A packed house at Toquet Hall yesterday enjoyed the production of the Triple Threat Academy workshop of “The Breakfast Club”.
The cast – a mix of old and young – nailed the iconic (and now 37-year-old) film.
Highlights include Michael Sharits – a professional actor and Triple Threat student – who stepped in as Claire’s father with just 2 hours notice when a cast member was exposed to COVID.
Additionally, there were 2 Staples Players parent/child duos: Nick Sadler (Principal Vernon) and Cooper Sadler (John Bender), plus Jean Pitaro (Brian’s mother) and Josy Pitaro (Claire).
Triple Threat founder (and Staples High School grad) Cynthia Gibb was in the audience, watching drama teacher/Juilliard graduate Keith Contreras-McDonald’s production.
Cynthia’s mother, Linde, was there too. She is in Triple Threat’s adult drama class.
To learn more about Triple Threat’s acting and improv classes for youth, teens and adults, dance lessons, audition workshops, private voice lessons and more, Click here.
Westport Library gives so much to Westport. Here’s a chance to give back.
There are vacancies on the Board of Directors. The Library is looking for candidates with previous experience on a board of trustees. and expertise in finance, fundraising and development for non-profit organizations; knowledge, expertise and understanding of trends in media and information technology, and entrepreneurs with experience in business, economic development and innovation.
Directors must be residents of Westport and serve for a 4-year term beginning July 1. There are 20 members; half are appointed by the representative municipal assembly, the other half by the library board itself. For more information on the roles of trustees, Click here.
To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected] The deadline is April 25.
The Staples High School rugby team is ranked 9th in the nation, by Goff Rugby Report. Maryland’s Georgetown Prep is 8th.
But the Wreckers traveled south and demolished the Hoyas yesterday 45-7. The live-streamed game was watched by dozens of Staples parents, siblings and fans – and many former expat ruggers from South Africa and Australia – at the Little Barn restaurant.
Congratulations to 1st year head coach Neil Seideman and his great team for their 2nd win in 2 games. They opened the season with a 38-3 crush of Xavier-Middletown. (Hat tip: Terry Brannigan)
Speaking of sports: this weekend marks the return – after 2 canceled COVID years – of the Westport Soccer Association WIN tournament.
More than 160 teams from across the tri-state area compete indoors and outdoors at Staples High and Bedford Middle School and Wakeman. In 40 years of existence, the event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Coleman Brothers Fund. It honors former Westport athletes Scott and Keith Coleman, who were killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
The boys’ teams aged 9-19 played yesterday. The girls are playing today. Congratulations to the Westport Wreckers, who won the U-19 Championship yesterday, including beating Dynamo 6-0 in the final.
Still speaking of sports: Chad Knight — for the former Staples High School and Little League World Series star — leads the Duke University baseball team in batting. The 6-foot-0, 220-pound designated receiver/hitter is averaging .350 for the Blue Devils 11-8. (Hat tip: Steve McCoy)
The Bistro du Soleil is not just a large restaurant. It is also a place of inspiring art. Westport artist Karen Silver Bloom, known for her unique collectible shadow boxes, is next, at the famous Riverside Avenue spot. A vernissage is scheduled for March 27 (from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). The ghost boxes will be exhibited at the Bistro du Soleil on weekends until May 8.
Just announced: an interesting CNN+ and HBO Max project focusing on Westport’s Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Ethan Hawke is the director. Martin Scorsese is the executive producer. Deadline says: “The latest movie stars will celebrate the enigmatic characters, the incandescent talent and the love story of the 2 actors, who hold a unique place in the Hollywood pantheon.
“At the center of the film is a long-abandoned project that Newman, who died in 2008, commissioned…. (Interview with Stewart Stern) Woodward, Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet, Karl Malden, Sidney Pollack, Gore Vidal, Jacqueline Witte and others for a planned memoir.
“He also interviewed Newman…. They discussed her youth, her first marriage, her romance and her life with Woodward, her personal demons and the loss of her son Scott.
Click here for the full story. (Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein)
Congratulations to the Staples High School Students of the Month for March.
Senior Olivia Marshall, juniors Lucy Dockter and Mirian Hurley, and freshmen Perrin Root and Ocean Banska were selected, principal Stafford Thomas said, for helping to make their school “a welcoming place for peers.” and teachers. They are the “glue” of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who hold the school together, making it the special place it is. »
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” selection is a first: a video.
Susie Kowalsky captured — on film, that is — these swans nesting on the Saugatuck River. It’s a scene you don’t always see, but you can always admire.
And finally… in honor of “The Breakfast Club” (see article above):