New Paradigm Theatre collaborates with youth from City Lights in Bridgeport for their upcoming 2022 summer production of “The Little Mermaid”
FAIRFIELD, CT – The New Paradigm Theatre (NPT), a renowned non-profit theatre that promotes social responsibility through the arts, will be collaborating with City Lights in Bridgeport as part of their upcoming summer production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
City Lights in Bridgeport, is a nonprofit organization that produces the Bridgeport Art Trail, a variety of art exhibits, arts enrichment programs or youth and serves the community through art. During the City Lights summer program taking place at the Ralphola Taylor Center, Bridgeport CT, youth will create sculptures from discarded and found objects to be exhibited in the theatre lobby for NPT’s musical at Black Rock Church. Similar to the musical’s set pieces and props, the sculptures will be made from found objects and reclaimed plastic, to raise awareness about impact of marine debris and highlight the importance of recycling.
The student work will be displayed during the shows in the lobby on August 19 and 20. For their participation in this project, the youth from the RTC summer program will also be guests at the Saturday performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
“While we choose a social justice nonprofit as a partner for each show, we also love the arts nonprofits in the area. Suzanne and I collaborated on our production of Oliver (2016) with some of her professional artists and the children on a colorful mural and we thought this was a great idea that went along with our concept for art in our lobby as well.” Says Huffman.
The City Light’s Artistic Director Suzanne Kachmar agrees on the importance of their partnership with NPT. “ Through community partnerships City Lights is offering Bridgeport youth live theatre experiences this summer, locally and in New York City. Collaboration with NPT is always a real treat, where youth are not only part of the audience, they are part of the production.” Says Kachmar.
Huffman and Kachmar both believe that art is an essential platform to share ideas and tackle social challenges.
For more information about The Little Mermaid, performed August 19 and 20 at Black Rock Church’s state-of-the-art theater, please visit www.nptheatre.org.