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Win Tickets to “Merrilee Mannerly” Off-Broadway Debut in New Canaan

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Good manners have become a hot topic!  Instilling the social graces in little ones takes time and reinforcement – and in our go-go world, these refinements are often forgotten.  But a new play making its off-Broadway world premiere at the Summer Theater of New Canaan (Waveny Park) on June 14, aims to address the subject in a fun and humorous way!  “Merrilee Mannerly – A Magnificent New Musical” kicks off the Summer Theater of New Canaan’s season with a delightful family friendly show.

Enter to win four tickets to the premiere of the show on June 14, at 10:00AM, by leaving your politest comment in the comments box below!  One winner will be chosen at random.  Deadline to enter is noon on Thursday, June 12! 

The show is based on the “Mom’s Choice” winning  book, “Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners,” written by two Connecticut authors, Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple.  In the story, Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners – in fact, she’s practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee’s surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother’s magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever! Along the way, silliness ensues, friendships are formed, and the two girls discover the real secret behind good manners.

The show will run from June 14 to July 19.  With special “Merrilee Mannerly” events taking place at  STONC and at local libraries.


JUNE 14, Under the STONC Tent

Meet the Authors! Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple winners of the Mom’s Choice Award for their book “Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners”, and co-authors of the new musical with William Squire and Jeffrey Lodin, invite you to join them following the performance to meet Merrilee Mannerly! Bring your book or get one at the show to be autographed by the authors and Merrilee herself! Merrilee’s new best friend, Princess Posy will also be on hand for photos, autographs and fun!

June 15, Father’s Day

Children bring your Dads for FREE! Each father accompanied by a child gets in free! A great Father’s Day gift!

Library Appearances

Tuesday, June 10, 4:00 pm – Wilton Library 137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT (203)-762-3950 – Join Merrilee Mannerly! cast members for fun, photos and book signings!

Thursday, June 12, 4:00 pm – Darien Library 1441 Post Rd. Darien, CT (203)-655-1234  Join authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple along with Merrilee Mannerly! cast members for fun, photos and book signings!

Friday, June 13, 3:30pm – Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT (203) 899-2780  – Join Merrilee Mannerly! cast members for fun, photos and book signings!

Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 pm New Canaan Library – 151 Main St., New Canaan, CT (203) 594-5000 Join authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple along with Merrilee Mannerly! cast members for fun, photos and book signings!

Other family-oriented Summer Theater of New Canaan productions include:

 The Little Mermaid Jr. with performances Saturdays and Sundays, June 28 through July 20 with a special show on Friday, July 4. This perennial children’s favorite tells the story of the beautiful young mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice! Adapted from Disney’s 2008 hit Broadway productions, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”

On July 12, Charlotte’s Web takes the stage for performances through August 3. Generations of children and parents have enjoyed the book Charlotte’s Web that has been heralded by the Children’s Literature Association as “…the best children’s book of the past two hundred years.” In this theater for a young audience play we begin after a restless first night in the Zuckerman family barn, a wide-eyed young pig named Wilbur meets a witty and resourceful spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur learns through his fellow barnyard creatures of some unsettling plans for his future, Charlotte takes it upon her spinnerets and her trusty web to save him. This magical tale of what it means to be a good writer and a good friend features the much-loved characters created by E.B. White. All shows run Saturday and Sunday mornings and early afternoons.

All seats reserved. Tickets for all shows are available online at, by calling the STONC Box Office at 203-966-4634 (M-F 11 am – 4 pm), or by email at Tickets are also available one-hour prior to the show at the Waveny Tent Theater box office. Stage-side picnic tables are available for show or pre-show dining and parties. Convenient free parking. Check the season calendar ( for special events, author/playwright appearances, staged readings and special concerts.