Parents can never be sure how their children will react to their first day of kindergarten. Some children hop on the bus without hesitation, and maybe slow down long enough to give a wave to their anxious parents before starting a new adventure with future friends. Others will cling, or cry, or worse, making the first day difficult for everyone involved.
BROOKFIELD — Is musical theater the vehicle for portraying society’s deeper, darker issues and transforming a message from taboo to topical? The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts (TBTA) production of Next to Normal, a musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, proves that it is exactly the venue for such a conveyance.
DANBURY — What’s not to love about a warm breezy summer evening, a picnic in the park, and songs so familiar and divine you could sing along? There is everything to love about the Musicals at Richter’s production of Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by the sublime Cole Porter, and book by Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse. This musical has stood the test of time and continues to entertain and delight.
Occupation: I’m a traffic agent through the Newtown Police Department. I have three schools that I work at: Newtown High School, St Rose, and Hawley School, plus St Rose Church, once every three weeks.
Family: I have two daughters, both in their 20s, Carole and Crystal, and my heart’s desire, my 5-year-old grandson, Damien. And a very supportive husband, Steve. We’ve been married 16 years.
If you’re reading this column, I know you are a supporter of the printed word. Need I remind you that one of New England’s largest book sales gets underway this Saturday, July 12, right here in town? Friends of the C.H. Booth Library presents the 39th Annual Book Sale at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, beginning at 9 am. The real fun begins at 7 am, though, when numbered admission tickets go on sale at the door, for $5 each.
The public is invited to join Newtown Parks & Recreation Department staff and supporters on Saturday, July 26, at 11 am, at Dickinson Park for a Dickinson Memorial Playground (FunSpace II) grand opening celebration.
In Newtown, the rains were heavy, the wind was stiff, and the lightning was striking. But compared with towns such as Waterbury, Bantam, and Carmel, N.Y., which were damaged by tornadoes, Newtown had little to complain about, in connection with the storms that hit the area on the early evening of July 10.
After enduring rain squalls and pesky mechanical problems while dodging overly enthusiastic photographers and bugs that hit his facemask like bullets, Newtown resident Frank Buonanno finally settled back into his life as a semiretired classic car restoration expert.
The film starring Chris Evens, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, and Anthony Mackie, et al, is being featured daily, July 11–16, at the theater within the historic building at 45 Main Street.
It is turning into “a banner year,” said Friends of C.H. Booth Library Book Sale Volunteer Toni Earnshaw of the CD, DVD, and even sci-fi/mystery book sections of the upcoming book sale.
“Twice as many CDs as last year — 7,000 at last count” have been donated for this year’s fundraiser, which returns to the air-conditioned Reed Intermediate School for its 39th annual offering Saturday through Wednesday, July 12–16.