Arts, Entertainment Spotlight
For people who love
to read, write
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 informational, brainstorm meeting will be held 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., in Walnut Beach.
This is an invitation for an evening of networking, brainstorming and sharing of ideas.
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.
‘Fox on the Fairway’
at Eastbound Theatre
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, “The 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’ Pelkey said.
“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 cast is 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.
Art in the Library
reception Oct. 6
ORANGE >> An Art in the Library reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Case Memorial Library, Tyler City Road.
The event is in recognition of the October exhibit: Metal, concrete, glass, and clay sculpture, acrylics, and watercolors by Verne Michel Gill, Joanne Panne-Gill and Terry Russo, which is on view Oct. 3-29.
Library has passes
for Long Wharf
WOODBRIDGE >> Passes for two free tickets to a show a Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, are available at the Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
The passes are available just in time for the opening of the Steve Martin show “Meteor Shower.” They provide free admittance for two to any one show at Long Wharf.
• The show date and time must be selected when the pass is picked up.
• Patrons can pick up a pass for any performance during a show’s run once the show has started.
• Patrons can only use one pass per show. Passes can only be reserved and given out in person. Once a patron has taken out a pass for a show, the dates cannot be switched or changed.
• Patrons must call Long Wharf once they have received a pass to confirm their seats. Long Wharf grants seats pending availability.
Call the library Adult Services Desk with any questions 203-389-3434.
• On Thursday, Oct. 13, Long Wharf will be holding Woodbridge Night, when town residents can buy discounted tickets for the 8 p.m. performance and attend a reception before the show.
goes on ‘radio’
MILFORD >> East Haddam Stage Company will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band,” using the original October 1930 radio script.
The free, one-hour show will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
William Gillette, who created the character of Sherlock Holmes for the stage in 1899, wrote the script.
It will include a sound effects table and four actors portraying seven characters. There will be a 15-minute introduction by producing artistic director Kandie Carle, who will touch on mid-20th century radio shows in general, and the discovery of the script, along with details of the production for Gillette Castle State Park.
Carle will be followed by a 30-minute “show,” in which the attendees become the “studio audience.”
‘Voices from the Attic’
author in Milford
MILFORD >> Imagine clearing out your family attic in Pittsburgh and being surprised to discover an enormous collection of letters written during the Civil War by two Vermont soldiers. That is what happened to Carleton Young, author of “Voices from the Attic.” Young will discuss his findings and the importance of the letters at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. His book tells of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. Copies of his book will be available for sale and for signing.
to present plays
MILFORD >> Arts in CT Corp., part of a group of companies, including the Performing Arts Academy of CT, has opened at 64 Ridge St.
Founded by Barbara Alexander, Arts in CT is a nonprofit artist agency, offering 65 programs presented by professionals and specialists in various artistic fields for such venues as day cares, senior centers, after-school programs, restaurants, local paint nights. Scholarships are available. Performers are sought for three productions later this year: the Tiny Tot Theater’s “101 Dalmatians,” ages 2-7; the Children’s Theater’s “Shrek, Jr.,” ages 5-15; and Teen Theater, “Legally Blonde, Jr.” ages 13-18. Classes are taught by local instructors and professional artists.
MILFORD >> The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography. Meetings take place at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May. For information, go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058. Visitors and members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
MILFORD >> It’s a blend of macabre and Milford history, and there’s a mile-plus walk included in the scary deal.
Spirit of Milford Ghost Walks are led each weekend, through Nov. 5. The lantern-lit walk through downtown features — just for fun — some of the tools ghost-hunters use (dowsing rods, etc.) to investigate haunted locations. Walkers also get the chance to test out their own psychic abilities. The all-ages walk covers about 1.15 miles at a leisurely pace. Friday and Saturday walks begin at 8 p.m. now, and at 7 p.m. in the fall at the Hotchkiss Bridge, which connects Fowler Field to Factory Lane.
To reserve, see spiritsofmilford.com.
Woodbridge seeks photo submissions
WOODBRIDGE >> The town is calling for photo submissions to be used in various media including social media, the town website and printed materials.
“I want our town communication vehicles to be as beautiful as our town,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
“This call for photographs ties in to my priority to improve communications and build community by recognizing some of our talented residents,” she said.
Submit a favorite high resolution digital photograph — vertical or horizontal — to Betsy Yagla at email@example.com.
Photos may be of any Woodbridge location in any season. If people appear in the photo, photographers must include their permission to be represented for this purpose. When practical, photos that are published will be credited with the photographer’s name. Identify the location of a submission and how the name should appear if a photo is used.