Friday, November 15, 2013

Connecticut Arts Connections

More than 20 stars from Broadway and Fairfield County will perform in A NIGHT OF STARS IN CONCERT Dec. 7 to benefit the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and support their successful arts education programs. 

Broadway, Regional and local professional artists will be performing popular Broadway show tunes including Broadway and Disney composer/song writer/Music Director David Friedman (Beauty & The Beast, Scandalous). Also on board: Jodi Bryce Stevens (Jekyll & Hyde), Gary Harger (Shenandoah), Janelle Roberts (Mary Poppins), Kate Bodenheimer (Charlie Brown), Chris De Rosa, Corinne Curtis & Grace Hardin (“Joseph”), Christina Farruggia (Grease), Allison Gray (Sound of Music), Melody Meitrott Libonati (Grease) Sharon Mallane (Hair Spray), Andrew Serks (Rock of Ages); New York Performers include: Tiffan Borelli (South Pacific), Jason Michael Evans (Miss Saigon), Joshua Heggie (Big River), Daniel Kline (South Pacific), Malika Petty (Charlie Brown), Brian Silliman (My Fair Lady). 

Featured child artists are Sadie Seelert (Mary Poppins), Christian Camporin (Little Mermaid) & Noah Ayer (South Pacific).Also sharing the stage and backing up some of the singing artists will be a student choir from the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan whose students performed as the children choir in the Summer Theatre company’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat.A Night of Stars in Concert will be presented by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan in the New Canaan Country School Theatre located at 695 Frog Town Road. Evening begins at 7:30 pm with a pre-show wine reception (open to all ticket holders), Concert begins at 8 pm (includes live-auction) and is followed by a post-show reception with the evening’s stars and Board of Trustees. More information and tickets for A Night of STARS in Concert and the Summer Theatre of New Canaan is at

Newsies, the Tony Award-winning “critics’ pick” Broadway musical smash, will play an exclusive premiere engagement at Palace Theater in Waterbury during the 2014-15 season.

Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time. For information or to register for advance ticket access notifications, visit

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, adapted and directed by Dustin Wills, will be presented by the Yale School of Drama Dec. 13-19 at the University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven.

Peter Pan features compositions by Dan Schlosberg, scenic design by Mariana Sanchez Hernandez, costume design by Grier Coleman, lighting design by Joey Moro, sound design by Tyler Kieffer, dramaturgy by Dana Tanner-Kennedy, and stage management by Anita Shastri.

The cast includes Chris Bannow, Aaron Bartz, Prema Cruz, Hugh Farrell, Maura Hooper, Gabe Levey, Matthew McCollum, Michelle McGregor, Mariko Nakasone, Tom Pecinka, Aaron Luis Profumo, Mickey Theis, and Sophie von Haselberg.

Tickets, $10-$25, are available online at, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Box Office (1120 Chapel Street at York Street).Please note: Peter Pan may not be suitable for all children. Please contact the Box Office at 203-432-1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.

Goodspeed Musicals will be holding local adult Equity auditions for its 2014 season, on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. in East Haddam. Goodspeed is seeking adult male and female Equity actors.

All auditions are by appointment only. Appointments may be made starting immediately. Call 860- 873-8664, ext. 387, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Goodspeed Musicals 2014 season will be Damn Yankees (3/11-6/21), Fiddler on the Roof (5/27-9/13) and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (8/19-11/30). The Norma Terris Theatre 2014 season will be announced shortly. Candidates must be available for four weeks of rehearsal and a 4 to 14-week performance run.

Interested performers should bring a resume, photo and sheet music and be prepared to sing two short numbers: an up-tempo song and a ballad. Music must be legible and in the proper key (No lead sheets please). An accompanist will be provided.

Performers of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.

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