frechette and Saltzman] are adept at creating beautiful dances that enhance the stories we are telling.”