'We have to save it.' Westport Country Playhouse pitches bid to bring audiences back

In an effort to avoid closing like many others across the county have, the Playhouse is giving tours of the theater for free.

Abby Del Vecchio and Angelica Toruno

Jul 24, 2023, 10:22 PM

Updated 361 days ago

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A local theater is aiming to keep its stage lights on by giving the community a glimpse behind the curtain.
Countless performances with big names have taken center stage at the Westport Country Playhouse since it opened in 1931.
"Jane Fonda, Eliza Manley, Neil Patrick Harris...anyone, who is anyone in theater has performed on our stage," said Beth Huisking, general manager of the Westport Country Playhouse.
But in recent years, it's the audience that hasn't arrived for the curtain call.
In an effort to avoid closing like many others across the county have, the Playhouse is giving tours of the theater for free.
"They'll also get this real behind-the-scenes experience to learn exactly what we do every day here to create the amazing work that they'll see on the stage."
It's part of their $2 million campaign called Save Your Playhouse with the goal of getting more people back in the audience.
"Live theater is so important, and we have to save it," Huisking said.
The Playhouse will need to raise those funds by the end of July or else they could face scaling back its shows.
The next scheduled tours are Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are necessary.
To RSVP, you can call 203-227-4177, email boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org or click here for more information.


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