Town Players of Newtown announces auditions for "An Inspector Calls," the classic “drawing room theater” production by J.B. Priestly. Auditions will be conducted Monday through Wednesday, July 7-9, from 7-9 pm each night at The Little Theatre. The production calls for four men and four women. Rehearsals begin the week of July 20 and the production is slated to run Friday and Saturday evenings, September 5-27, with two Sunday matinees.
Keep an eye out for “Laurel and Hardy” in front of the Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, June 29, when the theater will host screenings of two Hollywood classics. The screenings will be the next installment of the 2014 Sunday Cinema Series celebrating the 75th anniversary of “The Greatest Year in Film — 1939,” presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. The schedule for June 29 will be: 1 pm, Laurel & Hardy’s Flying Deuces; 4 pm, Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo; and 7 pm, a double feature of Ninotchka and Flying Deuces.
Admission for the first two screenings is $2, and $4 for the double feature.
Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, the week of July 14-18. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8-10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life. From lantern-making to butter churning, kids will engage in activities and experiences of a Colonial child living during the 1750s. Campers will learn the tasks they might have been expected to do at home, the types of games they would have played, and the kind of food they would have eaten during the mid-18th Century.
Theatergoers looking for lighter summer fare should enjoy the dramatic comedy "I Hate Hamlet," to be presented by Town Players of Newtown. The production opens Friday, June 27, at The Little Theatre. The production will run June 27-July 20, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and 2 pm matinees on Sundays, June 29, July 13 and July 20. There are no performances the weekend of July 4-6. In addition, Town Players has announced a special Black Box production of "Fully Committee." Todd Santa Maria will play over 40 diverse characters in the fast-paced farce that will have just four performances, August 1-9.
A glass memorial to the victims of 12/14 will be unveiled at a public reception Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 4 pm, at Curtis Packaging, 44 Berkshire Road. Commissioned by local businessman Don Droppo, Sr, the 21-inch-high glass sculpture on a 26- by 30-inch base by artist Lucy Lyon is a library scene of stained glass books lining six shelves, which surround 20 tiny glass chairs.
“Mainly Main Street” is the focus for Newtown Historical Society’s 2014 House & Garden Tour. Ticketholders will be able to visit several antique homes and their hidden gardens, all within the town’s historic district and most within easy walking distance of the flagpole. A professionally landscaped, stunning modern renovation is just a very short drive away. This year’s tour, the 18th annual presentation by the historical society, is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, rain or shine from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 12, from 5 to 9 pm at a private home in Sandy Hook. The event is open to the public, and guests will enjoy food, games, swimming, and performances of French music and songs. French will be spoken but is not necessary. Reservations are due by July 5.
The second annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series for the children of Newtown will open inext week. The series will begin Tuesday, June 24, with Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys returning from Boston to kick off the series. Returning favorites from last year will also include Amy Rogell on July 15, and Zak Morgan, who will again be traveling from Ohio for the final concert, scheduled to take place on August 5. A program of Newtown Parks & Recreation, admission is free. Performances will begin at 12:30 and will again be offered at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, in the band shell. In addition to the music this year, the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter is planning to have a booth set up so that children can paint ceramic hearts following the June 24 concert.
The Ben’s Bells mission recognizes that everyone has the capacity to be kind, and that kindness can be cultivated through intentional practice. The mission of The Sandy Hook Project, Inc is to emphasize that the expression of love for others and yourself are key elements of healing, health and well-being; raise funds to make mental health resources affordable for those affected by the Sandy Hook School shooting; and educate about the symptoms of trauma, so that those struggling know when and how to seek help. The two groups will join together on Sunday, June 22, when the Ben’s Bells Newtown studio hosts a special We Choose Love… and Kindness bead-making session.
Art In Residence Curator Rosemary Rau describes “CAKE,” a large oil painting by Aria Brownell, as “fat with color and fun capturing a party.” The work is one of a few dozen on view at C.H. Booth Library until July 31, in an exhibition being presented by Art In Residence. An opening reception, with the opportunity meet the nine artists represented in the collection, is planned for Saturday, June 21, in the library's lower meeting room.