WCT General News

Auditions “The Women” April 18 at 7:30 PM

Reminder that tonight, Sunday April 18 at 7:30 PM (as well as Monday April 19 and Tuesday April 20 at 7:30 PM) auditions will be held at the theatre for The Women, directed by Richard Mancini. Full cast breakdown in the “Auditions” section at the right, or scroll down below.

The 1939 George Cukor movie was a classic – great actresses, great script and some fantastic costumes! A few photos from the film…

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Sunday Matinee @ 2:00, April 11 (and 18 and 25)

Scott Brill as Dr. Mortimer, Kate Rakowski as Laura Lyons

Dr. Mortimer (Scott R. Brill), Laura Lyons (Kate Rakowski) "Well, as it happens, Dr. Watson, Laura Lyons is typing some medical reports for me at the present time. She promised to deliver them this afternoon, but I can just as easily ask her to bring them here."

Did you know that Westport Community Theatre is on Twitter? You don’t have to “Tweet” – follow along to stay up to date with all the latest news and events from WCT, including behind-the-scenes peeks at upcoming shows, staged readings and more! “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” is this month’s featured background – take a look at http://twitter.com/Westport_WCT

Praise for “The Hound of the Baskervilles, ” directed by Skip Ploss and produced by Bob Lasprogato, continues to come in; the title causes some confusion, however. One or more hound? One or more Baskerville? To “The” or not to “The”?! All the title variations are irrelevant when it comes to audience reaction this first weekend – they love the performances and love the story! Follow Off-Book this week for more insights into Sherlock Holmes and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Returning to the WCT stage in The Hound of the Baskervilles is Scott R. Brill in the pivotal role of Dr. Mortimer. Scott received his Masters in Theatre Directing from Emerson College in Boston where he directed Man of La Mancha, The Ruffian on the Stair, four plays by Samuel Beckett and numerous one-acts. For Westport Community Theatre, Scott directed this season’s opener, Barefoot in the Park as well as productions of Da, What the Butler Saw, ART, Vanities, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Rumors. Scott’s other directing credits for area theatres include: Blithe Spirit, A Grand Night for Singing (New Canaan Town Players); Our Town, Rumors, A Thurber Carnival, Steel Magnolias (Darien Players); The Sisters Rosensweig, The Real Thing (Wilton Playshop); As Bees In Honey Drown (Brookfield Playhouse); The Actor’s Nightmare, Blithe Spirit (Eastbound Theatre); GYPSY, South Pacific (Musicals at Richter) and Jeffrey, Burn This and several one-act plays (Grand Finale Production Company). As an actor, Scott’s roles include his recent critically acclaimed performance as Crumpet the Elf in The SantaLand Diaries (Playhouse on the Green), Allan Felix in Play It Again, Sam (for which he won the Square One Theatre Subscriber’s Award for Outstanding Actor); Antony Wilding in Enchanted April (New Canaan Town Players); Gonzalo in The Tempest, Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew (Putney Players); Ko-Ko in The Mikado (Musicals at Richter); Wes Hurley in Fifth of July, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, Jesus in Godspell (Wilton Playshop); Albert in The Secret Garden (Warner Theatre) and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon A Mattress (SHU Center for the Performing Arts). Scott is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a past President of the Westport Community Theatre and currently serves as the Workshops and Education Chair on the Board of the Wilton Playshop where he recently directed a staged reading of the award-winning new musical, Greenbrier Ghost.

Scott R. Brill as Dr. Mortimer, Sam Mink as Sherlock Holmes, Raymond Stephens as Dr. Watson

"Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a footstep upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill." Sherlock Holmes (Sam Mink), Dr. Watson (Raymond Stephens), Dr. Mortimer (Scott R. Brill)

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Saturday, April 10 – “Hound” Opening Night a SUCCESS!

Audience reaction to Friday night’s opening performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles was absolutely wonderful – a success! Excellent performances and the play’s tight direction was cited by many opening night audience members; now, on with the remaining weekend performances, tonight at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM! Get a look at the opening night curtain call courtesy of Dave Matlow and westportnow.com:

http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2/comments/27528/

And here’s coverage provided by Westport Patch:

http://westport.patch.com/articles/westport-community-theatre-brings-mystery-to-the-stage#photo-322968

The ensemble cast features an outstanding performance by Raymond Stephens as Dr. Watson. Raymond has been away from the footlights at WCT for far too long – he returns to the WCT stage after his last appearance as Charlie in The Foreigner, also directed by Skip Ploss, several years ago. Last month he was seen as Brendan in the excellent New Cannan production of The Weir. Other shows include Brutus in Julius Caesar (Darien Town Players), Inspector Gore in An Inspector Calls (Forthill Players) and Blore in And Then There Were None (Curtain Call). When not on stage, he is designing sound plots, such as the sound for Catch-22 (Curtain Call).”

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dr. Watson (Raymond Stephens), Sherlock Holmes (Sam Mink)

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Welcome to Off-Book

Our focus as participants in the magic act of theater is what the audience will see. But most of our actual work happens behind the scenes. How exciting to have a site where we can share a look at that!

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Behind the Scenes, and Off-Book…

Welcome to Off-Book the official weblog of Westport Community Theatre.

Much like a show in production, this site is a work in progress gearing up for the big opening night. In the meantime, keep checking back here for updates from behind the scenes of our upcoming and current shows!

Our current show is Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, a fantastic comedy directed by Scott Brill.

You can still catch performances:
Thu, Oct 1 – 8:00 pm
Fri, Oct 2 – 8:00 pm
Sat, Oct 3 – 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 4 – 2:00 pm
Fri, Oct 9 – 8:00 pm
Sat, Oct 10 – 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 11 – 2:00 pm

See you there!

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