Summer 2014

Summer of Shows: 2014

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We are pleased to announce 12.14 Foundation’s Summer of Shows: 2014 program line-up. As you can see below, we’re planning a diverse range of programs aimed at building on last year’s amazing Seussical kick-off. This page will be updated as program details become available, so please check back here often for updates.

We greatly appreciate your financial support to help us bring quality arts programming to the Newtown community. Ticket sales help, but they do not cover our costs.

  • Over 200 Newtown-area students involved ages 4-19

  • 4 professional Broadway actors 

  • Professional stage designers, choreographer, music director, costume designers, stage craftsman, director, sound and lighting engineers!  The level of skill, talent and attention to detail is extraordinary. 

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ALL PERFORMANCES ARE AT NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

12 Berkshire Rd. Newtown, CT.

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We are creating a brand new pop/rock musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s right – a world premier musical created for Newtown’s young performers! We also hope to produce and release a CD of the production. It will involve performers between the ages of 5 and 20.The musical will use William Shapespeare’s text and will be adapted by Michael Unger and composer/lyricist Eric Svejcar. Jeffrey Saver will music direct with Brett Bowles as his associate, and Jennifer Paulson Lee will choreograph.The show will be mostly double-cast, similar to Seussical.There will be eight performances – with each cast having four – scheduled for August 1st at 7PM, 2nd at 2PM and 7PM, 3rd at 2PM, 8th at 7PM, 9th at 2PM and 7PM and 10th at 5PM.

This is a musical of the famed story by Dodie Smith written by Broadway’s B.T. MacNichol and Dennis DeYoung (the lead singer/songwriter from the rock group Styx). It will be adapted specifically for Newtown by the authors in collaboration with director, Michael UngerThis production will be a regional premiere and will involve around 120 younger performers.In addition to the creative team above, the set, costume and lighting designers will be Newtown High School students, under the supervision of our professional designers.This musical for performers between the ages of 4 and 14, with some older performers as well. This show will be directed by Michael Unger, choreographed by Jennifer Paulson Lee, music directed by Jeffrey Saver and Brett Boles.  It will be designed by Newtown High School student designers.Performaces will be August 6th at 7PM, 7th at 7PM, 8th at 11AM and 10th at Noon.
12.14 Foundation Dance Concert Many local dance studios will participate in an evening of dance pieces. The concert will be curated by Jen Turey of Dance, Etc. and Jenifer Paulson Lee, and will include a line-up of local and guest choreographers.The performance date for this event is July 30.
Monday Night        Musicals Every Monday night during rehearsals for our summer shows, we will be showing movie musicals – come and sing along!Dates will be June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, August 4.
Connecticut’s Got Talent We will be hosting a talent contest for everyone in the extended Newtown community. This will be an all-ages event so, parents, get up on that stage and show us what you’ve got! 12.14 Foundation will be providing “celebrity” judges who will award fun prizes to contestants. CT’s Got Talent will be held on August 5.
Orchestra and Apprenticeships ORCHESTRA: We will again be welcoming student and parent volunteers who are interested in playing in the orchestra. If you play an instrument and are interested in being in the pit, please click HERE and fill out the form.TECHNICAL APPRENTICESHIPS: We will also be looking for student volunteers to help on the production crew – both building the show and running the show. If you are interested, please click HERE and fill out the form.ADULT/PARENT VOLUNTEERS:We will also be relying on the wonderful parent volunteers who kept things running so smoothly during Seussical. If you (or anyone  you know) would like to help out throughout the rehearsal process and performances – or any portion thereof – please click HERE.