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  • Theater Review: Thoroughly Entertaining ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’

    SHERMAN — An “oldie but a goodie” read the invitation to view and review The Sherman Players current production of Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring. This rendition, which opened July 10, is definitely more goodie than oldie. It is as light as a feather and as dark as a rabbit hole, while all the while incredibly funny.

  • Theater Review: Nuanced, Soulful Performances The Focus Of Current TheaterWorks Production

    NEW MILFORD — TheaterWorks New Milford’s main stage production of Time Stands Still is a subtle, moving piece of drama that gives pause as it explores the monumental challenges faced, collateral damage inflicted, and price paid by those who are witness to trauma. This is accomplished with humor, tenderness and urgency.

    Staged on a phenomenal apartment set, designed by Steve Wyshynski and Richard Pettibone, the souls of the characters created by David Margulies are laid bare and the nomadic nature of their lives revealed.

  • Theater Review: 'Hairspray' At Richter Raises The Bar

    Three performances remain for the second of three shows being presented at Musicals At Richter this summer. hairspray will be played out at Richter Arts Center July 16-18. Newtown Bee Theater Reviewer Elizabeth Young loved the show.

  • NewArts Spelling Bee Succeeded With Savvy Youthful Participants

    Students and adults filling the Newtown High School lobby Saturday, July 11, were dressed as if for a Halloween party. However, the nerds, construction crews, minions, cowboys, and others were costumed to show their team’s spirit for a community “spelling bee,” put on stage by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation.

    The event was not a competition, but instead an evening of fun that doubled as a fundraiser.

  • Les Paul's Trio Show Cancelled

    A concert featuring Les Paul's Trio that was scheduled for the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room this Saturday evening, July 18, has been cancelled.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Summer Camp — Pleasure Pony Dreams

    My chestnut pony Gingersnap first made the long journey with me to summer camp in New York’s Adirondack Mountains when she’d been in our family for just over a year. She was barely 4 years old. I was 12. Loaded into an open-sided flatbed truck for the trip North, I met her a few days later at Camp MacCready. This sister camp to Camp Pok-O-Moonshine, a converted military boys camp, also clung to rituals like morning inspections, Sunday vespers, and eating en masse in a mess hall.

  • Woman’s Club Donations Benefit Ten Local Groups

    Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc recently made donations to ten local organizations. The money for the donations, said Dolores Judge, chairman of the club’s Finance Committee, was raised through fundraising efforts.

    According to Ms Judge, the NWC Ways & Means Committee holds various fundraisers during the club year, including the annual Woman’s Club Christmas Ornament Sale.

  • Brookfield Bassist Fronting Les Paul Trio’s Intimate Town Hall Set

    Les Paul's Trio, featuring Brookfield resident Nicki Parrott, along with Lou Pallo and John Colianni, will be coming to the intimate Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall for a tribute to the legacy of Les Paul, as part of a yearlong 100th birthday celebration. The show is set for July 18 with tickets on sale now — and one lucky ticket holder will go home with a new Les Paul guitar.

  • Buddha Bash Will Benefit REACH Newtown

    The Buddha Bash outdoor charity music festival benefiting REACH Newtown has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, from noon to midnight at the Big Buddha Cigar Lounge, 27 Hawleyville Road.

    The even will feature ten bands, and 12 hours of food trucks and beverage vendors, all for one fantastic cause. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Some featured bands are New Desperations, Dan’s Garage, Charm City Exiles, and Quit Your Day Job.

  • Snapshot: Jen Rogers

    Occupation: I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I’m on the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, which feels like a job. I’m coordinator for the Sunday Cinema Series at Edmond Town Hall.

    Family: My husband is Ed, and we’ve been married 22 years. We have two boys. Ryan is a 2015 Newtown High School graduate, and will go to Sacred Heart University this fall. Timmy is 16 and will be a junior at Newtown High School in the fall.