Aug. 01--Subscribers are among the most important supporters of local theater companies, but only Stratford's Square One Theatre has an annual awards program where subscribers pick the winners.
Last week, the 18th annual awards were announced at the Stratford Library.
The company's production of the Lisa Loomer play "Distracted" was the top winner, taking two acting prizes and the award for outstanding production.
Lillian Garcia, of Woodbridge, won outstanding lead actress for "Distracted" and Lucy Babbitt, of Stratford, took the outstanding cameo award.
John Bachelder, of Milford, won the outstanding actor prize for his work as the advice-dispensing dad in A.R. Gurney's "Black Tie." It was Bachelder's first appearance at Square One.
Outstanding featured actor and actress were Jim Buffone, of Milford, and Alisson Wood, of Stratford, for "Black Tie."
Square One will begin its 24th season in November with the Connecticut premiere of the recent off Broadway hit "Freud's Last Session."
In last week's column about free outdoor Shakespeare, I failed to mention the 2 p.m. performance of "All's Well That Ends Well" on Saturday, Aug. 10, in a tent on the green adjacent to the Ridgefield Playhouse.
The touring production will be performed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival -- not to be confused with the Hudson Shakespeare Company that plays Stratford every summer -- as part of the playhouse's Shakespeare on the Green and Green Expo.
The free expo will run from noon to 4 p.m. with experts and displays designed to promote "green living" or what the playhouse calls "making sustainable choices about what we eat, how we travel, what we buy, and how we use and dispose of it."
If you are among the millions of moviegoers who have acted out parts of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight screenings of the cult musical over the years, why not try out for a role in an upcoming stage version?
The Carriage House Arts Center in Norwalk is conducting auditions on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Monday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. for a production of the show set for Oct. 18 through Nov. 2.
The Richard O'Brien musical is being directed by Frank Gaffney with music direction by Jessica Lopa and choreography by Lauren Nicole Sherwood.
The producers request that those who audition be prepared to sing a rock song or a song from a rock musical, along with sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.
Call 203-229-9797, or visit www.carriagehouseartscenter.org.
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