TheatreWorks New Milford’s production of "Souvenir" is awesome. A night at the theatre I will not soon forget. Written by Stephen Temperley, this comedy with music is immensely entertaining while covering all of the emotional bases. The direction of Ms Osborne takes full advantage of the enormous talent in her cast. She has made clean choices and used a simple elegant set, designed by Scott Wyshynski and Richard Pettibone, to showcase actors Priscilla Squiers as the kind-hearted but tone-deaf singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Greg Chrzczon as her charming accompanist and friend Cosme McMoon.
It was an afternoon of lunching, Bingo, and a special Mother’s Day Tea at the Newtown Senior Center, Wednesday, May 6. Nearly 30 women wearing festive springtime hats — and a few men — laughed and visited over a teatime selection of baked goods and hot tea.
Most all who sported hats were proud to note that they had created them. Rose Cipolla made her rose-covered cap the night before. “I have lots of hats. I love to wear them,” said Ms Cipolla.
Claire Theune created a simple bow-adorned headband for the party, and had encouraged Paula Catalano to do the same. Ms Catalano heeded the suggestion, coming up with a delicate floral headband.
Dottie Dellapiano reached into the shopping cart for her hat, weaving a pink fedora out of plastic bags.
With this autumn marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — and May 7 the anniversary of the unconditional surrender by the German Allied Forces, the beginning of the end of the war — The Newtown Bee reached out to local veterans with an invitation to share their stories. Ken Stroud’s memories of the end of the war in Europe are quite different from other World War II veterans. The St Rose deacon emeritus and former Royal Air Force soldier had been a Japanese prisoner of war for more than three years on May 7, 1945, when General Alfred Jodl, chief of staff of the German Armed Forces High Command, signed the unconditional surrender documents for all German forces to the Allies. Dr Irving Freedman's patriotism stems from his experiences in World War II, when he was a member of the six-man US Army 19th Ordinance Bomb Disposal Squad. And Margaret Brokaw may not be able to remember a recent telephone number, but there is one thing the 95-year-old former Army nurse does remember: her Army serial number.
The theater at Edmond Town Hall will offer a free screening of "McFarland USA" on Saturday, May 9. The 7 pm screening will be free of charge thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. Kevin Costner’s latest film follows a struggling coach and teacher (Costner) who has had to move around for different incidents in his career, who finally comes to one of the poorest cities in America: McFarland, California. There he discovers buried potential among several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings them closer than even he could ever imagine.
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) will continue its 58th season with a production of "Godspell" TBTA will be performing the “revival” version of the show, which opened in 2011. Director Mensah Robinson has even added additional updates to the local production, including the performance of Pharrell’s “Happy,” and impressions of Donald Trump and characters from Lord of The Rings, according to Julia Bogdanoff. Julia, 15, is very familiar with the upcoming production, considering she — and 11 other regional actors — have been in rehearsals for the TBTA production since February.
Ashley Gong, a Newtown High School junior and one of five 2014 National Student Poet Ambassadors, is looking forward to sharing her love of poetry with area students in grades 6-8 at the “Po(w)e (r)try” workshop, four Monday evenings, beginning May 18, at C.H. Booth Library.
While Newtown sisters Katie and Jamie Rowan are happy hanging out and playing games or taking an occasional romp on the family trampoline with big sister Amanda, the younger siblings know how their family depends on the sensitive and expert support they receive from state Department of Developmental Services (DDS) professionals who are expert at handling behaviors related Amanda’s autism spectrum disorder. So when Katie, who attends Reed Intermediate School, learned that proposed state budget cuts could greatly reduce or eliminate Amanda’s DDS services, she became one of the younger and more vibrant voices arguing against those possible cuts.