“Angelina Ballerina The Musical” on Sunday, April 7 at Westport Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present “Angelina Ballerina The Musical,” on Sunday, April 7. Based on the animated series, “Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps,” the show is produced by Vital Theatre Company.

Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m., approximately one-hour in length, and appropriate for ages 2 to 7. Tickets are $20 each.

Angelina is excited to show off her dance skills to a famous visitor from Camembert Academy, but will Angelina get the starring moment she hopes for? Book and lyrics are by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Morss, directed and choreographed by Sam Viverito.

One week in advance of the performance, the Playhouse’s “From Page to the Stage” free events will spotlight the “Angelina” book series. “Story Time at Barnes & Noble Westport” will offer a free-of-charge reading of an “Angelina Ballerina” book on Saturday, March 30, from 12 - 1 p.m., followed by takeaway activities for children in attendance. Also on Saturday, March 30, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., The Westport Library will host a free-of-charge program, “Story Explorers,” featuring an interactive book reading of “Angelina Ballerina,” and activities surrounding the show’s themes. The program is led by staff from Westport Country Playhouse and Broadway Method Academy, the resident conservatory of Westport Country Playhouse. “Story Explorers” promotes childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them. At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow. During last season’s Family Festivities series, the Playhouse collected nearly 300 books.

Since its founding in 1999, Vital Theatre Company, the show’s producer, has been honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical and two Awards for Excellence by Off-Off Broadway Review. Now entering its 20th anniversary season, the company has presented over 75 original productions for over 300,000 children and their families.

Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1 in Westport. For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

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