July 19--NORWALK -- The Music Theatre of Connecticut is expected to receive $150,000 of state aid as it moves from Westport to Norwalk, it was announced Friday by state Sen. Bob Duff, D-25.
The Music Theatre of Connecticut, currently located at 246 Post Road East in Westport, is constructing a new facility at 509 Westport Ave. in Norwalk.
"I am very excited to have the Music Theatre of Connecticut relocating to our city and building a new venue to host their first-class productions," Duff said in a release. "Culture and the arts are essential for any successful city, and as the Music Theatre and other Norwalk attractions grow, so will our shops, restaurants and other businesses."
Duff said the announcement represents the latest in a series of state investments to support new development in Norwalk and bolster the arts and culture in the city. Other investments have been made in Norwalk 2.0 and the renovation of the historic Globe Theater, now the Wall Street Theater, in the Wall Street area of Norwalk.
"Our city is very fortunate to have such a successful theater company moving to town, adding to our growing list of cultural attractions," Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling said in a release. "I know that the Music Theatre has been seeking a new home for some time, and I couldn't be more pleased that they found it right here in Norwalk."
The total cost of the project has been estimated at $600,000. The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $150,000 in support next week, Duff said.
The theater's new location will include a black box theater with 120 seats that wrap around the main stage on three sides. State-of-the-art sound and lighting will support the productions, as well as rehearsal studios, costume and scenic shops, dressing rooms and administrative office space.
"We have been on the hunt for a larger space for a very long time," said Kevin Connors, executive artistic director and co-founder of the theater. "It wasn't easy, but we finally found it in Norwalk. We are very excited to actually be moving forward. This state aid will help us to close the gap between our private fundraising and the total cost of the project. It is great to be part of a community that is so supportive of the arts."
The Music Theatre of Connecticut was founded in 1987. It holds professional and student productions and is a school of performing arts.
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