Theater arts

teacher, students

will be guests

at council meeting

ORANGE >> Rob Kennedy, theater arts teacher, director and producer for Amity Creative Theater, will be the guest speaker at the Orange Arts and Culture Council will hold its annual fall program.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Case Memorial Library, upstairs meeting room, 176 Tyler City Road.

Kennedy will be accompanied by some of the Amity Regional High School students who participated this summer in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where they performed their show, “The Third Wave.”

Kennedy is an Amity alumnus.

This is the second time Amity has been invited to attend the festival, appearing first in 2012. The Amity Creative Theater students were chosen from more than 2,500 applicants.

LARGEST ARTS FESTIVAL

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival includes theater, comedy, dance, physical theater, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

When at home, Amity students perform in a 750-seat theater, which was built in 2007. A 100-seat Black Box Theater was added in 2013.

STUDENT AWARDS

The students’ level of talent and dedication to the craft has garnered many accolades.

According to the theater group’s website, “The school was awarded two Moss Hart Awards from the New England Theater Conference for Best High School production in New England and 21 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards including Best Actor in the State (John Jorge in 2010), Best Actress (Ali Kramer in 2012) and Best Overall Production (Sweeney Todd in 2013).

“In 2010, John Jorge was also a semi-finalist at the National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys) on Broadway. The student actors have also performed at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2013 and 2015. ”

In addition, OACC will present the winners of this year’s Picture This Photo Contest.

Refreshments will be served.

A brief annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. for members.

Poet laureate, MAC

seek readers, writers

MILFORD >> Mick Theebs, the city’s poet laureate, and the Milford Arts Council are teaming up to start a group for people who love reading and writing.

The first networking, brainstorming meeting will be held 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., in Walnut Beach.

Future plans may include special events, speakers, workshops, blogs, salon nights, all built around poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, short stories, novel writing and songwriting.

Refreshments will be served.

Marc Berger and Band

will take stage

MILFORD >> LiVE @ the MAC starts the 2016-2017 season on Sept. 23 with Marc Berger and Band.

Inspired by a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post, ► Berger began to think about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. Berger has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. ◄ Berger’s song “The Last One” was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years.

► and has been quoted in The New York Times and featured on “The CBS Evening News.” ◄ Tickets for the Berger show are $15 for MAC members and $20 for nonmembers.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8.

Snacks, beer and wine will be available for a charge. The coffee is free.

For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647. Reservations are recommended.

For directions and further information about uupcoming performances, visit www.milfordarts.org.

For more information about Berger, visit www.marcbergermusic.com.

‘Fox on the Fairway’

will run at theater

MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, will present the first show of its 23rd season, the farce, “The Fox on the Fairway,” by Ken Ludwig.

The production will run Sept. 30-Oct. 16 at the Milford Center for Arts, Railroad Avenue South. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

​Ludwig is an American playwright known for his whimsical comedies, which include the Tony Award winner “Lend Me A Tenor,” the musical “Crazy For You,” which won a Tony for Best Musical, and his work “An American in Paris,” which was recently revived on Broadway and received three Tony awards in 2015.

Directed by Kevin Pelkey, T”he Fox on the Fairway” is full of mistaken identities, romantic shenanigans, and characters, thus paying homage to the genre of the classic farce. The plot revolves around the approaching annual inter-club golf tournament between the Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel Country Clubs, and the club members, who will do anything and everything to win.

“I love the challenge of directing a farce — the timing and innuendo that go along with it. Ken Ludwig writes some of my favorite shows, so I knew Fox on the Fairway would be a great piece to stage, and it does not disappoint. It also does not hurt to have such a talented cast to make it really funny,” Pelkey said.

The show features Barry Hatrick of Milford, Margie Johnson of Milford, Brian Riley of New Haven, Sarah Springer of Fairfield, Kiel Stango of Waterbury, and Cecelia Kurachi Ube of Cheshire.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors and students and $16 for MAC members. Go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647 to purchase tickets. This play contains adult language and situations.

For more information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.