The Ridgefield Playhouse was scheduled to present 33 performances of 11 Arts in Education titles this season. Subjects ranged from various literary titles bringing books to life on stage, to history, to presenting STEM shows geared toward grades pre-K through middle school.
However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, 18 of those shows were canceled. In particular, on March 24 and 25, about 1,450 students and teachers were due to attend Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream, presented by the touring company Sundog Theater. As part of these performances, The Ridgefield Playhouse, along with one of the Arts in Education sponsors Union Savings Bank, invited students to be part of an essay contest where they interview a family member and share their family’s story of coming to America.