On Saturday evening, Westport will be parodying itself in a comedy revue full of songs, skits and performances by members of the community. Elected officials, religious leaders and others local celebrities will all playfully take aim at themselves - and their town - in order to raise money for charity.
"It's a big production," said executive director Mark Graham. "If you're not in it, your neighbor probably is."
About 80 people, including professionals, are involved in the production. It will be performed at Bedford Middle School on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. All the proceeds go to Homes with Hope, a Westport nonprofit organization that combats homelessness. The tickets cost $55 for general admission and $20 for students.
The funds from the tickets are important, according to Jeffrey Wieser, president of
"It's the kind of thing that keeps us going and housing 70 people a night," he said.
Wieser himself is appearing as member of the Representative Town Meeting in the "We Shall Overturn" song. He also plays Mr. Rogers - sweater and all - in a parody of Westport's NIMBYism.
Forbidden Westport is the brainchild of Sunrise Rotary’s John Franklin. This is the third production, with the last one showed on 2004.
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