ACT of Connecticut production season launches with ‘Mamma Mia!’

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is kicking off its inaugural season with the smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” premiering Thursday, June 7. The production features ABBA’s greatest hits and will star professional talent from Broadway and New York, as well as Fairfield County. More than 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with “Mamma Mia!,” its story, characters … read more

ACT founder will be guest bartender at Gallo May 17

Gallo’s latest celebrity bartender series will benefit ACT of Connecticut, the new Broadway theatre opening in June. Katie Diamond, ACT’s founder and executive producer, is slated to bartend Thursday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. All cash and credit card tips will be donated, as well as 10% of the evening’s liquor sales. 10% of food from dining room reservations made … read more

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

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