For more than 40 years, Stamford mayors have supported the performing arts in town by playing a cameo role in an annual summer youth theatre show. Since Curtain Call started its Summer Youth Theatre program 24 years ago, mayors Stanley Esposito, Dannel Malloy, and Michael Pavia have participated. Now, current Mayor David Martin will perform Friday, August 15, and Saturday, August 16, in The Music Man at The Kweskin Theatre.
Since 2001, Curtain Call executive director Lou Ursone has written a scene specifically tailored to the sitting mayor and issues of local relevance. In this year's performance, fun jabs at City topics like train station parking, this year's downtown bench project, the old Sacred Heart School property, and the demolished boatyard “are sure to illicit laughs from the audience,” as described in a press release from Curtain Call.
"I love writing these short scenes each year," Ursone said in a statment. "All of the mayors have been great sports about making fun of themselves and other local issues."
Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Mayor will take the stage in the opening scene. It will take place on a train with the Mayor and the traveling salesmen of July 1, 1912.