by Patricia Grandjean
Jul 28, 2011
03:15 PM
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Theater in the Park

Theater in the Park

Outdoor theater is a summer tradition in Connecticut. Prepare a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and spray on the bug repellent—it's time to enjoy the season! Here are some of this week's offerings:


Oliver! The Musical opens with a preview performance on July 28 at Musicals at Richter in Danbury. The play, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, features  book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Directed by Donald Birely, the cast features more than 60 local actors who perform iconic songs, "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?," "As Long as He Needs Me," "I'd Do Anything," 'Who Will Buy?" and of course, "Oliver."                                                                                                                                                                   

Grounds open at 7:15 for picnicking. Chair rentals are available on site, along with snack and soft drink concession. The show begins at 8:30.
Preview tickets $10. Weekend tickets $18; seniors $14, student & children $12. For tickets, call 203-748-6873 or visit


The Three Musketeers, those swashbuckling heroes Athos, Aramis and Porthos, take over Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport in the Connecticut Free Shakespeare production of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure through July 31. The Bert Garskoff production includes a cast of Equity Actors and is directed by Ellen Lieberman. The show moves up the shoreline to the Guilford Green Aug. 3-7.

Admission is free in Bridgeport and Guilford.  The zoo opens for picnics at 6:30 p.m. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in Bridgeport and at 7:30 in Guilford.  For more information, call (203) 393-3213 or visit

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