NCTV79 to air 'Stars of Summer Theatre and Broadway in Concert'
Updated 1:57 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan staged a musical theatre concert this past summer titled "Stars of Summer Theatre and Broadway in Concert" at its Waveny Park tent theatre to a standing room only audience. The evening featured 20 past and current star performers of the summer season and Broadway.
Returning Summer Theatre of New Canaan stars reprised marquee songs from past summer shows and Broadway shows. The evening was recorded live and will be presented on NCTV79, New Canaan's Public Access Station on Cablevision channel 79.
Stars of Summer Theatre and Broadway will air Friday, Nov. 18, through Thanksgiving Day at noon and 8 p.m. daily on NCTV79 to all New Canaan Cablevision customers.
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The event kicks off the Summer Theatre fall fundraising campaign.
"Rarely will you see this much talent and fun on one stage in a summer evening," Melody Meitrott Libonati, artistic director of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and director of the staged concert evening, said. "Magic happened at Waveny Park that evening."
"The show is being presented on NCTV 79 as a big thank you to the New Canaan community for its support over the years," executive producer Ed Libonati said.
The Stars of Summer Theatre and Broadway in Concert features both adult and child performers from New Canaan, across Connecticut and New York City. Pros from New Canaan include Allison Gray performing songs from "Camelot" and "The Sound of Music," Christian Libonati performing songs from "Big River" and "Charlie Brown," Sadie Seelert, recently in the Broadway production of "Mary Poppins," performing songs from "Seussical, the Musical" and "Mary Poppins," Melody Meitrott Libonati opens the evening and talented young performers Delaney and Mallory Bennhoff, Abby Graham, Rachel Guth and Whitney Woerz are featured.
From Darien are Joan Mitchell Carlo, who performs selections from "The Sound of Music" and "The Music Man," from Norwalk, Kyle & Nathan Brenn, who were in the Broadway production of West Side Story, perform songs from "Into the Woods," "Westside Story" and "The Music Man." From Greenwich, Richard Weidlich performs selections from "The Music Man" and "Camelot," from Weston, Sean Hannon sings from the musical "Peter Pan" and from Harford, Joshua Heggie performs songs from "Big River."
Returning stars from New York City include Marissa Perry ("Hairspray"), Edmund Bagnell ("Sweeny Todd," "Charlie Brown"), Malika Petty ("Big River," "Charlie Brown") and Brian Silliman ("Midsummer Night's Dream"). The music direction and piano accompaniment was by Darien resident and Broadway performer Dan Micciche ("Chicago"), with lighting design by Devon Allen of New Canaan. Video services were provided by Spencer Hinds of Video Ventures.
Stars of Summer Theatre and Broadway will air Friday, Nov. 18, through Thanksgiving Day at noon and 8 p.m. daily on NCTV79 to all New Canaan Cablevision customers. This presentation to the community kicks off the Summer Theatre fall fundraising campaign. The community is asked to consider making a donation to the Summer Theatre of New Canaan to support local professional theatre and its educational programs for the community.
The fundraising campaign also features a limited number of special Broadway Show benefit tickets for sale. See Harry Connick Jr. in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., and Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan" Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Each star will meet and greet with STONC's benefit ticket holders following the show. These special benefit tickets can be purchased online at www.stonc.org or at the Summer Theater box office by phone at 203-966-4634. Benefit tickets are 50 percent tax deductible and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a nonprofit organization at 237 Elm St. in New Canaan and planning its ninth season of providing summer theater experiences for the entire family. Summer programs include Theatre for Young Audiences, Middle School Junior Company, High School Apprenticeships, Professional College Internships, Special Needs Youth Theatre Program, Family Theatre and Community Outreach performances.
For more information visit www.stonc.org.