‘Guys and Dolls’ gets a boost from the Staples Players angels

A scene from the Staples Players’ rehearsals for the ‘Guys and Dolls’ troupe production, which will be performing at the school in November. / Photo, Staples Players Facebook Page
Tami Benanav, co-chair of the new Staples Players Boosters, tells the Board of Education about the new group’s financial support for student productions. / Photo by Linda Conner Lambeck

By Linda Conner Lambeck

WESTPORT — When the Staples Players’ production of “Guys and Dolls” hits the stage next month, some credit must go to a newly formed parents’ club.

Staples Players Boosters Inc. donated $6,650 to supplement the salaries of choreographers and technical directors associated with presenting the award-winning musical.

The Board of Education this week unanimously accepted the gift.

Supt. of Schools John Bayers compared the gift to those given seasonally by parents in the district to support stipends given to Staples athletic trainers.

Tami Benanav, co-chair of the booster club, said the new charity 501c3 had raised funds to provide extra days for choreographer Rachel MacIssac and to pay assistant choreographer Jessi Lawyer and assistant technical directors Sophie Dinitz and Larry Diamond.

“These are really, really amazing professional quality shows that we wouldn’t be able to do without additional funding beyond what’s provided by the city budget,” Benanav told the board.

She said the expertise will support Staples productions at the level people have come to expect.

The Staples Players double-cast production of “Guys and Dolls” will take place November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are scheduled for November 12, 13 and 19 at 3 p.m.

Tickets go on sale October 22.

Freelance writer Linda Conner Lambeck, a journalist for more than four decades at the Connecticut Post and other Hearst publications, is a member of the Education Writers Association.

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