ACT of Connecticut brings the bright lights of Broadway to Ridgefield

Ridgefield residents will soon be able to experience the best of Broadway without leaving their back yards. Debuting in June, ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre), a new regional Equity theater, will bring Broadway-caliber productions to the area. Three Broadway professionals and Ridgefield locals, Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri, founded ACT of Connecticut with a mission to … read more

After scrambling for financing, town sprints to meet ACT schedule

Work on the Schlumberger site has begun. The $680,000 projected cost will be covered without more money from the taxpayers, but it may be a sprint to finish the work in time for the June opening of a musical production in the theater building. “The site work has started,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday. “We have a meeting with … read more

Budget transfers of $680,000 will cover Schlumberger work

Dick Larson, Schlumberger committee chairman, at the site as it looks today.

With tenants progressing on renovations at two town-owned Schlumberger buildings, the town plans to allocate $680,000 needed for Schlumberger Phase I site work — parking lots, roads drainage and landscaping — through budget transfers. Because the expenses can be covered with transfers, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen, approval of voters at town meeting isn’t necessary, though the finance … read more

Hair-raisers: Inaugural ball collects $13,000 for The Aldrich

On March 10, Whip Salon and Sparkle Events co-hosted the inaugural Hair Ball fund-raising event for the Aldrich Art Museum. The Aldrich was turned into a NYC-style nightclub for the evening, and guests were encouraged to come with fun and unusual hairstyles. The event was sponsored by Ridgefield Magazine, ACT of Connecticut, Bailey’s Backyard, Pizza It Yourself and Litchfield Distillery … read more

Former Schlumberger property: Repairs get public hearing Wednesday

Before the new tenants move in, the town will have to fix up the former Schlumberger property located at 36 Old Quarry Road. A series of proposed modifications will go in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing Wednesday, July 5. If approved, the changes will expedite the move in date for Ridgefield-based theater company ACT … read more

Selectmen will consider fire chief vacancy, land buy Wednesday

A closed-door, executive session interview for the fire chief vacancy is on the agenda when the Board of Selectmen meets as the Fire Commission  Wednesday, May 24. There’s also a selectmen’s meeting in executive session Wednesday, where the board will privately discuss a possible purchase of land in Ridgebury. Both meetings will also include public session discussions, and are at … read more

‘Increased use’ slows down Old Quarry projects

Traffic, medical waste, and overdevelopment were some of the concerns raised during Tuesday night’s public hearing for a proposed assisted living facility and mixed-use building at 55 Old Quarry Road. The five-acre property, owned by Selectman Steve Zemo, is being subdivided to create Old Quarry Commons — a self-storage building with eight two-bedroom apartments on the second floor — on … read more

Schwartz joins ACT of Connecticut

Ridgefield resident and Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz is joining ACT of Connecticut as an artistic advisor. ACT — A Contemporary Theatre — said it will dedicate one show in each of its first five seasons to the Grammy-award-winning playwright. The company received approval from town voters last month to renovate and take over the former Schlumberger auditorium. Schwartz, who will has … read more

Voters approve Schlumberger leases

The Board of Selectmen — tasked with selling the Schlumberger property the town bought back in December 2011 — breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday night when voters approved a pair of $1-a-year leases that the selectmen have worked on over the last several months. Under the proposed leases, which more than 130 residents unanimously voted to approve, the Philip Johnson Building will be … read more

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