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2020 Gala Committee

Raissa Katona Bennett   
Allison Gray Beyer    
Rainy Broomfield    
Angelica Cantlon
Dupie Cockran
Kimberlee Demers
Carolyn Halsey 
Kimberly Jodka  
Melody Libonati    
Kathryn McManus    
Cathy Mishkin
Charles Pavarini III    
Meg Petersen     
Olena Sharavarnyk    
Ellen Sisson
Lauren Tate    
Pat Timberlake  


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GALA EVENING

Held at the Country Club of New Canaan’s New Banquet Hall
95 Country Club Road
New Canaan CT. 06840

Evening Program:

6:00
Opening Cocktail Reception

7:10
Dinner

8:15
Presentation to Honorees
Frank Bennack & Mary Lake Polan

8:25
Brian Stokes Mitchell
show performance

9:45
VIP Star Post-show Reception
(with Star and Honorees)

A Live Auction
will occur during the evening events


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Executive Producer Table of 10
$10,000
includes Opening Reception,
Dinner and Show (Stage-side table)
and Post-show Star Reception
Name in Season Program

(70% tax deductible)

Producer Table of 10
$6,000
includes Opening Reception,
Dinner and Show (table upfront)
and Post-show Star Reception
Name in Season Program
(60% tax deductible)

VIP
$500
includes Opening Reception,
Dinner and Show (table near stage)
and Post-show Star Reception
Name in Season Program
(50% tax deductible)

Patron
$300
includes Opening Reception,
Dinner and Show

Show Only
$150

Seat for Brian Stokes Mitchell Concert Only
(admission 8:00 PM)

 

 

 

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Office: 203-966-4634

Photos Below:

 19th Anniversary Gala for Summer Theatre of New Canaan Honorees Broadway Legend Director/Choreographer/Writer George Faison
and
Local Philanthropic Patrons Frank Bennack and Dr. Mary Lake Polan.

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan (Stonc) will honor the celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer George Faison. He made history as the first black choreographer to win a Broadway Tony for his breakthrough choreography on THE WIZ. He is also active in his community founding the Faison Firehouse Theatre for the performing arts outreaching to neighborhood children and young adults.

Gala evening will also feature performances by recent Broadway and local stars from the theatre's past shows. There will be performances from leading cast members singing highlights from this summers Tony winning Broadway musical Once On This Island. This production is to be directed and choreographed by the iconic George Faison.

“It is quite exciting to bring George Faison to be honored and who will also work with us this summer here in Connecticut,” says actress and educator Melody Meitrott Libonati, the theatre’s artistic director.  It will be a great moment for Connecticut theatre" She adds, “I've had the joy of working with George in my career as a Broadway actress and he brings such a creative force whenver he enters the room".   
read more about George:

"Our theatre company is also thrilled that we can honor and recognize Frank Bennack and Mary Lake Polan for their generous support of the performing arts in Connecticut and our educational and school touring programs” adds Libonati.  Honoree Frank Bennack is the Vice Chair and former CEO of the Hearst Corporation. On the philanthropic side, he is also Chair of the Paley Center for Media, and Chair Emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and past Trustee Chair of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  Read more about Frank in his recent autobiography - "Leave Something on the Table".

Dr. Mary Lake Polan was chair of obstetrics and gynecology for 15 years at Stanford University School of Medicine and returned to the Yale School of Medicine faculty as a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences.  Mary Lake is an Emerita Trustee of Connecticut College and is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.
More about Frank Bennack and Mary Lake Polan

Evening Entertainment will feature Stars fo Summer Theatre De’Sean Dooley, Allison Gray, Daniel Klein,  Mary McNaulty, Jodi Stevens, Melissa Victor, Richard Weidlich, Rebecca Mason-Wygal & Cast Members from this season’s Tony-Winning musical Once On This Island

Gala Music Director is Nick Wilders.
A Live Auction will occur during the evening events to support theatre programs.

Gala is May 14th beginning at 5:30PM Tickets include pre dinner outdoor cocktail reception, dinner, live auction with auctioneer plus Summer Theatre Stars in Concert,  Funds raised will support the theatre’s upcoming season and educational programs.  For more information visit the Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s website STONC.ORG or call 203-966-4634

Note of Health protocols:
All attendees should be vacinated. Mask wearing will be determined by local health protocols at time of Gala.

 Photos of Honorees

George Faison ImageHonoree George Faison
(contributed photo)

 

Frank Bennack & Dr. Mary Lake Polan

Honorees Frank Bennack and Dr. Mary Lake Polan
(Contributed Photo)

 

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The Board of Trustees

Artistic Director, Melody Meitrott Libonati
&
The 13th Anniversary Gala Committee
Tara Coniglio - Kimberlee Demers - Suzy Gibbons Owen - Carolyn Halsey
  Kimby Johnson - Tracey Karl - Kathy Klingenstein - Patrice LaSusa
 Melody Libonati - Robert Miller - Cathy Mishkin - Charles Pavarini III
  Meg Petersen - Brooke Scharfstein - Pat Timberlake 

INVITE  YOU TO  OUR 2016 GALA EVENING OF SONG
Friday, May 13 at Woodway Country Club, 540 Hoyt St. Darien,  CT

Featuring Tony-Award Winning Broadway Actress

KELLI O'HARA

She will be joined with our Broadway Friends*  
Robin de Jesus   David Friedman   Janelle Robinson   Jodi Stevens  Chip Zien.  

Plus performances by cast members from our upcoming summer musical West Side Story
and The Performing Arts Conservatory Childrens' Chorus

The evening will also recognize and honor
 the late W. Anderew Macbeth Clarkson

Whose philanthropic support and guidance  continues to inspire and support the arts
and other 
non-profit organizations through his family's Jeniam Foundation.


Gala Evening

6 pm
A Cocktail Party 

7 pm
Dinner  

8pm

"Getting To Know You" Concert

Post Show Reception with Stars
(For Patron level ticket holders)

Attire: Festive!


All evening proceeds will go to benefit our non-profit professional theatre, now it our 13th season of acclaimed musicals featuring Broadway talent, exceptional professional theatre for young audiences, and our award winning educational summer programs for students:

DramaRamas - a performance program for children from 8-18 with  special needs, 
Junior Company- for middle schools students
Pre College Theatre Intensive for high school students
Professional Interships for college students 
Local Outreach to schools, camps and children organizations

Gala tickets begin at $250 - includes cocktail party, dinner and show
Patron level tickets - $500 and include 
preferred seating 
Table sponsor $5000 (10 seats) Premium seating 
Table sponsors $10,000 (10 seats) with stageside seating
- All patron level tickets include:

Post Show Reception with Stars 
Photos with Evening Celebrities,
Listing in season program at level of giving
Tickets are 50% tax deductible. 

 


We thank our past season sponsors:  
Karl Chevrolet,  Walter Stewart's Market,
The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan,
The New Canaan Community Foundation.

Media sponsors:
Hersam-Acorn Newspapers, Hearst Publications, WSHU Radio.

Talent subject to change*

 

 

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IT'S TIME TO START LIVIN'
Our 19th Aniniversary GALA
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We're Honoring Broadway Tony Winner George Faison and Patrons of the Arts Frank Bennack & Mary Lake Polan. (BIO)
Join us May 14 in Celebration and in support of our award winning professional summer theatre and educational programs.
See Press Release
 

2022 Gala Committee

Angelica Cantlon
Allison Gray 
Kimberly Jodka 
Melody Libonati
  Cathy Mishkin  
    Charles Pavarini III
Meg Petersen
Olena Sharavarnyk
  Ellen Sisson    
Pat Timberlake
  Laura Turner 

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GALA EVENING

FESTIVE ATTIRE

Country Club of New Canaan
95 Country Club Road
New Canaan CT 06840

Evening to support the Professional Programs, Elementary School Touring and Outreach to underserved communities, families and seniors.

Program:
5:30 pm - Opening Cocktail Reception
6:30 pm - Dinner
7:45 pm - Honorees Presentation
8:00 pm - Stars in Concert

FEATURING
De’Sean Dooley  Allison Gray 
Daniel Klein 
Mary McNaulty 
Jodi Stevens   Melissa Victor 
Richard Weidlich  
Rebecca Mason-Wygal
&

Cast Members from this season’s Tony-Winning musical Once On This Island

 Gala Music Director
Nick Wilders

A Live Auction will occur during the evening events to support theatre programs


Executive Producer Table
(Seating up to 10)

$10,000
includes Opening Reception, Dinner and Show, Stage-side table, Recognition from Stage, Name in Season Program

Producer Table
(Seating up to 10)
$7,500
includes Opening Reception, Dinner and Show, table upfront, Name in Season Program

Producer Ticket
$500
includes Opening Reception, Dinner and Show table near stage, Name in Season Program

Director Ticket
$250
includes Opening Reception,nDinner and Show


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A Necessary Cornerstone of Support for STONC

Summer Theatre of New Canaan relies on foundations and government agencies to help provide funding to support our high quality professional programing of cultural education, family entertainment and performing arts outreach. Financial support from such organizations help STONC stay affordable and accessible to the Connecticut community.

For more information on STONC, its programs and giving opportunities please contact executive director, Ed Libonati, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-966-4634.

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