NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The Summer Theatre of New Canaan kicks off its Theater for Young Audiences summer season with the premiere of the children's musical "Merrilee Mannerly." It opens Saturday and continues until July 19.
The shows are held in Waveny Park. Directed by Ryan Ratelle with choreography by Enrique Brown, "Merrilee Mannerly" will be performed on Saturday and Sunday mornings June 14 through July 19.
In the new musical, Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners - in fact, she’s practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee's surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother's magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever.
The new musical is based on "Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners," the Mom’s Choice Award-winning book by Connecticut authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. The new musical aims to make its Off-Broadway debut in NYC next season. The musical was written by Stamford playwright Bill Squier. (Read more about Squier and his creative process here on the Daily Voice.)
The 11th season of Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s Theater for Young Audiences will also feature "The Little Mermaid Jr.," with performances Saturdays and Sundays June 28 through July 20 with a special show on Friday, July 4.
This perennial children’s favorite tells the story of the beautiful young mermaid Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 hit Broadway productions, Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr." features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”
On July 12, "Charlotte’s Web" takes the stage for performances through Aug. 3. Generations of children and parents have enjoyed the book "Charlotte’s Web," which has been heralded by the Children’s Literature Association as “the best children’s book of the past 200 years.”
All shows run Saturday and Sunday mornings and early afternoons. All seats are reserved. Tickets for all shows are available online at www.stonc.org, by calling the STONC Box Office at 203-966-4634 (weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available one-hour prior to the show at the Waveny Tent Theater box office.
Stage-side picnic tables are available for show or preshow dining and parties. Convenient free parking. Check the season calendar at www.stonc.org for special events, author/playwright appearances, staged readings and special concerts.