Wednesday, June 29 2022

The New Paradigm Theater Company (NPT) will present Fins, Food, Fashion, and Fun at Emmanuel Church (285 Lyons Plain Rd) on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 4-8 p.m.

The event is a themed fundraiser to support NPT’s summer production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” It includes a 5-star cooking demonstration with NPT’s Little Mermaid “Chef Louis” (Karl Gastayer) and professional chef Scott Vetare at 4 p.m. – followed by a host of tastings for our VIP ticket holders, all served by our friendly young NPT teen council. .

At 5:00 p.m., General ticket holders are invited to attend the fun “Trashy” fashion show. ‘Recycled, repurposed and repurposed’ items parade to preview costumes from Disney’s upcoming ‘The Little Mermaid’ production. A silent auction is included, and the evening ends with carols led by the NPT Youth Council and professional guest stars, including local and Broadway performers Chris Coogan, Megan Osterhaus, Tiffany T’zelle and Clayton Winters.

All ticket sales and auction proceeds will go towards the cost of NPT’s educational summer experience and show, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Tickets are $65 (VIP) and $35 (general admission) and are available for purchase online or at the door. (

Janelle Robinson, NPT Board Member and Gala Chair, said, “After spending the past two years in a constant state of flux, we weren’t sure if and when the live theater would take place this summer.
NPT has opened up new avenues and possibilities, including an outdoor ice cream social and a jumbo-tron for those wishing to see a live performance from a safe distance. Resilient is the perfect way to describe “this little theater that could”. I can’t wait to see our version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” this summer. With the help of our local community, the Maritime Aquarium and our young artists, the upcycled and refurbished sets and costumes will be a sight to behold. And it makes me happy to know that we have helped to heal our planet. It also seems very fitting that this year’s winner is Jason Patlis, President and CEO of the Norwalk Sea Aquarium. “

“I greatly appreciate this honor, as well as the ambitious partnership between NPT and The Maritime Aquarium that goes beyond staging Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ to include educational programs, beach cleanups and shared outreach efforts,” Patlis said. . “We use the ocean to inspire art; through this partnership, we use art to protect the ocean. This partnership not only allows us to entertain young audiences with ‘The Little Mermaid’, but also to educate this audience – and their parents – about the fragility of the ocean, the impacts of our actions on the ocean and the need to take better care of it.

The New Paradigm Theater is a nonprofit (501c3) organization that promotes social responsibility and encourages creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theater productions.

For more information about The New Paradigm Theater Company and to purchase gala tickets, visit For Gala tickets:


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