Playwright George Kelly came from a notable Philadelphia family whose ranks included a champion Olympic oarsman and a movie star who married a prince, but his own star led him to the stage, first as a vaudevillian performer and then as a playwright. He was very successful in the 1920s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his drama Craig’s Wife, and achieving great popular success with his comedy, The Show-Off. He drifted to Hollywood in the thirties, but found little satisfaction there. By today, most people have never heard of him. Now Westport Country Playhouse is hoping to gain him recognition again, with its revival of The Show-Off, touting it as an example of American comedy. Performances continue on the historic theater’s stage until June 29.
Three years ago, Town Players of Newtown audiences were treated to a portrait of the young Picasso, early in his career, in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This summer, see Picasso at the height of his career, shortly after he painted "Guernica," in Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso, at The Little Theatre July 12 to August 3.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 23. Retired Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Lee Glover and Retired Hook & Ladder Engineer Ed Forbell will be at the society’s headquarters along with a vintage ladder wagon, hose wagon, and pumper. The men will talk about and answer questions concerning the antique pieces. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will lead a walking tour of the oldest sections of Village Cemetery, Newtown’s primary cemetery.
On Saturday, June 29, the Connecticut Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Danbury Moose Lodge No. 1373 will host the second annual Family Fun Day Celebration for Community Cancer Survivors and their families. The event will be at Danbury Moose Family Center, from 1 to 5 pm. There will be carnival themed games, food, live entertainment, children’s activities, swimming and raffles. Cancer survivors and children under 5 years old are admitted free. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, or $15 for families of four. Proceeds will benefit LLS and its mission of curing blood cancers and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
Dancers from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet will perform Peter and the Wolf (with narration) and members of The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company will perform their own choreographed pieces during the studio’s annual spring recital. Students will be performing under the direction of Artistic Director Jennifer Johnston. Performances are Friday, June 21, at 6 pm, and Saturday, June 22, at 4 pm, in the cafetorium of Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Admission is free.
Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will host its 2nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day this weekend. The event will run from 10:30 am until 1 pm, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 22. This is a catch and release event for ages 10 and under.
Newtown author Sydney Eddison will open her garden for a tour and to introduce a new series of workshops that make connections between art and the garden. As a former set designer and drama teacher, she has delighted in exploring the close relationship that exists between the two. “Because nature is the co-creator of any garden, gardeners can actually fulfill the yearning many of us feel to be artists,” says Mrs Eddison, who lives in Sandy Hook and has agreed to host the special offering on Saturday, July 13.
Based on a comedy by Jan De Hartog called "The Fourposter" (because the entire play takes place in a bedroom dominated by a large bed), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's "I Do! I Do!" follows the life of a marriage. Because of the simple set and the two person cast, it is the kind of show often put on by regional and amateur theaters as a cost saver to offset the expenses of more lavish productions in their schedule. Thus it has been chosen as this year’s light summer musical for Ridgefield Theater Barn, and judging by the crowd on a recent Saturday night, a lot of people are really enjoying the production.
Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the Wolfe Park Concert Series has a new night: Friday evenings to help kick off the weekend. The new night has allowed organizers to bring in a new slate of entertainers that are guaranteed to bring guests to their feet and get hands clapping. All concerts begin at 7 pm and are held in the concert picnic area on the pool side of Wolfe Park.
On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. All dogs at the clinic must be on leashes, and all cats must be in carriers. The vaccines will be administered by staff from Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals.