Jackie Gaudet’s Newtown Music Studio will host an evening of food, musical theater, and song, along with a silent auction and sales of arts, crafts, and garden items, on Saturday, April 6, in the Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.
Doors open for a bring-your-own picnic supper at 5:30 pm, with the “Spring Benefit Concert For New Growth In Newtown” scheduled to begin at 7 . Refreshments will be provided.
The $20 entry fee for adults and $10 fee for students will benefit the Newtown Police Union, 100 percent, in collaboration with Adopt A Cop, a program founded by Linda Antignani of Mother’s Embrace Yoga in Shelton, to help police officers traumatized by the events of 12/14.
Ms Gaudet, who has taught voice to area students for 15 years, said that she feels there is an immediate need to assist local police who responded to Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, and that this musical program is her way of providing help.
“We have several policemen suffering from post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], and that is not covered in their contract. These guys are struggling now,” she said. “It’s horrible what they are going through, and to have them have to worry about money, too, is wrong,” Ms Gaudet said.
Professional and amateur musicians from Newtown, New York City, and Boston will include several of Ms Gaudet’s former students.
“From New York City, and formerly Newtown, are singers Justin Yllanes, Diana Curcuruto, and Victoria Marlin,” said Ms Gaudet. The opening piece for the evening is a staged production by Mr Yllanes and Ms Curcuruto of “Wick” from The Secret Garden.
“It is a lovely metaphor for our town, that we just need sunshine and light, and that there’s life inside,” Ms Gaudet said.
She is pleased to have reconnected with a childhood friend from the Boston area, Eric Langmead. Mr Langmead’s daughter Taylor is a student at Chatcher Montessori School in Milton, Mass., and a member of an indie rock group that will provide entertainment.
Other singers, including Newtown High School student Megan Weber and Newtown resident Tom Sheehan. will be among those performing “family friendly selections of hope and inspiration,” according to information provided by Newtown Music Studio.
“We hope it will be an uplifting and entertaining evening. It’s a diverse group of entertainers and I feel really good about the shape the concert is taking. Everyone has big hearts and is doing a great job,” Ms Gaudet said, “and we are coming together as musicians for this cause.”
Reservations can be made by calling 203-270-8915.