Shelton resident plays role in summer play at Bijou

Lili Sierra of Shelton is among the participants in the summer arts program at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport.

Program participants will perform two musicals over the next two weekends at the venue.

“The Secret Garden” musical will takes the stage Thursday through Saturday, July 19-20, at 8 p.m., with an additional 3 p.m. show on Saturday, July 20. The theater is at 275 Fairfield Ave.

“The Secret Garden” is a classic of children’s literature, re-imagined in musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Night Mother.”

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and the Dreamers, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing a tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Younger performers put on show

Young performers in the Bijou summer arts program will stage “13 The Musical “ on Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27, at 8 p.m., with an additional 3 p.m. show on Saturday, July 27.

In “13 The Musical,” Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year after his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana. Easier said than done.

The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

Music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown; book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Ticket information

For tickets, at $20 for theater seating and $25 for table seating, call 203-332-3228 or visit

The historic Bijou Theatre was built in the early 1900s and is one of the oldest buildings used as a movie house in the United States. It later operated as the Rivoli and Studio Cinema.

The building recently was renovated by developer Phil Kuchma as part of a downtown redevelopment effort in the Bijou Square area. The privately-operated venue offers film, theater, art, comedy and music. Learn more at