Employees of Fairfield County Bank recently rolled up the sleeves of their company sweatshirts for a morning of service to the Ridgefield Playhouse Arts in Education program as part of their commitment to volunteerism in the communities that they serve.
Laura Silver and Jackie Getchell, both of Fairfield County Bank, along with Pam Musinski of Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, all volunteered at The Ridgefield Playhouse to greet and usher children attending a cultural performance of the Acrobats of China Featuring The New Shanghai Circus. Fairfield County Bank has been a supporter of The Ridgefield Playhouse since they signed on as a sponsor its first season, more than 17 years ago—and just started helping out at Arts in Education performances this season. “It’s been great to be more involved with The Playhouse and with the community,” said Laura Silver. “The children are so excited to be here, and it’s rewarding to be a part of their positive experience.”
Thanks to the generous support of Fairfield County Bank along with the other Arts in Education sponsors, including: Barker Welfare Foundation, Barnes and Noble, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Eric Diefenbach and JK Brown, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, First Student, Inc., The George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust, Kohl’s Cares, The Philip H. and Christine Lodewick Foundation, Macy’s, Meek Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Praxair, Union Savings Bank, Rachel and Joe Sondheimer and Whole Foods Market, The Playhouse is able to offer many students access to the educational and cultural benefits inherent in attending live theater. The Playhouse hosts multiple performances of ten different shows throughout the Sept. – June season for students in schools throughout Connecticut and New York.
The New Shanghai Circus troupe from China put on four performances for school groups on March 19th and 20th. Students in pre-K through high school, including the Mandarin class at Ridgefield High School and a special needs high school class from Brewster, NY, enjoyed an hour-long entertaining performance that showcased amazing feats of balance, flexibility, and acrobatic ability in acts that harkened back to the harvest festivals of China more than 2,000 years ago.
For more information about the Arts in Education Program at The Ridgefield Playhouse, go to: https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/arts-in-ed/