Broadway Records has announced the release of From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook on DVD (February 4), as a two-CD set, as two volumes digitally via iTunes (February 7), and on Blu-Ray (February 18). Broadway Records will donate 100% of its profits to support the Newtown-Sandy Hook community via The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation. Beginning February 12, the 2-CD set and DVD will be available for purchase with combined discounts at Newtown/Sandy Hook area retailers, including Caraluzzi’s, The Toy Tree, Wishing Well, Down on Main Street, Queen Street Gifts & Treats, and Everything Newtown. The Blu-Ray will be available for purchase by February 24. The CD, DVD and Blu-Ray can also be purchased on Amazon.com. Additional retailers within Fairfield County are expected to join going forward.
Town Players of Newtown plan to offer four full productions and one limited run Black Box presentation for its 79th season. The season will open with "The Glass Menagerie" and continue with "I Hate Hamlet," have its Black Box offering of "Fully Committed," and then continue with "Lend Me A Tenor" in the fall and "A Christmas Carol" to close the season.
The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown is having Tovah Martin present a program titled “The Unexpected Houseplant” at 7 pm at Newtown Senior Center on Wednesday, February 12. Ms Martin is the author of many gardening books and is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in many publications throughout the country. She has also appeared on various television shows including Martha Stewart’s. In her presentation, Ms Martin will discuss houseplants with panache and plants that are usually not associated with windowsills.
Paul Frucht wrote "Dawn" to honor the assistant principal at the middle school he attended, and who later became principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The work also honors the other 25 victims of 12/14, and their families, and will be part of the final concert by Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra members and Western Connecticut State University faculty. The concert will be performed Sunday, February 9, at Ives Concert Hall at WCSU.
Town Players of Newtown will host open auditions for "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams on Sunday and Tuesday, February 23 and 25, from 7 to 9 pm each night. Marla Manning will direct the production, which calls for two women and two men. Rehearsals will begin in early March, and performances are scheduled for weekends, April 25 to May 17.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club has an open program and general meeting-photo competition planned for February. The group usually meets at Booth Library, but has moved both of its February programs to The Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall while repairs continue at the town library. On Thursday, February 6, the club will be hosting a “Program Night,” featuring an overview of photography and camera basics. Two weeks later the club will host a general meeting, with members also invited to participate in a competition. Both programs begin at 7:30.
It was many years ago, but contralto singer / songwriter Sloan Wainwright and Newtown musician Cadence Carroll both have similar memories of how they met. Music lovers may recognize Sloan Wainwright as part of the Wainwright dynasty in pop and folk music which includes brother Loudon Wainwright III, neice Martha and nephew Rufus Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche of The Roches. She will be the headline guest February 8 when the Flagpole Radio Café returns to the Edmond Town Hall Theater. Carroll, who has been playing, singing and writing music all her life, and is now a music and drumming instructor, counted herself in her younger days as one of Sloan Wainwrights most enthusiastic followers.
The second annual Sandy Hook Run For Families will be held at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 29. The event will feature a 5K run/fitness walk, as well as a half-mile fun run for children ages 2-11. Newtown children ages 2-10 have been invited to draw a logo for the T-shirts that will be given to youth runners in March. Children are asked to draw a logo that is inspired by the race or conveys what their town means to them. Originally scheduled to close this week, the deadline for entries has been extended to Tuesday, February 4. Contest forms are available at the office of The Newtown Bee, at 5 Church Hill Road; and can be downloaded the race website.
Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work. The assortment of uniformly well acted and crisply directed “shorts” can better be thought of as scenes rather than skits, because between them they have enough depth and substance to make it worth going to. “An Evening of One-Acts 2014” continues only until February 8, on weekends only. The limited run is a shame, considering the talent on display, and the effort so clearly put into it by all concerned.
Last year Hartford’s TheaterWorks mounted a delightful production of Mark St Germain’s "Becoming Dr Ruth," a one-woman dramatic monologue about how an orphaned Holocaust survivor became America’s most popular sex therapist. St Germain’s grasp of human character and his ability to write crisp, incisive speech, which made that play so absorbing and entertaining, are once again on display in his two character prize winning work, "Freud’s Last Session." TheaterWorks is presenting what it calls “the profound and deeply touching play (laced with humor and insight) about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time” until February 23.