Ben Franklin Community CenterNorwalk, CT, United States

Community Theatre Season Subscription

By Crystal Theatre Inc. (other events)

Tuesday, December 31 2024 12:00 AM 12:00 PM EDT

Season tickets for our upcoming 2023-2024 community theatre season include 1 ticket to each of the following mainstage productions:

- "Tintypes", directed by Matthew Surapine, at The Norwalk Inn, on September 29th and 30th at 8pm
An epic work about the end of an era, Tintypes is a tune-filled panorama; a musical melting pot; the Great American Songbook come to life. It offers snapshots – tintypes, if you will – ­of America in its last Age of Innocence. This Tony-nominated, nostalgic musical revue takes us back to turn-of-the-century America and is a brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917. The story of these changing times blazes to life in a tuneful, high-spirited brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917, performed by five archetypes of the period: Anna Held, the beautiful music hall star; Emma Goldman, the notorious socialist; a black, female domestic worker; a Chaplin-esque Russian immigrant; and the outrageous Teddy Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to be elected President of the United States. 

- "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime", directed by Mat Young, at Crystal Theatre, on October 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th at 8pm and October 22nd and 29th at 3pm
15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

- "Amahl and the Night Visitors", directed by Daniel Hague, at Crystal Theatre, on December 2nd at 8pm and December 3rd at 3pm
Giancarlo Menotti's classic story of a crippled shepherd boy Amahl, who offers his crutch as a present to the Christ child, is healed and joins the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. This 45-minute holiday opera is the perfect piece to get you in the holiday spirit, and features our fall Holiday Cabaret class as well as a professional/semi-professional cast and an orchestra comprised of many local high school students.

- "The Snow Queen", directed by Char Fromentin and Laszlo Balazs, at Crystal Theatre, on February 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th at 8pm, and February 18th and 25th at 3pm
Cheryl Kemeny's melody-packed musical about friendship, loyalty and the "power of one pure heart", based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, is brought to life in February with an adult cast for the first time. Gerda embarks on a search for her friend Kai who is first kidnapped by an evil sorceress but then rescued by the Snow Queen.  Along the way, she learns many of life’s eternal truths like the value of friendship. The age-old battle between good and evil, an allegory on life and death, takes a different turn. Here the Snow Queen represents the eternal cold of logic and reason, and the Sorceress –  deceit and chaos.  You too can learn the “secret to eternity” in this heartwarming play.

- "Westbound", staged reading directed by Cheryl Kemeny, at Crystal Theatre, on March 15th at 8pm

- "George Washington Slept Here", directed by Richard Mancini, at Crystal Theatre, on April 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th at 8pm, and April 21st and 28th at 3pm
It's like "Green Acres", but a play! Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's riotous and gracious comedy ranks as one of the most successful in Broadway history. The story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves—and gets—"a little place in the country to call his own.” Newton and his wife, Annabell, and their daughter, Madge, are hypnotized into taking over one of those windowless, waterless, almost roofless houses that dot the countryside. The ensuing troubles may be summed up by a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbor who owns not only the brook but the very road that leads from the highway to the house, the attempted elopement of the daughter with a summer-theatre actor, and the usual invasion of the weekend guests, including a prodigal uncle who is assumed to be rich but turns out to be just another bankrupt. It is discovered that the neighbor really doesn’t own Newton’s roadway, and that Newton’s wife, who began by showing disgust over her husband’s idiocy in wanting to live in the country, decides that he was right all along.

- "Our Town", directed by John Atkin, free to all, at Crystal Theatre, on June 29th at 8pm and 30th at 3pm
Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder's final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.

- "Cleopatra", August 2023 - more information to come late 2023
"Awaken your senses!" Come into our world, where sensual romantic melodies and blues-rock rhythms combine to reveal the heart and soul of a “woman like no other” in Cheryl E. Kemeny’s award-winning rock opera Cleopatra—a Life Unparalleled. Experience Cleopatra’s pathos and passions from birth to death, from Egypt to Rome, in a time of “kill or be killed".

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