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New Canaanites among cast members in 'Of Mice and Men'

Published 9:16 am, Sunday, May 5, 2013
  • New Canaan actors Christopher Beaurline, Tyler Giggi and Richard Stewart are among the cast members in the Town Players of New Canaanís production of "Of Mice and Men," which opens Friday, May 3 at the Powerhouse Theatre at Waveny Park. There are posed with Walter Stewart's Model T delivery van, which was in use in the period in which John Steinbeck's classic American story takes place. Photo: Contributed
    New Canaan actors Christopher Beaurline, Tyler Giggi and Richard Stewart are among the cast members in the Town Players of New Canaanís production of "Of Mice and Men," which opens Friday, May 3 at the Powerhouse Theatre at Waveny Park. There are posed with Walter Stewart's Model T delivery van, which was in use in the period in which John Steinbeck's classic American story takes place. Photo: Contributed

 

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Several New Canaan actors are featured in the Town Players of New Canaan's production of "Of Mice and Men," which opened on Friday, May 3.

John Steinbeck's classic American drama will be staged at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park also on Friday and Saturday on May 0, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m.

While the Town Players' productions over its 66 years have featured actors from throughout Fairfield County, several "hometown" performers will be on the Powerhouse stage as well.

"Of Mice and Men" presents three resident thespians.

Richard Stewart plays "the Boss" in his first on-stage appearance. However, in his youth he played before New Canaan crowds as a tri-captain of a New Canaan High School championship football team, as well as working as a cashier at Walter Stewart's Market.

Now, as a practicing attorney for more than four decades, he has appeared before numerous trial judges, the Connecticut Appellate Court, state Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tyler Giggi, who plays the hot-headed son of the ranch boss, is no stranger to local audiences. He played leading roles in New Canaan High School productions of "Sweet Charity," "Oklahoma" and "The Drowsy Chaperone" as well as several TPNC holiday pantos. "After taking a break from performing for much of the year, I was eager to find my sea legs in a `professional setting' and `Of Mice and Men' is one of my favorite stories of all time. ... I am passionate about the story," Giggi said in a release.

Christopher Beaurline plays a ranch hand in the New Canaan show but in Sarasota Opera's production of Carlisle Floyd's opera "Of Mice and Men," he sang the role of Lennie. He has sung with opera companies throughout Connecticut and the country having graduated with both a master's and professional studies diploma in opera performance from the Mannes College of Music. A Realtor in the New Canaan office of William Pitt Sotheby's, Beaurline decided to audition when he was walking his dog, Clyde, in Waveny Park, saw the Powerhouse Theatre, and decided "to go for it," he said.

Co-producer Tom Butterworth, also a New Canaan resident, said, "It takes enormous effort -- as many as 3,000 hours by 40 volunteers -- to produce a show like `Of Mice and Men.' And yet, some of the most talented and dedicated actors, designers and technicians have joined up, just for the thrill of being involved. A common goal commits us to the cause: To create an insightful and deeply moving experience that will hold our audience in awe."

For behind-the-scenes videos, photos and stories about the show, visit www.tpncshows.org. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 203-966-7371.