Western Connecticut State University’s Performing Arts Department will present “A Little Night Music” November 7-17 at the Studio Theater of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension to Danbury. A preview will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 (high school evening). Public screenings will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 8; Saturday, November 9; Sunday November 10; Friday November 15, Saturday November 16; and Sunday November 17; with mornings at 2 p.m. on November 9 and 16 and a morning at 1 p.m. on November 17.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, “A Little Night Music” is a masterfully complex exploration of musicality and character that has amazed audiences since winning the Tony Award for the best musical in 1973. Sondheim’s score, including the timeless “Send the Clowns.” has been described by The New York Times as “intoxicating, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting”. Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, “A Little Night Music” untangles the tangled business of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her. The men, along with their jealous wives, agree to join Désirée and her family for a weekend in the countryside in Désirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, new romances and second chances open the door to endless possibilities. This production is directed by Tim Howard, WCSU Musical Theater Program Coordinator.
“We are very happy to share our production of ‘A Little Night Music’,” Howard said. “It has a beautiful and lush score, and will be one of our most breathtaking visual shows we’ve done here. I hope our audience will be captivated by this magical production. Working on this show has been a total joy.”
Performers will include Isiah Bostic of Hamden as Fredrik Egerman; Kenneth Galm, of West Hartford, as Henrik Egerman; Kelsey Lepesko, of Stratford, as Desiree Armfeldt; Isabella Mercaldo, of Brookfield, as Petra; Alaina Mueller, of Windsor, as Madame Armfeldt; Alexis Reda, of Torrington, as Anne Egerman; Michael Ricciardone, of Southington, as Earl Carl Magnus Malcolm; Francesca Saccomagno, of Staten Island, New York, as Fredrika Armfeldt; and Oksana Veres, of Newington, as Countess Charlotte Malcolm.
The team includes director / co-choreographer Tim Howard, assistant director Stefan Izydorczak, music director Justin Cowan, choreographer Elizabeth Parkinson, stage designer Elizabeth Popiel, light designer Scott Cally, sound designers Ari and Gabriel Edwards , costume designer Ricky Lurie, assistant stage designer Stef Carr, assistant light designer Jason Kelly, assistant sound designer John Hartman and assistant costume designer Kat Karl.
Members of the production team include producer Pamela McDaniel, production manager Thomas Swetz, student production manager Owen Smith, director Sarah Renzoni and technical director Frank Herbert.
For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com/e/a-little-night-music-tickets-70819479971.
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