Letter: Playshop anniversary heralded in fine form

To the Editors:

What a wonderful evening at the Wilton Playshop on Saturday, April 5. I know the choices on that particular Saturday were myriad. We are honored you chose to spend it with us.

Chaired by Ralph Pastore, Janice Dehn and their staff of amazing helpers it was certainly a night to remember. High school students from Westport, Wilton and Ridgefield as well as seasoned professionals from as far away as New Orleans came to share their considerable talents — our 77th year of operation was hailed in excellent form.

It would be hard to quantify all the generosity in our town, but a few gave much to this event (thanks to the tireless efforts of Donna Savage). Bianco Rosso Wine Bar and Restaurant, Bistro 7 Farm to Fork Restaurant, Bon Appetit Café, Cactus Rose Cantina, Fritz Knipschildt/Chocopologie, Marianne Wilson Catering, Stewart’s Flowers, The Village Market, and Vintage Fine Wines supplied us with delicious food and drink for our receptions. Mercer Builders expertly installed a brand-new gas fireplace that kept us warm. Lee’s Horticultural Services made our grounds splendid, and who could forget our stunning co-hosts Danielle DeCrette and First Selectman Bill Brennan? Keeping the entire show moving smoothly was Laura Ploss and her cohorts in stage and lighting management Susie Gross and Tom Dehn.

Two of my favorite moments were watching third-generation Playshop performer Caitlin Witty bring down the house with our cast singing Defying Gravity from Wicked followed by a heartfelt rendition of Happy Birthday to not just a member of the audience but our beloved Mary Jo Duffy, voice teacher (Wiremill Academy), performer and lifelong friend. If that didn’t make you feel part of our Playshop family I just don’t know what could. Thank you to all who came out to support us on our special day.

We hope to see you at Plaza Suite, opening May 2 and running weekends through the 10th, when we will be featuring performers familiar and new to herald in the spring with much gleeful laughter. Spread the word!

Zelie Pforzheimer, President

The Wilton Playshop

Wilton, April 8