Lawn seating and reserved seats were still available as of Thursday, July 16, for Tim McGraw’s July 17 concert at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. The country star announced in April that all proceeds from the show, part of his Shotgun Rider Tour, will benefit Sandy Hook Promise. The tour was named for the lead single off the performer’s latest album, "Sundown Heaven Town," which was released in September 2014.
TheaterWorks New Milford’s main stage production of "Time Stands Still" is a subtle, moving piece of drama that gives pause as it explores the monumental challenges faced, collateral damage inflicted, and price paid by those who are witness to trauma. This is accomplished with humor, tenderness and urgency. This story is played out in such a way that the meaning and message come gradually. There are no jarring revelations; the play is exemplary of playwriting as an art of showing and not telling.
An “oldie but a goodie” read the invitation to view and review The Sherman Players current production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring. This rendition, which opened July 10, is definitely more goodie than oldie. It is as light as light as a feather and as dark as a rabbit hole, while all the while incredibly funny. Performances continue weekends, including two Sunday matinees, until August 2.
A stirring evening of toe tapping music and bebop dance is playing out under the stars at Richter Park. Musicals at Richter’s second production of their season is "Hairspray," with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. This musical tackles a sensitive and all too topical subject with music, humor and love, while delivering its simple message of inclusiveness and appreciation for diversity.
Students and adults filling the Newtown High School lobby Saturday, July 11, were dressed as if for a Halloween party. However, the nerds, construction crews, minions, cowboys, and others were costumed to show their team’s spirit for a community “spelling bee,” put on stage by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation. The event was not a competition, but instead an evening of fun that doubled as a fundraiser. Hosting that evening were the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee creators Rebecca Feldman and Jay Reiss, who worked with NewArts Artistic Director Michael Unger on the original production of the play that earned six 2005 Tony Award nominations.
A concert featuring Les Paul's Trio that was scheduled for the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room this Saturday evening, July 18, has been cancelled. As of Tuesday morning, low ticket sales were cited as the reason for the cancellation.
My chestnut pony Gingersnap first made the long journey with me to summer camp in New York’s Adirondack Mountains when she’d been in our family for just over a year. She was barely 4 years old. I was 12. Loaded into an open-sided flatbed truck for the trip North, I met her a few days later at Camp MacCready. This sister camp to Camp Pok-O-Moonshine, a converted military boys camp, also clung to rituals like morning inspections, Sunday vespers, and eating en masse in a mess hall. Fortunately, the girls camp had a horse program with its own rituals where I learned to ride just two seasons earlier. I’ve never been a morning person. Not even the lure of getting up early for a horse show works. So as a tween at camp, rolling out of my top bunk to join the other “horse masters” to feed our hungry charges and muck manure-laden stalls, all before breakfast served precisely at 8 am, was a daunting task.