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Norwalk Fall Arts Preview

Photo from the Music Theatre of Connecticut production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in March 2022.

The city of Norwalk is proud to be known as a community that is enriched by an unmistakable presence of the arts. For people of all ages living in and around Fairfield County, Norwalk’s art atmosphere offers experiences for any taste and liking. Whether you’re looking for a date night destination or an outing for the whole family, there’s sure to be something that’s right for you. Luckily, autumn is expected to bring entertainment and enjoyment in a myriad of different ways.

For lovers of the arts, there’s no question that music owns a unique power that brings a deeper appreciation for the craft. The Norwalk Symphony will introduce this fall’s concert, Mahler, on Nov. 5 to showcase the true beauty and power of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The historic symphony and orchestra will host a variety of concerts to come throughout the remainder of the calendar year, including Holiday Pops on Dec. 4, a beloved concert of holiday classics fit for the whole family. Be sure to snag your tickets while you still can.

Avid theatergoers will be delighted to learn that the Music Theatre of Connecticut has begun their 36th MainStage season, one that is expected to draw crowds from near and far in celebration of the arts and the melting pot of phenomenal productions. This season started off strong with the Tony Award-winning musical, Sunset Boulevard.

While the theater’s first show nears its close, MTC is gearing up for its next theatrical masterpiece, Lend Me a Tenor from Nov. 4-20, a screwball comedy production that will have audiences laughing until their stomachs ache. The local theater’s MainStage season is widely known across the tri-state area as a place where theatergoers can be transported to a different time and fully immerse themselves within each production. Whether for date night or wholesome family fun, the Music Theatre of Connecticut serves as a meeting place for members of the community to share unique experiences and support the importance of the arts.

Later this year, the Music Theatre of Connecticut will bring Holiday on Broadway to the community from Dec. 9-18, a special production comprised of holiday hits performed by MTC’s best Broadway talent.

Not to be forgotten is the Wall Street Theater, another of the many local go-to spots for laughs, music, and entertainment for all. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization exists to bring joy and enjoyment to its community, and therefore play a part in it that is irreplaceable. In October, the theater will host several comedy shows, musical acts and more. Historic actress and producer Geena Davis will make an appearance at the Norwalk theater on Oct. 12, followed later by Back in Black, an ACDC tribute band, on Oct. 21 for a night of heavy rock ‘n roll. November will draw a substantial turnout as well for the theater, a Paul McCartney tribute band playing on Nov. 8 as well as New Rhythm and Blues Quarter, known as NRBQ, on the 18th. Be sure to view the theater’s event calendar for more details and even more performances.

Aspiring creatives can find their footing with support from the Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts, a suburban sanctuary in the backyard of New York City’s theatrical wonderland. The conservatory’s two-year college program gives students the opportunity to train professionally while also auditioning in the workforce. The conservatory has a myriad of course offerings throughout the year in musical theatre, musical theatre dance, television and film performances and commercial dance. The conservatory, in addition to cultivating vibrant and ambitious talent, exists as an integral component of the Norwalk arts community and contributes to it greatly.

This year, the conservatory is spooked to introduce “Into the Depp” from Oct. 14-31, a 30-minute walk-through haunted house featuring dozens of live actors and enough Halloween spirit to send shivers down your spine.

The Broadway-quality production is inspired by actor Johnny Depp’s various character portrayals, each bringing a unique sense of motion picture familiarity to the experience. All proceeds will support the Conservatory of the Arts’ student scholarship fund that provides support for young artists in their pursuit to attend college and study the arts. Let it be known that all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and there’s no telling just how haunted this house will be – you’ll just have to see it to believe it. The haunted house will run every weekend throughout the month of October. Get ready to scream!

To learn more about events happening in and around the Norwalk area, be sure to check out Visit Norwalk’s events page.

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