Victoria Madden, who is playing Princess Aurora/The Sleeping Beauty, for the upcoming special performances of Sleeping Beauty is surrounded during a recent rehearsal by fairies: from left, Elizabeth Delp (playing Fairy of the Crystal Fountain), Vianna Schappach (Fairy of the Songbirds), Katerina Ringes (Fairy of the Enchanted Garden), Monique Dubois (Fairy of the Woodland Glade), and Riley Smith (Fairy of the Golden Vine).
RIDGEFIELD — In an interview ahead of his Ridgefield Playhouse show June 10, highly respected and award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield said after nearly 25 years in the business, it’s still incomprehensible when he is aligned beside fellow British players like Eric Clapton and Peter Green
But all humility aside, Schofield told The Newtown Bee he is excited to be able to thrill true blues fans and newcomers alike, exposing his audiences to the “irreplaceable joy of live music."
The Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson have debuted a new cookbook, The Grilling for Heroes Cookbook: Sizzling Recipes for Your Propane Grill, to raise money for wounded veterans.
Congratulations to the “Sandy Hook Fredericks Clan.” Sawyer Fredericks, nephew of Bonnie Fredericks, owner of Sandy Hook Hair Co, was named the new champion on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night. Bonnie hosted a number of The Voice viewing parties this past season, in support of him, at the VFW. Sawyer spent his early years here in Newtown, in case you want to puff up with a little pride. I’m sure all of his local relatives and friends are already doing so!
Occupation: I am a clerk at Queen Street Cleaners, in the Big Y plaza. I’ve been working here for about ten years. I was as dog groomer for 23 years. It was dirty work, but I loved those animals.
Family: My son, Joseph, was a Danbury Police Officer for 15 years. He is married to Brenda. I have three grandchildren, Jonah, 20; Raquel, 18; and David, 16. I have an older brother in North Carolina, too.
With her voice filling Newtown Congregational Church and her fingers drifting across piano keys, special guest and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Saturday, May 16. She and others came together for a benefit concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” to raise funds for Families United in Newtown (FUN), which resident Linda Jones established in 2008 to offer recreational programs and respite for families with special needs children like her late son Tyler, who was a non-verbal child with autism.
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of Godspell rocks, literally. This performance of an updated version of the original, which was conceived and directed by John Michael Tebelar, with music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, has been blessed with an incredibly energetic and talented cast which is being imaginatively directed by Mensah Robinson, making his directorial debut with this vibrant creation.
The annual fundraising and volunteer thank you breakfast hosted by the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut will take place Wednesday, June 17, at The Waterview, 215 Roosevelt Drive (Route 34), just over the Newtown line in Monroe.