Seussical: The Musical, one of Broadway’s most joyous musicals, written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, will be presented at the Newtown High School this summer. The three main forces behind “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook,” which took place on January 28 at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, will reprise their roles on this production. Auditions for student performers begin June 22, rehearsals begin July 8, and the production will be staged August 9-11. There will be two full casts for the production, with two performances each.
Playwright George Kelly came from a notable Philadelphia family whose ranks included a champion Olympic oarsman and a movie star who married a prince, but his own star led him to the stage, first as a vaudevillian performer and then as a playwright. He was very successful in the 1920s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his drama Craig’s Wife, and achieving great popular success with his comedy, The Show-Off. He drifted to Hollywood in the thirties, but found little satisfaction there. By today, most people have never heard of him. Now Westport Country Playhouse is hoping to gain him recognition again, with its revival of The Show-Off, touting it as an example of American comedy. Performances continue on the historic theater’s stage until June 29.
Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will host its 2nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day this weekend. The event will run from 10:30 am until 1 pm, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 22. This is a catch and release event for ages 10 and under.
Newtown author Sydney Eddison will open her garden for a tour and to introduce a new series of workshops that make connections between art and the garden. As a former set designer and drama teacher, she has delighted in exploring the close relationship that exists between the two. “Because nature is the co-creator of any garden, gardeners can actually fulfill the yearning many of us feel to be artists,” says Mrs Eddison, who lives in Sandy Hook and has agreed to host the special offering on Saturday, July 13.
Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the Wolfe Park Concert Series has a new night: Friday evenings to help kick off the weekend. The new night has allowed organizers to bring in a new slate of entertainers that are guaranteed to bring guests to their feet and get hands clapping. All concerts begin at 7 pm and are held in the concert picnic area on the pool side of Wolfe Park.
On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. All dogs at the clinic must be on leashes, and all cats must be in carriers. The vaccines will be administered by staff from Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals.
Based on a comedy by Jan De Hartog called "The Fourposter" (because the entire play takes place in a bedroom dominated by a large bed), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's "I Do! I Do!" follows the life of a marriage. Because of the simple set and the two person cast, it is the kind of show often put on by regional and amateur theaters as a cost saver to offset the expenses of more lavish productions in their schedule. Thus it has been chosen as this year’s light summer musical for Ridgefield Theater Barn, and judging by the crowd on a recent Saturday night, a lot of people are really enjoying the production.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN) will present its 43rd Annual Spring Juried Art Show at Cyrenius H. Booth Library for eight days this month. The will run from Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, June 22, at the library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. An opening reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, to which the public is invited. The exhibition will include works by traditional and contemporary artists who work in oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, graphics and sculpture.
Tomorrow’s meeting and program of the Friends of Counted Embroidery Laurel chapter has been cancelled. A luncheon that was to have taken place during the Thursday, June 13 gathering will instead take place in September, when the group resumes its meetings. FCE-Laurel chapter will now be on its summer break.
Saturday, June 15, is World Juggling Day and Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club has decided to celebrate the day with two offerings. The club’s main event will be at 4 pm at The Pleasance, 1 Main Street. Residents of all ages are invited to play and learn juggling and other prop arts. Members of the group will also be participating in a special event at Trinity Episcopal Church earlier in the day