Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Broadway Shows, Special Needs Performance Highlight Summer New Canaan

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan (STONC) 2012 Theatre Festival in Waveny Park will include mainstage productions of the such Broadway classics as My Fair Lady and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, plus The Wizard of Oz, Pinkalicious, The Musical, Disney’s High School Musical 2,

The Stars of Broadway Concert and an additional performance of The Wizard of Oz performed by special needs youngsters mentored by professional actors.

STONC musicals are presented in Waveny Park in a state-of-the-art open-air tent theatre with reserved seating plus stage-side and orchestra box dining as well as open field seating and picnicking. Performances take place rain or shine.

Opening the 2012 season will be My Fair Lady Friday, June 15 through July 7. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat featuring a professional company of actors and a 20-member choir of local children, runs Saturday, July 14 through Aug. 5.

The festival also features a Theatre for a Young Audience series of shows: The Wizard of Oz (Sunday, June 17 through Saturday, Aug. 4); Pinkalicious, The Musical (special preview Wednesday on the 4th of July opens Saturday, July 7 thru Sunday, Aug. 5) is a charming smash hit based on the popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Come dressed in Pink.

In addition, STONC’s Junior Company will present Disney’s High School Musical 2 on Friday, July 27 at 4 pm. The Junior Company, created only for middle school-age children grades 5 thru 8, will work with the Summer Theatre professional actors, director, choreographer, designers and crew who will instruct, rehearse and assist the students in mounting the production. Tuition for this three week performance intensive program and production in the afternoons is $695.

The festival will also include an additional performance of The Wizard of Oz performed by the Summer Theatre Drama Ramas company of special children with needs. Professional actors currently performing in the same festival show will have mentored and rehearsed with each special needs child to help them sing, dance and perform the roles in this very special performance. Tuition for this 3 week Drama Ramas program is $425 (some scholarships available) and their performance is on Thursday, June 28 at 4 pm.

The tent theater opens one-hour prior to performance for picnics or dining at reserved tables and the house opens 30 minutes prior to performance for regular ticket holders. Reserved seating available online or can be purchased one hour prior to performances on site.

Theatre entrance and free parking is located at 11 Farm Road, Canaan. Take the New Canaan High School Entrance, follow road to end at Dunning Field Parking lots. The Outdoor Tent Theatre and picnic areas are adjacent to Parking area.

For directions via auto and train go to stonc.org and click on directions or set GPS units for Summer Theatre of New Canaan located at 11 Farm Road Canaan CT. Take the New Canaan High School Entrance and follow road to Dunning Field and Waveny Park.

Tickets prices begin at: $30 for the musicals and $16 for the Theatre for Young Audience shows. Schedules, tickets and info: 203-966-4634 weekedays 10 am to 5 pm; www.stonc.org

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