The Mystery of Clara Cloud at the New England Air Museum

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The New England Air Museum brings live theater into its hangars for the first time!

The Mystery of Clara Cloud, an original play by local playwright Betsy Maguire, is a fictional story, drawing inspiration from one of the most thrilling periods in aviation history. The audience will learn about Clara Cloud, an early air mail pilot from Connecticut, who captured the heart of a nation with her daring nighttime runs. The audience will also meet the “ghosts” of Clara’s past — including several aviation legends — who will help untangle the mystery of her shocking and sudden disappearance in 1935.

The Mystery of Clara Cloud has three acts, taking place in each of the museum’s three large exhibit hangars, with a run time of about one hour. There will be four performances, as follows: Saturday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.

The play is directed by Chris Bushey of Bloomfield. The cast includes Virginia Wolf of Farmington, Melissa Veale of Simsbury, Christy Donahue of West Hartford, Betsy Bradley of New Britain, Mark O’Donnell of Windsor, Gloria Gick of Simsbury, Karen Balaska of Somers, Stephanie MacGillivary of Enfield, and Mark Vogel of Hartford. For more information about the show, including how to order tickets, please visit The museum has free parking and is located at 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

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