Ridgefield happenings: Battle of the Chefs, Touch-A-Truck, and 5K for PTSD

What’s going on in Ridgefield this weekend? The short answer: A lot. The long answer: A triathlon and a 5K, a meeting with the Secretary of the State, and dueling chefs. Below are links to a list of activities going on. It’s arguably the busiest weekend of the year so get out your calendar. Friday, May 31 Ridgefield Theater Barn presents … read more

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee arrives at ACT this weekend

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. The 25th Annual Putnam County … read more

ACT of Connecticut gala raises $200,000

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) raised more than $200,000 at its 2019-2020 season announcement gala last month. Gala attendees were treated to performances by some of the original cast members from ACT’s productions of Mamma Mia, Evita, and Working. ACT’s three productions for next season were revealed by a cast of Broadway stars, including Sarah Litzsinger singing from Little … read more

ACT announces summer camp

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut will host a summer camp for aspiring actors to explore the art of musical theater including character development, voice, dance, and overall production etiquette. The full-day, two-week summer camp will take place from July 15-26. Young actors will be split by age into two sessions —“Giants in the Sky” for students ages 7-12, and … read more

Letter: ‘Working’ review missed the show’s meaning

To the Editor: It is unfortunate that the Curtain Call reviewer of “Working,” the show at the ACT theater did not appreciate the significant meaningfulness of the show. Words, like “sadly downtrodden,” and “pure sentimentality,” suggest that the reviewer did not experience the show as a reflection of the humanity and truth embodied in it. This show, including the music, … read more

Hair-Raiser event to benefit ACT of Connecticut

Whip Salon will host a hair-raiser event Sunday, March 10, that will support ACT of Connecticut. “We’re in awe of the award-winning musicals ACT of Connecticut has produced in its first year. Since supporting our community is a big part of Whip Salon’s company mission, we’re delighted to do our part in spreading the word about this amazing theatre,” said Amy Pal, … read more

Letter: Myths of a ‘bustling’ downtown

To the Editor: Things are repeated so often, we all begin to accept them as gospel truths. “We are an arts destination. They are flocking to our beautiful downtown. The economic development is everywhere.” Let’s look at that one. We opened the Playhouse. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened The Prospector. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened ACT. We now … read more

ACT of Connecticut announces cast for Working before Feb. 14 debut performance

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) announced the cast for its brand new version of Stephen Schwartz’s “Working” last week. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine’s reimagined, multimedia adaptation of the musical has performances from Feb. 14 through March 10. The newly assembled all-star cast for “Working” has six actors playing 26 roles and includes: Brad Greer, Andre Jordan, Cooper Grodin, … read more

ACT of Connecticut to present “Evita” in October

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is gearing up for the next production of its inaugural year, “Evita.” ACT of CT will present the acclaimed Broadway and film musical from October 4-28. Seven-time Tony Award-winning “Evita” melodically interprets Eva Perón’s rise from abject poverty in rural Argentina to become First Lady at the age of 27. With a dazzling score … read more

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