Curtain Call’s Summer Cabaret sold out in two days, so the organization has added one more performance, Sunday evening, August 16, at 7:30pm.
Using the outdoor stage built for their annual Shakespeare on the Green series, Stamford’s nonprofit theatre company is keeping live performances going while their indoor stages are dark.
“When the pandemic forced us to close down in March, we realized pretty early on that our annual Shakespeare production was not likely. We decided to produce a Shakespearean cabaret which was well-received over two weekends last month,” said Curtain Call executive director, Lou Ursone. He said the decision to add a weekend of song with a Curtain Call Cabaret was an easy one and was thrilled when the two nights sold out almost immediately. With significant overhead expenses even when closed, these fundraising concerts will help keep the organization afloat in these difficult times.
Relying on about 30 of the organization’s past performers, the evening will feature many Broadway hits and pop standards, accompanied by a three-piece band. Also participating are about a dozen members of Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre program.
Seating on the great lawn at Sterling Farms will follow current State guidelines which require 15 feet of spacing between seating areas and masks at any time not in a seating area.. Curtain Call has painted 5′ x 5′ squares on the lawn which comfortably fit four people on a blanket. Chairs are allowed as well – four people per square maximum. Additional safety protocols are noted on the organization’s website, CurtainCallinc.com. Reservations are required. The park opens at 6:30pm for general admission seating. Show is 7:30pm.
Ursone noted that the organization is planning for several other outdoor events while the weather permits. Among them will be another cabaret weekend and some live plays. “Keep your eye on our website,” he said, “because we expect these events to fill up as quickly as our current one.” With many local theatre fans starved for live entertainment, Curtain Call has been the only local source recently.
For reservations, go online to Curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358. Online is suggested as the organization is still manning its Box Office at limited hours due to the pandemic.
Curtain Call is the nonprofit producing theatre organization in residence at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex. Stamford’s longest-running and only nonprofit producing theatre company received The award-winning theatre company received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for excellence from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County in 2016.
All events are presented in cooperation with The City of Stamford with additional support from the CT Office of the Arts.