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Opening Night, April 9 – The Hound of the Baskervilles

Opening Night, April 9!

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles Cast

The Amazing Cast, "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Preview audiences last night raved about this production; cast and crew alike are more than excited for tonight’s opening.

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes information on Sam Mink, one of WCT’s favorite actors, portraying one of the most well-known characters of books, stage and screen – Sherlock Holmes:

Sam is pleased to be back working at WCT again. Some of the theatre’s most memorable productions  featured Sam, including Proof, Glengarry Glen Ross, Play It Again Sam, The Three Sisters, The Compleat Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, various readings and workshops, and most recently another well known “character,” the role of Larry Olivier in Orson’s Shadow. Other favorite shows he has done with several area theaters include: Dracula (The Musical), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Arms and the Man, Spoon River Anthology, The Birthday Party, Death of a Salesman, and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

Farther back in his chequered past he was a founding member of the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry and as part of a troupe whose name is too long to mention presented several wildly successful original shows including The Genie of Beans, The Battle of the Punch and Judies, Hamburgers For Happiness and the ever-popular Macbeth (the puppet version) which was much spookier than it sounds. A little bit more about Sam reveals that he lives in Norwalk with his lovely wife Sherrylee Dickinson, their flock of chickens, and varying numbers of cats and dogs and visiting children. His favorite offstage occupation is his continuing role, now entering its third season, as ‘Pop’ to his grandson Sawyer Young.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Sam Mink as Sherlock Holmes, Raymond Stephens as Dr. Watson

Directed by Skip Ploss, F. Andrew Leslie’s play is adapted from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – perhaps the most famous and popular of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, it is a gripping tale that deals with the curse of the Baskerville family and the fiendish killer-hound which stalks its members.

As the action begins, Sir Charles Baskerville has died under mysterious circumstances, and his nephew and heir, the young Sir Henry, has been threatened even before his arrival at Baskerville Hall. Enlisting the aid of Sherlock Holmes, he sets out for his ancestral home on the Devon moor in the company of Dr. Watson, Holmes’ trusted colleague – a journey that brings him to danger, mystery, and a menacing series of events that build with suspense. Hard-pressed to protect his charge, and to fathom the strange mishaps besetting him, Dr. Watson is relieved when Holmes himself appears…

The talented cast features Steve Benko, Scott R. Brill, Bob Filipowich, Sam Mink, Kate Rakowski, Victoria Roy, Raymond Stephens, David Victor and Debbie Zager. Produced by Bob Lasprogato, Trish Goldring is the Production Stage Manager; the production’s inventive lighting design is by Jeff Klein and the intriguing sound design is by Raymond Stephens; both are executed by Amy Louise Carter.

Tickets range from $14 to $18. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a $2 per ticket discount, and there is a special “Student Rush” discount 15 minutes prior to performances for students of all ages with a valid student identification card. For reservations, contact the Box Office at (203) 226-1983. Go to for directions to the theatre.

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Ice Glen opens tonight, February 5

Ice Glen

Cast photo, Ice Glen

Opening Friday, February 5 at 8:00 PM

Joan Ackermann’s


directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner

Fridays February 5, 12, 19 at 8:00 PM

Saturdays February 6, 13, 20 at 8:00 PM

Sundays February 7, 14, 21 at 2:00 PM

Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 PM

A reclusive poet. An editor. And a bear… Westport Community Theatre invites you to an evening of theatre that you’ll long remember after the closing act – beautifully written, wonderfully performed, Ice Glen is extraordinarily funny, warm, witty, moving and thought-provoking. The imaginative staging envelops a lovely play with a cast of rich characters that leave you with a lot to think about.

Set in the autumn of 1919 in the Berkshires, close to the Ice Glen, a Berkshire “cottage” estate is home to an eclectic household – Sarah, an earthy, fiery woman who is a gardener and poet living on a Berkshire “cottage” estate, the widowed lady of the house, an Irish cook, a chauffeur/butler/handyman, and a childlike young man. Into their circle comes the editor of Atlantic Magazine, who wants to publish Sarah’s poems, and a. The nature of beauty, the purpose of art, the privacy of personal expression, the artist’s responsibility to the world, and other mysteries of the human heart unfold in a story that is suspenseful, poignant, and highly satisfying. The cast features the talents of Samantha Burgan, Will Cohn, Mark Frattaroli, Linda Gilmore, Ann Kinner, Jim Perakis and Susan Vanech.

Critics have called this 2003 play “Beautifully written…a story of nature and change” Talkin’ Broadway” … A theatrical triumph.” The Rogovoy Report … “Ice Glen melts  hearts and warms the audience from start to finish… a lovely Gilded Age love story that reveals shades as exquisite as a Massachusetts fall.” The Mercury News.

Produced by Joan Lasprogato, the production’s inventive set was designed by Alexander Kulcsar, with a complex, fanciful lighting design by Jeff Klein, executed by Amy Louise Carter with Janet Adams on sound

We look forward to seeing you!

Tickets range from $14 to $18. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a $2 per ticket discount, and there is a special “Student Rush” discount 15 minutes prior to performances for students of all ages with a valid student identification card.

For reservations, contact the Box Office at (203) 226-1983.

Go to for directions to the theatre.

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