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It’s a tale as old as time … and New Fairfield Congregational Church’s Summer Theatre is proud to announce the opening weekend of their production of “Beauty and the Beast”. Follow Belle’s exciting journey to find adventure, in the great wide somewhere, in this full length Broadway production. Leads for the production are Ray Lubus as Gaston and Erin Walsh as Belle.

Performances are July 28, 29 and August 4, 5 at 7:30pm and July 30 and August 6 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Seniors, Students and Children. Call 203-746-2855 to reserve your tickets now! Performances will take place at The Congregational Church of New Fairfield located at 20 Gillotti Rd, New Fairfield, CT.

The CCNF Summer Theatre is a youth theater for ages 6-24. A New Fairfield tradition of theater excellence! In 1996, The Congregational Church of New Fairfield, with the help of Carl Anderson, our Minister of Music, decided to put on an all youth musical production of Godspell to help raise money to hire a youth minister. The production was very successful and as a result the CCNF Summer Theatre has put on a broadway musical production every summer for the past twenty years.

CCNF’s musical productions are a major fundraiser for the church with profits donated to the church’s general fund. Their theatre is staffed entirely by volunteers from all age groups. Volunteers are members of our congregation as well as people from New Fairfield and the surrounding communities.

Rev. Carl Anderson has been the Minister of Music at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield since 1994. He has directed many of the productions at the church and has been involved as music director for all the past 19 productions. In 2012, he earned his Masters of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School with a concentration in health ministries and corporate spirituality. He is Vice President for Mission Effectiveness at Masonicare, the largest not for profit healthcare organization in Connecticut, where he is responsible for the organization’s community benefit and social responsibility, spiritual services and its relations with the Masonic family. In June of 2014, Carl was ordained as a Minister in the Fairfield East Association, United Church of Christ.

Carl has musically directed countless theater productions and has performed in many cabaret programs with his wife Betsy.   He is a past president of Musicals at Richter and is the Grand Organist for the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Connecticut. He also directs the Sphinx Shrine Chanters, a men’s singing group composed of shriners from throughout the state.

Betsy Anderson has taught General Music, Chorus and Band at Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield, CT for the past twenty years. She directs a 5th grade musical at her school annually. She has been a part of the production team at the CCNF Summer Youth Theatre for 17 years. Betsy received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with Vocal Emphasis from The Hartt School, Hartford, CT and her Masters Degree in Music Education from Western CT State University. Betsy has studied voice with Sophia Steffan, Patricia McCaffrey, Joan Noland and Dr. Margaret Astrup. She sings in church and enjoys performing in cabarets with her husband Carl. In addition, Betsy has performed in many community theatre musicals over the years including Oklahoma (Laurey), The Music Man (Marion) and Carousel (Carrie).

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com. Find out more information on the CCNF Summer Theatre on Facebook at “CCNF Theatre” or visit our website at www.ccnftheatre.org.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast:

Young Man (Selfish Prince): Ben Kile

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantres: Emma Bruzzi

Belle: Erin Walsh

Maurice: Christian Kutzy

The Beast: Kevin McNulty

Gaston: Raymond Lubus

LeFou: Jake Diller

Monsieur D’Arque: Ben Kile

Cogsworth: Ian McNulty

Lumiere: Ryan McNulty

Babette: Therese Kutzy

Mrs. Potts: Sarah Brundage

Chip: Christian Eklund

Madame De La Grand Bouche: Alex Magee

 

Townspeople/Servants – Enchanted Objects

Aristocratic Lady: Madison Bielmeier

Egg Man: Phoebe Opdahl

Sausage Curl Girl: Amanda Merritt

Baker: Gillian Melton

Lady with Cane: Allison Weibke

Candle Man: Emma Bruzzi

Hat Seller: Ainsley Mackenzie

Milkmaid: Emma Duffy

Shepherd Boy: Grace Kersting

A Mother: Angela Carozza

Book Seller: Emma Kersting

Silly Girl #1: Samantha Smith

Silly Girl #2: Olivia Melton

Silly Girl #3: Mary Lubus

Silly Girl #4: Zoe McCartney

 

Silly Girls/Servants – Enchanted Objects in the Castle

Jade Carriero

Teresa Hood

Megan Lovejoy

Riley Setzler

Kaitlin Surovy

Allison Weibke

Allison Weir

 

Gaston’s Cronies/Servants – Enchanted Objects in the Castle

Joseph Carrozza

Nicholas Eklund

Theodore Kutzy

 

Townspeople/Servants – Enchanted Objects in the Castle

Margaret Anderson

Maggie Davis

Maura Davis

Emma Duffy

Anna Martinez

Erin McNulty

Amanda Merritt

Ingrid Opdahl

Callista Reiker

Allison Weibke

Courtney Weir

Evelyn Zegley

 

Junior Cast (Village Children and Enchanted Objects in the Castle)

Gianna Bock

Molly Bates

Sadie Bates

Madeline Brogan

Olivia Brogan

Ava Cadovius

Emma Ciminello

Kate Ciminello

Sara Ciminello

Remy Dannucci

Molly Davis

Grayson Dawson

Emilie Dupre

Lucia Eklund

Alijah Formiga

Victoria-Ann Forster

Emma Giddings

Jordan Hirsch

Sophia Holguin

Madison Johnson

Skylar Kellogg

Katrina LaBounty

Phoebe McCartney

Emma Melton

Natalia Moore

Emma Morris

Calantha Mucchetti

Izabella Mullen

Emmett Naumann

Maggie Nusbacher

Kassidy Strazza

Cara Talbot

Mayson Wyckoff