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Support Our All-Female Production of Cabaret through The Impact Vine

posted Mar 13, 2018, 12:43 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 12:43 PM ]

DAC Stage is seeking funding through The Impact Vine, an initiative founded by the Community Fund of Darien, for its spring production of Cabaret. The Impact Vine is an online giving platform that allows donors to support projects they are passionate about, and local nonprofits to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community. DAC Stage, in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, is producing the first ever all-female cast of Kander and Ebb’s musical. The show opens on April 27, 2018 and run three weekends at the Darien Arts Center’s Weatherstone Studio.

The DAC must rely on fundraising, as tuition and ticket sales do not cover yearly operating expenses. Despite the higher costs involved in producing a musical, we see the value it will bring to the community. In striving to keep members of the community engaged and entertained, our production of Cabaret will employ 6 musicians, a sound technician and a choreographer while engaging a cast and crew of over 40 volunteers. Potential audience numbers may reach upwards of 800 people.

Donations will help pay for musical direction, musicians and costuming required for the production. DAC Stage is hoping the Town of Darien will support this initiative and attend the show, and is seeking $3100 in funding.

Cabaret debuted on Broadway in March 1998 and had a successful six-year run. It has had a revival, been made into a movie, and has been played in community theaters all over the country. The DAC’s production of Cabaret will be the first time it has been produced with an all-female cast! The DAC’s partner for this production, The Lipstick Project, is an all-female acting troupe from Darien and surrounding towns.

All supporters investing $150 or more will be given a complementary ticket to their performance of choice, and will be acknowledged on the DAC website. Donators investing $250 or more will be given two complementary tickets, and will be acknowledged both on the website and in the show program. Donators investing $500 or more will be given four tickets, will be acknowledged on the website and in the show program, and will be serenaded by a cast member at their VIP prepared table. 

We encourage you to support our production and/or purchase tickets through the links below!

Support our production of Cabaret 

Ginny Wright Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:16 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 7:17 AM ]

Applications are now being accepted for the Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college.

Applications & portfolios are due April 5, 2018.

Applications are available in the link below.
For more information, call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.

Ginny Wright Scholarship Application

Pictured is 2017 Ginny Wright Scholarship winner Courtney Lowe with her artwork.

Fiona in Paris

posted Mar 2, 2018, 6:14 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 2, 2018, 6:24 PM ]

An Original Ballet Production  

March 17th & 18th, Noon & 3pm  
In the DAC Weatherstone Studio 

Fiona is geared toward a younger audience and all are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 for the show, which runs for approximately one hour.

For reservations, email Bonnie@darienarts.org or call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

Register Now for Visual Arts Workshop for Adults

posted Feb 25, 2018, 10:23 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

Plein Air Painting, for adults, Saturdays, 12-2pm, May 5 and May 12. A 2-day workshop at Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point in Darien. The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and every level is welcome. A great hands-on experience for the artist who wishes to get out of the studio and enjoy the natural beauty of the Long Island Sound. $80. Register 


Cast announced for CABARET

posted Jan 23, 2018, 1:39 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 9:44 AM ]

We are happy to announce our all female cast of Cabaret!

MC -  Julie-Thaxter-Gourlay 
Cliff -  Abigail Henderson 
Sally - Rachel Schulte 
Fraulein Schneider - Betty McCreedy 
Herr Shultz - Marilyn Olsen 
Fraulein Kost - Megan Kellogg 
Ernst - Shelley Lepetich 

Kit Kat Dancers 
Claire Kenny
Christina Kompar 
Ashley Mondestin (Bobby) 
Kelly Nayden 
Sarah Sherwood 
Grace Simmons 
Hilary Webster 
Justine Weisinger (Victor) 

Dina Fleischman 
Susan Helms 
Angela Jackson (Max)
Holly Jespersen 
Amy Rissolo 
Amy Wade 

Congrats to all!
And many thanks to all who came to auditions!

NEW Full Time Office Manager Position Available

posted Jan 15, 2018, 6:44 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 3:51 PM ]

Strong Financial Reporting, Bookkeeping and Administrative Experience Needed

The Darien Arts Center is currently seeking an experienced, friendly, optimistic, articulate, self-motivated individual for a full time Office Manager position. Candidate must have strong interpersonal, organizational, computer and 5 plus years bookkeeping experience. Proficiency in project management, database management, QuickBooks, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word a must. DAC promotes the arts to all ages, offering classes, recitals, and performances in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. If you are an enthusiastic team player with an interest in supporting the arts please email your resume and cover letter to: resumes@darienarts.org. Application Deadline February 15, 2018. Rate of pay based on experience. Vacation benefits included. Health benefits not included.

Support the DAC's Annual Appeal

posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:59 PM by Darien Arts Center

Because of support from friends like you, over 6000 people participate in creative opportunities in music, dance, visual arts and theatre each year at the Darien Arts Center. Teens and adults with special needs are also able to take specialized classes. Additionally, we produce community events like Darien's Got Talent, Pic Darien, the Darien Art Show & Sale and DAC Stage productions.

But more than ever, the DAC needs your continued support. Tuition and ticket sales do not cover all of our expenses. We do not receive any funds from the Town of Darien and state funds are uncertain. Every gift counts.

Won't you give NOW to help us continue to foster the arts in Darien?

CANCELLED: Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop

posted Nov 27, 2017, 9:38 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

aturday, December 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Students, ages 6 to 11, will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. 

This workshop has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment. 

SOLD OUT: 'Scenes from the Nutcracker' Performances

posted Nov 13, 2017, 7:33 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 2:15 PM ]

The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at our annual production. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance. 

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall.  Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. 

Congrats to Jim Cameron, Winner of A Free Mobile Dog Grooming!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:51 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 2:27 PM ]

We are happy to announce the winner of a free mobile dog grooming from our sponsor, A Total Look, Mobile Dog Grooming. Congrats to Jim Cameron, who entered the raffle at our production of Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney!

Many thanks to our sponsor: A Total Look by Total Dog, llc, for their generosity!

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