Head Over Heels: An Ice Cream Social and Benefit Concert: June 12

WESTON, CT – The New Paradigm Theatre Company will present Head Over Heels, a socially-distanced outdoor Gala and concert on the lawn of Emmanuel Church (285 Lyons Plain Rd) on Saturday, June 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will move indoors if it rains. 

The event is a themed fundraiser to support NPT’s summer production of Footloose and includes make-your-own ice cream sundaes, a silent auction and a benefit concert featuring songs about dancing and feet performed by Broadway and local “stars”.  Tickets are $35, available for purchase online or at the door.  Group seating is also available for a discounted price. CDC safety guidelines will be followed and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or portable lawn chair for comfort. 

“The pandemic forced us to cancel our production and Gala last year, but NPT was built to hover. We did everything we could to survive with online shows and educational offerings, and now we are excited to return to a live and innovative show. Footloose is about overcoming censorship and oppression—and as a community, our need to celebrate joy is greater than ever.” — Kristin Huffman, Producing Artistic Director, NPT.  

Hosted by Emmy Nominee Scott Bryce and Barbara Distinti, the concert features local star performers including, Maureen Hamill, Chris Coogan, Christian Cardozo, J. Clayton Winters, Michael Lepore, Katherine Griffin, Blanca Grande, and favorite NPT Broadway performers Janelle, Robinson, Randye Kaye, Kristin Huffman and Gwendolyn Jones.   NPT youth will provide a sneak-peak into this summer’s production by performing with Erika Spondike (“Rusty”) and Raul Carderon (“Willard”)  as they sing songs from Footloose.   

NEW!  This had been a profound time with the pandemic. So many have stepped forward to help. Of course, all of our first responders.But another group of professionals also stepped forward. Our teachers. Like theatre people, they had to scramble and improvise to learn how to teach remotely. They worked so very hard to bring as much normalcy to our children as they could. We would like to symbolically bestow our grateful recognition to all of our educational professionals by presenting this award to one of our teachers' leaders, Superintendent, Dr. Rydell Harrison.   

Dr. Harrison is also playing the part of "Principal Clark" in our August production of Footloose. He's well-known for his fun Snow Day videos! 

All CDC guidelines will be observed concerning masks, social distancing and other safety protocols. 

The New Paradigm Theatre is a nonprofit organization (501c3) promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. New Paradigm Theatre, a company well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting. They also offer online and in-person classes, workshops and seminars that build bridges across diverse communities.   

For more information about The New Paradigm Theatre Company visit www.nptheatre.org.  


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