Down these stairs, you will find hidden The Music Theater of Connecticut; where it’s found its home for more than 20 years. Now, it’s moving to Norwalk, leaving behind history and memories. But, not before putting on it’s last show: “The Fantasticks”.
“Of all the shows it could have been this really is the definitive show to be closing this space with and to be moving to a new space because its all about moving to the next stage of life," said Kevin Connors, Director of the production.
It’s the longest-running musical in the world, telling the story about two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love. And, under director Kevin Connors, it’s taking on a new creative edge.
“Our whole mission is to produce theater that is experienced, not just stand back and watch it. In this theater you are apart of everything, clearly," he said.
It’s an intimacy very much shaped by this theater, seating just forty five people. The two rows are shaped into "U", helping audience members experence everything the actors are living in during that performance.
"There are times that I walk in here and I feel the memories just radiating out of the wall,” he said.
"This is our alumni wall, where students who have trained here have gone on to perform in college,"pointed out Joe Landry.
“I was - I think seven years old when I first started here," said Jacob Heimer.
Now years later he steps onto the same stage as professional.
“I think it wil definitely be weird, but I'm so happy for them. Many times the shows sell out," he said.
The show will continue to run until May 4th, with tickets starting at 25 dollars.