For more than 40 years, Stamford mayors have supported the performing arts in town by playing a cameo role in an annual summer youth theatre show. Since Curtain Call started its Summer Youth Theatre program 24 years ago, mayors Stanley Esposito, Dannel Malloy, Michael Pavia and now David Martin, have all done their part. Martin made his first of two appearances in THE MUSIC MAN Friday night playing in The Kweskin Theatre.
The sold out crowd at the August 15 performance roared with delight as Mayor Martin took the stage in the opening scene of the show.
set on a train with the Mayor and the traveling salesmen of 1912! The script took fun jabs at City issues like train station parking, the demolished boatyard, the new school purchase, and how to pay for July 4th fireworks.
Since 2001, Curtain Call executive director Lou Ursone has written a scene specifically tailored to the sitting mayor and issues of local relevance.
"I love writing these short scenes each year," Ursone said. "All of the mayors have been great sports about making fun of themselves and other local issues," he added. Ursone's favorite scene to date was having then Mayor Malloy dressed in full Scottish kilt enter the stage reading a map in the 2003 production of BRIGADOON. When asked by the youth members of the cast what he was looking for, his response was, "I'm trying to figure out how to get to Hartford."
The final two performances on Saturday, August 16 are sold out, but patrons can add their name to a waiting list for possible returns.
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 and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP 2005 through 2014 in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2014. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism in 2011. For more information, call 203-329-8207 or go to www.curtaincallinc.com