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  • Country Star McCreery Wants Fan Birthday Gifts Sent To 12.14 Foundation

    In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, country music and American Idol star Scotty McCreery (right) is asking fans and followers planning to send him birthday gifts on October 9 to instead make a donation to The 12.14 Foundation. McCreery, the organization’s National Goodwill Ambassador, is pictured here with Foundation founder and Newtown resident Dr Michael Baroody.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Longtime Newtown resident Pete Samoskevich was surprised on Saturday by his family and friends with a celebration of his 80th birthday. Pete, known best around town on the ball diamonds and working at Sunoco, continues to be a presence in town, entertaining anyone who will talk with him. Happy Birthday, Petey!

  • 12.14 Foundation Summer Musicals Leave Newtown Singing

    Every single person involved with this summer’s 12.14 Foundation musicals, from the executive production team led by Newtowner Dr Michael Baroody and Director Michael Unger, to the crew, cast, adult volunteers, and even those who turned out for one or all the performances of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical and A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream owe themselves a standing ovation.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Want to know how to catch a raccoon? Well, don’t ask Howard Lasher. Someone told Howard that the best way to solve the raccoon problem in his garden was to place sardines in a Hav-A-Hart trap. That may attract raccoons, true, but there are many other animals that are tempted by those stinky little fish — and when Howard and Jeanette were unable to find their cat, Georgio Katz, I’ll bet you can guess where he was. Poor Georgio was trapped. At least he didn’t go hungry.

  • Talent Competition At NHS, August 5

    The 12.14 Foundation will present “Connecticut’s Got Talent!,” a talent competition that will feature performers ranging in age from 6 to 56, “and bring a variety of incredible talent to the stage,” said Allison Koziol, chair of the committee organizing the show. Hosted by and a benefit for The 12.14 Foundation, the show will include solo singers, groups, bands, dancers, even a percussionist and a juggler, Ms Koziol told The Newtown Bee on August 1.

  • Two Musical Premieres: One Opening Night Done, Another Approaching

    Jane Shearin as Puck, runs through a scene from A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream with cast member Joe Verga, who plays Lysander in one of two casts of the world premiere musical.

  • A Second Summer Of Theater From the 12.14 Foundation

    To the Editor:

    As the parent of a child performing in the 12.14 Foundation's theater productions this summer, I want to thank the Foundation and the many theater professionals who returned for a second summer, working six days a week with more than 200 local area children to produce “101 Dalmatians: The Musical” and “A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream”!

  • Rehearsals Underway For ‘Rockin’ Midsummer Night,’ ‘101 Dalmatians’ Musicals

    The 12.14 Foundation is well into rehearsals for two productions that will be presented at Newtown High School next month.

    The world premiere of A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new musical version of Shakespeare’s story adapted by Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar with a score by Mr Svejcar.

  • Dennis DeYoung Visits: Two Theatrical Firsts Prepping To Premiere In Newtown

    Rock star Dennis DeYoung has performed before millions of fans as a musician and actor; has been honored with a number one hit and People’s Choice Award for his touching ballad, “Babe” as a member of the rock band Styx; and has contributed his creative talents to full-scale musical productions.

  • "Connecticut's Got Talent" Submissions Being Accepted, Live Auditions Also Slated

    “Connecticut’s Got Talent” is a talent competition open to anyone ages 5 to 105 with a desire to bring their family friendly talent to the stage.

    The competition, scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, at Newtown High School, will help fund The 12.14 Foundation’s two summer musicals: A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream and The 101 Dalmatians Musical.