There's something about experiencing live theatre during the summer in an open air setting that adds another layer of magic and memory to the performance!
Lucky for us, the Summer Theatre of New Cannan (STONC) happens to be just a short 15 mile ride up the road - AND they have some incredible shows planned for their 15th season in 2018!
A Theatre Experience To Remember
STONC is recognized as one of Connecticut's premiere summer theatres featuring award winning musicals, quality young family theatre and education programs. The STONC season is performed outdoors under a state-of-the-art all weather Tent Theatre. Comfortable audience seating and stage-side tables are protected from rain and sun.
And if you decide to take a ride to see one (or more of their performances) this year, you'll definitely be in good company! Approximately 70% of STONC's summer audience comes from outside New Canaan!
"We are proud to have become one of the premier summer theatres in Connecticut contributing to the quality arts scene in Fairfield County for the past 15 summers," said Ed Libonati, executive producer of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. "This summer, we have expanded our season to include 5 shows on 2 stages running in repertory over a 6-week time period. There will be something for everyone!"
Scroll down and continue reading to learn more about the shows that STONC is bringing to their stage for 2018!
Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate - Performances June 28 through July 29
Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show’s supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the the clutches of local gangsters.
Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines into the mix and you get Kiss Me, Kate -- a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.
Show features Cole Porter’s iconic Broadway songs such as Another Opening Another Show , Brush Up Your Shakespeare , Vunderbar, In My Way, I Hate Men, Why Won’t You Behave.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) ALL 37 PLAYS IN 97 MINUTES! - Weekends July 15-29 - Saturdays at 3pm, Sundays at 1pm
“IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!”
- The Today Show
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
Presented FREE in conjunction with the New Canaan Library at the New Canaan Library's Christine's Garden Park. Sponsored in part by Bankwell, Karl Chevrolet, Walter Stewarts Market, New Canaan Community Foundation.
Free Admission, but tickets required. Tickets can be reserved online. Also remaining tickets will be distributed 40 minutes before curtain. Admittance only with ticket reserved online or distributed prior to performance. Park opens for seating 30 minutes prior to performance start. Bring your lawn chairs (high and low), blankets and picnic. Performances are outdoors, downtown New Canaan in the New Canaan Library's Christine’s Garden. (Located at South Ave. & Maple St.)
Peter Pan - Performances June 23-July 29 Weekends - Waveny Park, New Canaan
Bros Do Prose, The Chicago based TYA (Theatre for a Young Audience) theatre company has re-imagined the Peter Pan story with their dynamic high energy approach to creative story telling and audience engagement. Remarkably, two actors perform over 20 characters with exuberance, athleticism, and heart. See heroes and villains, sword fights and surprises, love and loss.
James and the Giant Peach - Performances Weekends June 25 - July 31, 2018
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements.
Balloonacy - July 8 – 29 Weekends - Waveny Park, New Canaan
Balloonacy is a tender, uplifting and hilariously funny show for children. Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. This mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a lonely adult. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, friendship is everywhere. Show is performed by single adult (mime/clown) and a magical red balloon!
Name: Summer Theatre of New Canaan
Address: Waveny Park, 11 Farm Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840.