HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The role the arts have played in helping Newtown residents on their journeys through grief and toward healing is explored in a “Midsummer in Newtown,” a documentary debuting this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The film follows the staging of “A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, which was put on in Newtown by Broadway professionals during the summer of 2014 using children from the community.
It focuses on two of the young local actors, Tain Gregory and Sammy Vertucci, who find the play’s themes of love helping to restore order from chaos reflected in their own lives.
A separate track follows Jimmy Greene as he creates his album “Beautiful Life,” to honor his daughter Ana Grace who was killed in the shooting.
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