By Dr. Laura Wilhem
(The Hollywood Times) 6/18/18 – To celebrate the official opening of its newly-renovated theater, ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) hosted more than 200 guests at its Opening Night Gala on Saturday, June 9th. The sold-out evening event included a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, “Mamma Mia!” performance, cast meet-and-greet and afterparty. Senator Richard Blumenthal and First Selectman Rudy Marconi attended the event, which raised $175,000 for the nonprofit theater.
“ACT of Connecticut is adding significantly to the burgeoning number of theatrical performances in Ridgefield, offering high-quality entertainment for the enjoyment and appreciation of people of all ages,” said Senator Blumenthal. ACT of CT recently commemorated its inaugural season with a ribbon cutting and preview performance of the smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” on June 7th.
The preview showcased the production’s professional talent from Broadway and New York as well as Fairfield County. Of note, “Mamma Mia!” stars Broadway talent Juliet Lambert Pratt as “Donna,” Jodi Stevens as “Tanya,” Sheri Sanders as “Rosie,” Michael Hunsaker as “Sam,” Victor Hernandez as “Harry” and Craig Ramsay as “Bill.”
Pratt and Stevens are local residents from Ridgefield and Weston, respectively, and Ramsay was a member of the original production’s cast. Ramsay now has an active Hollywood career as a celebrity fitness trainer and reality TV star.
Gala guests were able to meet and mingle with the theater’s prestigious board of directors and artistic advisory board as well as the show’s cast. Broadway icon and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz (composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “Godspell”) was in attendance, as were Larry Morley (a technical director at Radio City Music Hall), Bryan Perri (music director of Broadway’s “Wicked”) and Jack Mehler (a scenic and lighting designer). The evening sponsors included Bareburger, TownVibe, Diamond Properties, Sparkle Events, Brew & Company and Vine & Company.
The “Mamma Mia!” performance schedule includes evening shows from Thursday-Sunday and additional matinee times on the weekend. Tickets are currently available online for the limited engagement run of the show. The final performance will take stage on Sunday, July 1st.
For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.