Nearly 18 months after he first began writing it, Newtown High School senior Alex Lampel had the pleasure of hearing his original orchestral symphony performed by a 100-piece orchestra at Western Connecticut State University’s Ives Concert Hall. Under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, Alex’s work, Chromatic Metamorphosis, was brought to life on Sunday, May 5, as part of the orchestra’s final concert for the season. It was in December 2011, while taking an independent study with music teacher Christopher Lee, that Alex began working on Chromatic Metamorphosis, based on the twelve-12 musical chromatic scale. “I was very happy with the final product,” Alex said a few days after its public debut. “Having a piece premiered was incredible.”
Town Players of Newtown are midway through the production of Douglas Carter Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed." The production, under the sure hand of director David Bass, is a beautifully acted, thought provoking interpretation of what is actually a very serious play, by a major playwright who happens to infuse his lines with a vitriolic sense of humor.
Following the Connecticut State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, held last month in Bristol, five Newtown teams are preparing to head to the World Finals in Michigan, set for May 22-25. A bake sale at Newtown Middle School today — timed to coincide with most of the hours when residents will be voting in the second round referendum — continues to raise funds for the students and chaperones going on that trip. Baked goods are being offered by Odyssey of the Mind team members (and parents) at a table set up near the entrance to the gymnasium residents are using for today's vote. Team parents are taking turns manning the sale, and fresh baked goods will continue to be delivered during the course of the sale. While many voters have stopped and purchased some of the goodies, others have opted to make a donation and forgo the treats. Either way, each dollar means the Reed School fifth grade team is a little it closer to their goal.
Children’s Book Week will be celebrated this year with two days of special events for residents of all ages. On Friday, May 17, a number of celebrated children's authors and illustrators will be visiting Newtown schools. The following day most of those authors and illustrators will still be in town, and will offer “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown" at Newtown Middle School. Saturday's event will offer a number of panel discussions, for those with tickets that can be obtained at the C. H. Booth Library, along with the opportunity to attend drawing sessions with illustrators, and book signings, all open to the public free of charge.
Food drives, discount admission tickets to an amusement park, pillowcases to help children of all ages find peaceful sleep again, fundraising in myriad forms, books donated to a local library in memory of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School… these gestures of kindness, and others, continue to be done to honor those who died and to show support for everyone in Newtown as residents continue to recover following 12/14. James Dietter continues The Newtown Bee's ongoing series with this, the ninth installation of "Gestures of Kindness."
During Children’s Book Week, May 13-19, authors will visit schools on Friday, May 17, and give a “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown” presentation at Newtown Middle School for residents on Saturday, May 18. C.H. Booth Library&rsq...
Local viewers of ABC network’s Wheel of Fortune may have thought they hit the jackpot Monday evening, May 6, when they saw a fellow Newtowner spinning her way through the show. Chrissy Gstell said that she has been a “Wheel Watcher” her entire life.