Aug. 29--"No gimmicks, just great theater" is the slogan of Stamford's Curtain Call theater for the just-announced 2013-14 season.
One of the region's strongest and most adventurous community theater companies will serve up classic musicals like "Gypsy" and more recent Broadway musical fare, as well as the landmark Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Curtain Call derives a lot of its distinction from the special programming it does in addition to its full-scale productions.
Executive director Lou Ursone said the venue will continue its Musical Mondays program of presenting new musicals in concert readings.
In addition, Curtain Call will be doing interactive murder mysteries, comedy nights with Michael "Motts" Pelazza and friends and concerts by Stamford resident and Broadway veteran Frank Mastrone.
The season will start Sept. 13 with the area premiere of the Tony-winning musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot." The holiday season show, opening in November, will be another Tony winner, "Fiddler on the Roof."
Next winter and spring will bring productions of "Gypsy," "Les Miserables" and a stage adaptation of the MGM movie "The Wizard of Oz."
In the smaller Dressing Room Theatre, Curtain Call is presenting "A Streetcar Named Desire," the Kaufman and Hart comedy "You Can't Take it With You" and the recent black comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," by Sarah Ruhl.
Ruhl's play deals with modern technology in a wonderful tale of a young woman who answers the cellphone of a man who has just died at the table next to her in a coffee shop.
Curtain Call plans to present 138 nights of entertainment over 42 weekends, making it one of the busiest arts organization in Fairfield County.
Call 203-461-6358 or visit www.curtaincallinc.com.
It's tough to think of a better first professional show for a child actor than the spectacular Michael Wilson production of "A Christmas Carol" at Hartford Stage, which has been presented every holiday season for the past 16 years.
The theater announced last week that it will be conducting auditions for child actors on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. Callbacks will be on Friday, Sept. 20.
Auditions are for children of all ethnic backgrounds, 5 to 13. Children who audition may not be a member of the Actors Equity Association. No child who will turn 14 before Dec. 28 is eligible.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Nov. 12, with performance dates from Friday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 28.
Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call 860-520-7103 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email email@example.com.
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