ACT of Connecticut on target to bring Broadway performances to Ridgefield
In 2005, Schlumberger, a Doll Research Center moved its facility from Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield to Cambridge, MA, leaving behind 30 plus acres of land and several buildings.
Fast forward thirteen years and there is life (and a lot of it) being breathed on the property. The property's main building, designed by acclaimed American architect, Philip Johnson, and the adjacent auditorium, will soon be alive with the sound of music - broadway, to be exact. Enter A Contemporary Theater of Connecticut, aka, "ACT of Connecticut".
We checked in with Ridgefield resident, Broadway star, and the co-founder of ACT, Katie Diamond. "The ACT of Connecticut renovation is well underway," said Diamond. ACT co-Founders Katie Diamond and Daniel C. Levine recently took the ACT Board of Directors through the space to check on progress. “We are totally on-target for our premier production, Mamma Mia, in June. It’s incredibly exciting. We can’t wait for the town to see what we’re doing with this amazing space,” said Diamond.
Tickets will be on sale for Mamma Mia mid- February. You won’t want to miss this smash hit musical, directed by Daniel C. Levine, with musical direction by Evan Zavada. Please visit www.actofct.org for more information.
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) of Connecticut will take over the famous Schlumberger auditorium adding to the community’s anticipated cultural center that will span 30 acres of the former Schlumberger property. Produced and led by two accomplished theater professionals, this contemporary theater is likely to be the regional theater destination theatergoers choose. ACT will present limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, as well as world premiere plays and musicals by the next generation of writers and composers. The theater company is expected to produce four shows per year, with each show including Broadway professionals and Ridgefield’s professional actors and actresses. In addition to fully produced, main stage productions, the producers will launch youth education classes, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT brings yet another level of artistic professionalism to Ridgefield along with the world renowned Aldrich Museum, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and The Ridgefield Playhouse.