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Summer Theatre of New Canaan
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Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s Opens 13th Season.
Presents Broadway’s West Side Story, James and the Giant Peach and Cinderella.


The Summer Theatre of New Canaan begins its 13th season presenting professional theatre. For their main musical this summer they will present West Side STory.  Also, two exciting theatre for young audience musicals, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and a new updated Cinderella musical, Cinderella, A Fairy's Tale and will run weekends throughout their season.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.  The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The book by Arthur Laurents remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever, touching upon race relations, immigration, police and community relations and gun control. This production is presented with a large talented cast and orchestra and features such classic songs as Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America, Something’s Coming, Gee Officer Krupke and Jet Song. Performances begin July 6 and run through July 31 show times Thursday through Saturday 8PM and Sunday matinees 4pm.

James and the Giant Peach, has been called a “Masterpeach” of a musical by critics. This delightful theatre for a young audience production is based on Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The musical has be devised to include multiple puppets (some life size) custom designed by Jeff Semmerling, one of America’s leading mask makers. The production also integrates the story telling with actors interacting with shadow puppets to enhance this magical story. Performances begin June 25th and runs weekends through July 31.

Cinderella, A Fairy’s Tale, is a new musical adaptation of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. This production premiered at the Summer Theatre this past season and is being brought back by popular demand. “Children are more sophisticated at a younger age and need characters, music and a story line more in tune that reflects more of today’s culture” explains Melody Meitrott Libonati who also authored the adaptation and co-wrote the lyrics with the composer David Hancock Turner, who is also the music director for the Summer Theatre. Appropriate for all ages, this Cinderella is more confidant, deals with her bullying stepsisters and is quite capable to help the prince run the kingdom. Cinderella opens Friday, July 16 and will run in rotation on weekends with James and the Giant Peach through July 31.

Tickets avaiilable online at All seats are reserved.
Prices for West Side Story are $25-60 with tables for two from $90 and tables for six from $240. Prices for the young audience shows are $22 and tables for six are $120.

Education Performances: Performances will also be presented by the Summer Theatre’s Educational programs and includes the award winning DramaRamas and the Junior Company. The DramaRamas, a performance program for children (8-20) with special needs received special recognition by the Connecticut's Crictics Circle. It will present James and the Giant Peach Jr June 27th at 4pm in the Waveny Park Tent Theatre. This presentation also features a pre-show concert by STAR Inc’s The Rubber Band. Admission free. The Summer Theatre’s Junior Company (for middle school age children) will also present James and the Giant Peach Jr. on Friday, July 22nd at 4pm. Tickets for the Junior company are $10 and available online.

Senior Sunday: The Summer Theatre has set its Senior Sunday Matinee this season for July 10th at the 4pm matinee of West Side Story. All tickets for Seniors (64+) are just $25. Summer Theatre is also partnering with several of New Canaan’s finest restaurants to offer pre & post show dining specials. See their website for special promotions. Thursday nights will be Girls Night Out (GNO). Women can enjoy pre-show special Happy Hour and dining specials at select New Canaan restaurant plus can win raffle prizes from local boutiques, spas and merchants at the Thursday night performances of West Side Story.

About The Summer Theatre of New Canaan: The Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a not for profit professional theatre company. Performances are presented at Waveny Park, New Canaan (Just of Exit 37) under an all weather open air tent theater. Comfortable seating and some stage-side and rear orchestra dinning tables, convenient free parking.
For tickets or more info on the shows, educational programs, events and promotions go online to or call box office at 203-966-4634.

Note: Press Night is July 8 or 9. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more info.


Press Photos:  West Side Story, James and the Giant Peach, Cinderella A Fairy's Tale

West Side Story: Show Artwork and Photos: Zach Schanne (Tony) and Julia Paladino (Maria)  online & print 


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Zach Schanne (Tony) and Julia Paladino (Maria)  online


West Side Story, High Resolution for Print below



James and the Giant Peach:  Artwork 

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Photo; James and the Giant Peach:  Ladahlore (Matt Johnson) James (Henry Tate)


Cinderella:  Artwork 


Cinderella, A Fairy's Tale Cast 


Post show photo meet and greet with cast. 

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