12.14 Foundation to have blockbuster summer

The 12.14 Foundation’s first theatrical production in 2014 will be “A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream” – a world premiere adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. The musical will be adapted by producer/director Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar with a score by Mr. Svejcar. The 12.14 Foundation also plans to produce and release a CD of the production with Broadway Records (Matilda, Big Fish, Live at 54 Below album series).  The same production team that presented Seussical last year at Newtown High School will return this summer: Michael Unger will direct, Jeffrey Saver will music direct with Newtown’s own Brett Boles as his associate, and Jennifer Paulson Lee will choreograph. Van Dean is co-producer and Dr. Michael Baroody, founder of the 12.14 Foundation, is the executive producer.

 Performances will be Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.,  Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., August 3 at 2 p.m., August 8 at 7  p.m., August 9th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and August 10th at 5 p.m. Rehearsals start June 23.

As was the case with “Seussical” there will be approximately 20 technical apprenticeships available for those who want to work backstage. The production will also have a student/parent orchestra.

 The Foundation’s second show will be the regional premiere of “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” – the famed story by Dodie Smith, with a book by B.T. McNichol and a score by Dennis DeYoung (the lead singer/songwriter from the rock group Styx). It will be adapted specifically for Newtown. This production will be designed by Newtown High School students, under the supervision of our professional designers.

Performances are scheduled for August 6 at 7 p.m.,  August 7, August 8 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 10 at noon. Rehearsals start July 7, although some of the younger children in the show can start as late as July 30th. Previous musical experience is NOT NECESSARY for the Dalmatian chorus. So come and audition!



  • Children ages 5 through 19 may audition.
  • Auditions will be held at the Newtown High School April 26 and 27, May 3 and May 4. Callbacks will be on May 10.
  • Student and adult musicians can sign up to participate in the orchestra.
  • Student and adult volunteers can sign up to help out backstage.


  • Monday Night Movie Musicals June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug 4 at 7 p.m.
  • A dance concert with local dancers and choreographers – July 30 at 7 p.m.
  • CONNECTICUT’S GOT TALENT! This will be a talent contest open to all – young/old, parent/child, student/teacher – Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

The 12.14 Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop a multi-disciplinary educational and performing arts center, based in Newtown, CT, but serving people everywhere, as a living remembrance of the events of December 14, 2012.  In addition to offering innovative exploration of the arts that encourages community, creativity and collaboration, The 12.14 Foundation is working with leaders of the Yale School of Management and other experts in the fields of leadership development, clinical psychology and executive coaching. With this unique combination of tools, the 12.14 Foundation will offer its participating children life-skills which they will take on any path they may choose in life. 



Nanci Hutson