Easter weekend: Eggs-traordinary events
Musicals at Richter, the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, will have auditions this weekend in Danbury, starting Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road. The open auditions are for people of high school age (14 and older), college and adult performers; others take place Friday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 26, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Separate auditions for younger performers (ages 7-15) will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The main stage musical season will include Hello, Dolly! (June 10-25), Footloose (July 1-16) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 22-Aug. 6); there’s also Fairy Tale Theater, which features hour-long daytime shows performed by a youth ensemble.
Audition forms, show descriptions, cast breakdowns and more information are available at the website, musicalsatrichter.org. For more information, leave a message at 203-748-6873.
Bunny trains running
The Danbury Railway Museum continues its traditional train rides to visit the Easter Bunny in the historic railyard on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Hours at the museum (120 White Street) are 10 to 4 Friday and Saturday; trains leave every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3:30.
Admission for the event is $10 for ages 2 and older and each child will receive a small gift from the Bunny. Reservations are recommended and may be made at danburyrail.org. For more information, call 203-778-8337.
Congregation Shir Shalom will have a Music Shabbat on Friday, March 25, at 7:30, featuring Duetto Viello sharing in the music of the worship service as well as performing a short program of music by Jewish composers. The musicians are Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, principal violist of the Ridgefield Symphony and the Norwalk Symphony, and Gunnar Sahlin, principal cellist of the Norwalk Symphony and assistant principal of the Ridgefield Symphony, 2009-2013. He is the artistic director and conductor of the Fairfield County Symphony Society.
The congregation is at 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield. Services are open to the community; for more information, call 203-438-6589 or visit tsiridgefield.org.
The Choir of Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, will present the contemporary Lenten cantata with dramatic readings, Once Upon a Tree by pepper Choplin, on Good Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. A seven-piece orchestra will accompany the performance. For more information, call 203-374-6528.
The Milford Arts Council Performance Coffeehouse will present Seat of Our Pants from Marlborough on Friday, March 25, at 8. The quartet plays a combination of rock, bluegrass, folk and country, both originals and unique renditions of old favorites.
Tickets are $20; doors open at 7:30 and snacks, beer and wine will be available for a nominal charge. Coffee is free. For tickets, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
At Yale Rep
The Yale Repertory Theatre will present Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, directed by Evan Yionoulis, March 25-April 16 at the University Theatre, 222 York Street, New Haven. Opening night is March 31.
Tickets range from $20 to $99; for reservations, visit yalerep.org or call 203-432-1234.
A new exhibit will open at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich on Saturday, March 26. Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art includes contemporary and historic illustrations from artists including Quentin Blake (illustrator of books by Roald Dahl and others), Eric Carle and Wendell Minor.
Complementing this exhibition are taxidermy examples from the Bruce Museum’s natural history collection. Wild Reading will be on view through July 3. The museum is at One Museum Drive; hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5 (closed Easter Sunday, March 27). Admission is $7, $6 for seniors and students. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will have its Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Admission for children (recommended for age 8 and younger) is $15; all adults, $5. The morning hunt includes a continental breakfast and the afternoon hunt will include juice and healthy snacks; both include craft making and a visit with a special rabbit.
Visit ctaudubon.org or call 203-259-6305.
Benedict the Egg will host Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 to 12:30. Events will include a variety of egg-related activities.
The museum is at 303 West Avenue in Mathews Park, Norwalk; for more information, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
World Rising Star professional American rhythm champions Ricardo Sopin and Iraida Volodina will perform at the Premier Ballroom dance event at Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, on Saturday, March 26, 7 to midnight. There’s general dancing throughout the evening, with a dance lesson at 8 and the featured performers, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars, doing their show at 9:30.
Singles and couples are welcome; cost is $17. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 203-374-7308.
Hot & Cool: Jazz
The Brubecks will play the Brubeck Room at the Wilton Library on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30. Three of jazz great Dave Brubeck’s offspring — Darius, Chris, Dan — with saxophonist Dave O’Higgins will perform a tribute to Dave Brubeck as part of the Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room Series.
Suggested donation is $10 and advance registration is strongly suggested (wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950). Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20; wait-listed and walk-ins will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available.
And coming up…
The Bridgeport Community Historical Society will feature Bridgeport: The Great War and the Striking Summer of 1915 with speaker Carolyn Ivanoff at its meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 in the North Branch Library, 3455 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport. The talk will showcase the many factories of Bridgeport’s East Side — Remington, GE, the munitions industry, the winning of the eight-hour workday and the ending of child labor in 1915. The meeting is free; for more information, call 203-371-6397.
Bird Walk: Dance of the Woodcock will take place Wednesday evening, March 30, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., led by naturalist Tait Johansson at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Route 121, Cross River, N.Y. This is a spectacular spring event, performed by the male American woodcock who “peents,” struts, hurls himself into the evening sky and glides back to earth, all in hopes of gaining a mate. This walk is organized by the Bedford Audubon Society; register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-519-7801.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven. The works will include Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Haydn’s “London” Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Tessa Lark. Adult tickets are $15-$74; children are free with adult ticket-holders. For reservations, visit newhavensymphony.org or call 203-865-0831 x20.
Sokeo Ros will perform A Cambodian Lullaby, a saga told in spoken word, music and dance, at the Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, N.Y., opening Thursday, March 31. A refugee from Cambodia, he was three when his family left from Thailand for the United States. Performances will run Thursdays through Sundays through April 17. Tickets are $38, $35 for seniors and $5 for students; for reservations, visit schoolhousetheater.org or call 914-277-8477.
Sinbad will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Thursday, March 31, at 8; tickets are $65. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.