A MERRY MULBERRY STREET MUSICAL: Back by popular demand, this romantic musical comedy takes us back to the Morello and Baccolini families during the 1944 holiday season. The last three presentations of this charming show were completely sold out in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Seen here "sharing" a meal with a non-Italian visitor are (L-R) Gail Yudain, Dana Dicerto and Lou Ursone (contributed photo)
With the summer starting to heat up and their 23rd season just ending, Curtain Call has turned its eye to the cooler weather of the fall and has announced their 24th season of programming.
And while year-round entertainment at Stamford's Sterling Farms Theatre Complex may have seemed an impossible dream back in 1972, (when The Kweskin Theatre opened)
"The Impossible Dream" is just one of the many popular songs from shows on deck in the coming year.
This award-winning, nonprofit theatre company has more than 150 performances scheduled over 40 weekends between The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre, including:
RENT, DEATHTRAP, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SUICIDE CLUB, MEET ME ST. LOUIS, A MERRY MULBERRY STREET MUSICAL, BEAU JEST, MAN OF LA MANCHA, ALL MY SONS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and FOLLIES. Interactive murder mysteries, comedy nights, concerts and other special events are on tap as well.
"Flex Pass subscriptions have been on sale to past subscribers since late May and recently went on sale to the general public," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call's executive director.
"In that brief time, nearly 5,000 tickets have already been sold for next season," he added. This comes as no surprise to the hundreds of area residents who have often been shut out of performances which are routinely sold out. "We are so fortunate that each of the past four seasons has seen at least 94% of our performances completely sold out, but it is also frustrating to turn people away, Ursone said.
Hoping to serve more patrons than ever, Curtain Call has scheduled more performances of each production to try to meet demand. "In the season we're just wrapping up, we added performances to almost every production we ran," Ursone said. Their production of GYPSY, the last in the season, was completely sold out by the end of the opening weekend, but no additional dates were able to be added due the July 4th holiday weekend. "We've added more Thursday nights and Saturday matinees this year and hope to reach more than 30,000 patrons," Ursone said.
But since it is summer, Curtain Call will be presenting its 11th annual free outdoor Shakespeare on the Green production evenings, July 10 through 19. Performances of TWELFTH NIGHT will take place on their own version of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre stage on the great lawn alongside The Royal Green Restaurant. Following TWELFTH NIGHT, their annual Summer Youth Theatre production - THE MUSIC MAN - will play in The Kweskin Theatre, August 6 through 16.
This local arts group has been consistently recognized for outstanding programming for many years: in August 2012 they were noted as the Most Popular Theatre in Connecticut in a state-wide Facebook poll run by the CT Department of Tourism; in 2011 they received The Governor's Award for Excellence in Culture & Tourism; and every year since 2005 they have been named Fairfield County's Best Local Theatre (and Best Venue, Best Local Arts Organization) in a variety of other polls.
While subscriptions are now on sale, single tickets don't go on sale until August 1. Discounted five, seven and ten-ticket FLEX PASSES offer savings of more than 40% off regular ticket prices.Tickets for most events are $32 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and $16.00 for students and children. Thrifty Thursday performances are only $22. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.
Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. After school, evening and weekend educational workshops in the performing arts are also offered year-round for ages five through adult.