Summer Theatre Of New Canaan Announces 2018 Line Up

By: May. 10, 2018

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan (STONC) celebrates its 15th season delivering professional theatre to Connecticut audiences with a production of "Kiss Me, Kate" on its main stage at Waveny Park. In addition, STONC will debut a free, limited-run performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" in downtown New Canaan's Christine's Park, in conjunction with the New Canaan Library.

Founded in 2004 by Ed and Melody Meitrott Libonati, STONC has become recognized as one of Connecticut's premiere summer theatres featuring award winning musicals, quality young family theatre and education programs. The 2018 main stage production will be Cole Porter's iconic Broadway hit musical, "Kiss Me, Kate," featuring Tiffin Borelli, Tim Falter, Rachel Maclsaac and David Sattler. A "show within a show", the story involves the back-stage production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and features elaborate choreography, dazzling costumes and Cole Porter's great show hits including, "Another Opening, Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and other classics. Performances begin June 28 and run Thursday-Sunday through July 29.

New this summer, STONC will be presenting free professional theatre in downtown New Canaan's Christine's Park featuring weekend performances of the hit comedy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)", in association with the New Canaan Library. Three comic actors weave their way through all 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes in an irreverent, fast-paced performance that will leave audiences breathless and helpless with laughter. Performances will run on Saturdays and Sundays from July 15-July 29.

"We are proud to have become one of the premier summer theatres in Connecticut contributing to the quality arts scene in Fairfield County for the past 15 summers," said Ed Libonati, executive producer of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. "This summer, we have expanded our season to include 5 shows on 2 stages running in repertory over a 6-week time period. There will be something for everyone!"

On weekends this summer, STONC will feature three Theatre for Young Audience (TYA) shows including a series premiere of a newly commissioned production of "Peter Pan" created by the Chicago creative team Bros Do Prose. This new adaptation of the Peter Pan story features two actors who play all 20 roles. Other TYA shows include the Pasek & Paul musical of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" and the new clowning mime show "Balloonacy."

In addition to its main stage productions, STONC's award winning education programs give local youth the opportunity to experience professional theatre year-round. Its series of Young Audience Theatre Shows brings professional theatre performances to elementary and middle schools across the state. STONC also offers several summer programs for area children and young adults, including its high school theatre intensive, middle school Junior Company, professional college internships and DramaRamas, its award-winning performance program for children 8-18 with special needs.

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About the Summer Theatre of New Canaan: The Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a not for profit theatre company that produces professional theatre for Connecticut audiences in the form of Broadway musicals, Theatre for Young Audiences shows and year-round special theatrical events and award winning educational programs. Season performances are held in the state-of-the-art, all weather Tent Theatre located in Waveny Park, New Canaan. STONC is now booking 2018-2019 school performances of its Theatre for Young America shows in the tri-state area. STONC at 203-966-4634 or