- Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:15 am
After discussion and hearing from multiple members of the public, the Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to allow The 12.14 Foundation to use Newtown High School’s auditorium and other rooms for its two planned productions this summer.
The 12.14 Foundation’s goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown. This is the third year the foundation will involve local students and residents in musical productions.
- Friday, March 27, 2015
Since 12.14 Foundation summer musical director and creative leader Michael Unger left Newtown after last year’s successful run of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical and A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, he has been very busy. Along with editing an opera DVD in Boise, Idaho, and recently taking on the position of Artistic Director of the York Theatre in New York City, Mr Unger has been working with 12.14 Foundation founder Michael Baroody to determine which shows the company will mount for 2015.
- Tuesday, November 4, 2014
BETHEL — A special concert featuring the Shapiro Sisters (Abigail and Tony Award honoree and Grammy Award nominee Milly), Paige Brady and Ava Ulloa (Matilda), Zachary Unger (Newsies), Jillian Caillouette (two-time winner of the Connecticut High School Music Theatre Awards) and cast members from all three 12.14 Foundation shows (Seussical: the Musical, The 101 Dalmatians Musical and A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream) will be held at Walnut Hill Community Church on Friday, November 7, beginning at 7 pm.
- Saturday, October 25, 2014
When all is sung and done, owners of the soon-to-be-released original soundtrack of The 12.14 Foundation’s A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream will be able to sample from either the “Moon” or “Stars” cast CDs, or they can enjoy all the subtle diversities between the two.
- Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, country music and American Idol star Scotty McCreery (right) is asking fans and followers planning to send him birthday gifts on October 9 to instead make a donation to The 12.14 Foundation. McCreery, the organization’s National Goodwill Ambassador, is pictured here with Foundation founder and Newtown resident Dr Michael Baroody.
- Friday, August 29, 2014
Longtime Newtown resident Pete Samoskevich was surprised on Saturday by his family and friends with a celebration of his 80th birthday. Pete, known best around town on the ball diamonds and working at Sunoco, continues to be a presence in town, entertaining anyone who will talk with him. Happy Birthday, Petey!
- Friday, August 15, 2014
Every single person involved with this summer’s 12.14 Foundation musicals, from the executive production team led by Newtowner Dr Michael Baroody and Director Michael Unger, to the crew, cast, adult volunteers, and even those who turned out for one or all the performances of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical and A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream owe themselves a standing ovation.
- Friday, August 8, 2014
Want to know how to catch a raccoon? Well, don’t ask Howard Lasher. Someone told Howard that the best way to solve the raccoon problem in his garden was to place sardines in a Hav-A-Hart trap. That may attract raccoons, true, but there are many other animals that are tempted by those stinky little fish — and when Howard and Jeanette were unable to find their cat, Georgio Katz, I’ll bet you can guess where he was. Poor Georgio was trapped. At least he didn’t go hungry.
- Saturday, August 2, 2014
Jane Shearin as Puck, runs through a scene from A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream with cast member Joe Verga, who plays Lysander in one of two casts of the world premiere musical.
- Saturday, August 2, 2014
The 12.14 Foundation will present “Connecticut’s Got Talent!,” a talent competition that will feature performers ranging in age from 6 to 56, “and bring a variety of incredible talent to the stage,” said Allison Koziol, chair of the committee organizing the show. Hosted by and a benefit for The 12.14 Foundation, the show will include solo singers, groups, bands, dancers, even a percussionist and a juggler, Ms Koziol told The Newtown Bee on August 1.