Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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Teen theater gets musical with ‘Seussical’

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Teen Theater’s production of “Seussical” is loaded with boisterous songs, colorful costumes and plenty of talent. The theater company will put on six performances of the…

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Prospect teen sings in Garden of Dreams

PROSPECT — Singing helped carry 13-year-old Alyssa Casson through a very difficult part of her life. Her vocal flair not only provided her with an escape but a beautiful method…

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Local creations: Borough artist blends mediums for graphic look

NAUGATUCK — Tom Ryan is a jack of all trades. He describes himself as “illustrator/fine artist/graphic designer/awesome.” He’s a graphic artist, web designer, and gallery owner. Ryans majored in illustration…

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Local creations: Naugatuck knitter turns relaxing hobby into part-time venture

NAUGATUCK — Jo Ann Piper learned to knit by watching her grandmother when she was five years old. Soon, she learned to read knitting patterns from a cousin and knit…

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Local Creations: Quilts gone wild

NAUGATUCK — Terri Takacs’ studio is crammed with color-coded thread, hand-dyed ribbon, and beads, all arranged in neat little holders along the wall, drawers, and cubby-holes. Takacs uses the materials…

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Local Creations: The call of the wild backpacks

NAUGATUCK — What do a lady bug, a penguin, and a purple monster have in common? Local artist Jackie Fretz has tamed these wild animals into plush backpacks for children….

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Stage company eases writer’s cramp with laughs

NAUGATUCK — The old bard’s at it again. The Phoenix Stage Company is poised to take its audience on a rollicking journey through pseudo-history with its latest play, “Writer’s Cramp…

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Beacon Falls actress pieces together broken dreams

Growing up, Erin Moffat’s dreams of becoming an actress were shattered. “I wanted to be an actress as a kid, and it didn’t work out,” Moffet said. This weekend, those…

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Woodland theatre presents ‘Stage Door’

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had incorrectly reported that the Woodland Theatre Department has never produced a play. The department has not produced a play since Susan…

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Beacon Falls police officer pursues acting dream

Greg Nutcher, a 42-year-old retired police detective who works part-time with the Beacon Falls Police Department, believes that his extensive work on the force prepared him for his true passion…