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Summer Theatre Of New Canaan Marks 15th Season With Stacked Lineup

A past performance of "Hairspray" at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan at Waveny Park. This summer, patrons can enjoy "Kiss Me, Kate" and  “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare”
A past performance of "Hairspray" at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan at Waveny Park. This summer, patrons can enjoy "Kiss Me, Kate" and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” Photo Credit: Contributed

For what seems like countless years, the Summer Theatre of New Canaan has enriched the Connecticut community with its professional theatre productions.

This year, STONC celebrates its15th summer in New Canaan with a production of Cole Porter's Broadway hit musical comedy “Kiss Me, Kate” on its main stage at Waveny Park as well as a free, limited-run performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” in downtown New Canaan’s Christine’s Park, in conjunction with the New Canaan Library.

Founded in 2004 by Ed and Melody Libonati, STONC has helped raise the cultural profile of New Canaan with its award winning musicals, young family theatre and year-round education programs. Roughly 70% of STONC’s summer audience comes from outside New Canaan, making it one of the town’s largest attractions and an economic engine for New Canaan during the summer months.

“We are proud to be in the company of The Glass House, Grace Farms and the Silvermine Arts Council in making New Canaan a significant arts and culture destination in the tri-state area,” said Ed Libonati, executive producer of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan.

The 2018 main stage production at Waveny will be Cole Porter’s iconic Broadway hit musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” featuring New York pro actors Tiffin Borelli, Tim Falter, David Sattler and Fairfield actress Rachel Maclsaac.

Performances will begin June 28 and run Thursday to Sunday through July 29.

New this summer, STONC will be presenting free professional theatre in downtown New Canaan’s Christine’s Park featuring weekend performances of the hit comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”, in association with the New Canaan Library. Three comic actors weave their way through all 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes in an irreverent, fast-paced performance that will leave audiences breathless and helpless with laughter. The Shakespeare performances will run on Saturdays and Sundays from July 15- through July 29.

On weekends this summer, STONC will feature three Theatre for Young Audience shows including a series premiereof a newly commissioned production of “Peter Pan," created by the Chicago creative team Bros Do Prose. This new adaptation of the Peter Pan story features two actors who play all 20 roles. Other TYA shows include a musical version of Roald Dahl's “James and the Giant Peach” and the new clowning mime show “Balloonacy.”

Tickets, showtimes and more information can be found by clicking here www.stonc.org .

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan will kick off its 15th anniversary season next month at Woodway Country Club in Darien with “Another Opening, Another Show” to feature entertainment by acclaimed singing ensemble “Well Strung”

The annual fund-raising gala features a live auction, to support the upcoming season. The Gala will include performances by featured cast members from "Kiss Me, Kate.”

The Saturday, May 19 fundraiser begins with a 5:45 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner,  8 p.m. presentations, a Live Auction with entertainment by Well Strung, Summer Stars starting at 8:15 p.m. and the post show Stars Reception from about 9:20 to 10 p.m. Money raised from the Gala supports theatric productions as well as STONC’s award winning education programs, including its DramaRamas program for children with special needs.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here: www.stonc.org

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