Left to right, Winston Sinclair, Matthew McArthur, Aiden Meachem, and Jason Nekritz, members of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man, playing in the Kweskin Theatre, August 6 through 16. (contributed photo)
Forget the Barrymores. Forget the Lunt-Fonatannes. And yes, even try to forget the Booths. Those famous acting families have nothing on the McArthurs or Spinelli Mastrones: two families of acting siblings involved in Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre production of The Music Man, playing in The Kweskin Theatre August 6 through 16.
“We’ve had many families involved here over the years,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director, “but never anything like this,” referring to the five McArthur brothers and three Spinelli Mastrone triplets. Very often parents and / or siblings get involved in community theatre productions after one member of the family initially takes the plunge. “It’s great to see mothers and fathers working alongside their kids when we’re building and painting scenery,” Ursone said. Creating art together can create life-long memories for these family members.
“In our production of Much Ado About Nothing, we had mother, father and the two children of the Yudain family onstage, but I don’t think The Kweskin stage has ever been graced by five brothers or a set of triplets,” Ursone added.
Indeed, these are families very committed to the performing arts. In the case of the Spinelli Mastrone family, mother Ramona, a professional stage manager, performed and crewed many shows back in the early days of The Sterling Barn (now The Kweskin Theatre). Father, Frank Mastrone, a Broadway veteran, has concertized in The Kweskin for many years. This is the first time the triplet sisters – Ava, Livia, and Franki have performed together in a Curtain Call production.
The McArthurs have also had previous involvement at Curtain Call but, again, this is the first time Daniel, Justin, Kyle, Matthew, and Michael have performed together. Michael was seen earlier this year in Les Miserables as The Gavrocche. Two other sibling pairs are also on stage this year: Rachel and Sarah Kadlick and Claire and Nancy Leville.
Brendan George of Stamford, and Meaghan Elliot of Westport star in Curtain Call's summer youth theatre production of The Music Man, playing in the Kweskin Theatre, August 6 through 16. (contributed photo)
This production of The Music Man features a cast of 43 - from STAMFORD: Allyn Ries, William Bruno, Maggie Carucci, Laina Ciacciarella, Kristina DeLelle, Emily DiGiacomo, Caroline Eagleton, Brendan George, Cara Grasso, Victoria Iparraguirre, Courtney Kollar, the McArthurs, Grace McEvoy, Camilla Montoya, Mary Cate Muller, Jason Nekritz, Nina Paolini-Rota, Katie Priscott, Maeve Ronan, Betsy Sachs, Talia Shapiro, Winston Sinclair, the Spinelli Mastrones, and Jessie Tarzia; from NORWALK: the Kadlicks and Samuel White; from NEW CANAAN: the Levilles; from WILTON: Kevin Collins and Julia Siewert; from RIVERSIDE: Andrew Restieri; from DARIEN: Abigail Agabs; from WESTON: Rebecca Borowik; from WESTPORT: Meaghan Elliot; from RIDGEFIELD: Aidan Meachem; and, from COS COB: Savannah Miller.
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Directing this 24th annual Summer Youth Theatre production is Meredith Walker, who is joined by Eric K. Johnston as music director, and Donna Fox as choreographer. Costume design is by Megan Latte Ormond, lighting design by Adam Lobelson, set design by Tucker Blandford, based on a design by Peter Barbieri, Jr..
Curtain Call 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.
Discounted five, seven and ten-ticket FLEX PASS subscriptions 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.