If you have yet to experience the Summer Theater of New Canaan, put it to the top of your summer bucket list! The outdoor tented performances are pure magic for all ages and the line-up this year is phe-nom-e-nal! It’s the perfect treat for out of town guests, a night out with the girls, date night, time with the grandparents or make it a family experience. Find your shows, gather your guests and purchase your tickets for an unbelievable time!
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Here is your 2018 summer line up!
Performances June 28 – July 29 (Weekends Waveny Park, New Canaan)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show’s supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the the clutches of local gangsters.
Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines into the mix and you get Kiss Me, Kate — a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.
Show features Cole Porter’s iconic Broadway songs such as Another Opening Another Show , Brush Up Your Shakespeare , VunderbarIn My Way, I Hate MenWhy Won’t You Behave.
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Performances July 15-29 (Weekends)
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Downtown New Canaan
Christine’s Garden (South Avenue)
Presented Free House opens 30 minutes before curtain.
ALL 37 PLAYS IN 97 MINUTES!
“PITHIER THAN PYTHON. IRRESISTIBLE.” NEW YORK TIMES
“IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!” THE TODAY SHOW
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
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World Premier: In association with the Chicago based creative team Bros Do Prose
Performances June 23-July 29 (Weekends Waveny Park, New Canaan)
Written by Christian Libonati, Ella Raymont, Omen Sade
Bros Do Prose, The Chicago based TYA (Theatre for a Young Audience) theatre company has re-imagined the Peter Pan story with their dynamic high energy approach to creative story telling and audience engagement. Remarkably, two actors perform over 20 characters with exuberance, athleticism, and heart. See heroes and villains, sword fights and surprises, love and loss. Wendy Darling joins forces with Peter Pan, the infamous Boy who wouldn’t grow up, to save the Neverland from the tyranny and piratical injustice of Captain James Hook and the pirates. Peter Pan is an adventure for the young and young at heart, if you believe! You’ll be hooked. Peter Pan premiere’s Summer 2018.
Recommended for ages K – 8th.
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Performances June 25 – July 31 (Weekends Waveny Park, New Canaan)
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music & Lyrics by by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the book ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl
 
Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

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Ladahlord (Matt Johnson) James (Henry Tate)

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. Production features puppets and exciting shadow puppetry.Great for all ages, especially elementary & middle school.

This new theatre for a young audience show features a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures Of Flat Stanley), critics rave James And The Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!”
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Performances July 8 – 29 (Weekends Waveny Park, New Canaan)

Barry Kornhauser, playwright
Balloonacy is a tender, uplifting and hilariously funny show for children. Imagine a singe balloon changing one person’s life forever. This mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a lonely adult. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, friendship is everywhere. Show is performed by single adult (mime/clown) and a magical red balloon!
Recommended for all ages!
Running Time: 45 minutes.
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