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Sculpture to be dedicated in tribute to Staples Players founders

Published 2:13 pm, Friday, November 15, 2013

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  • A sculpture, "All the World's a Stage," will be dedicated Nov. 23 at Staples High School in honor of Staples Players founding faculty, Craig Matheson and Steve Gilbert. The sculpture was donated by Adam Stoplen, Staples Class of 1965 and Staples Players alumnus. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News contributed
    A sculpture, "All the World's a Stage," will be dedicated Nov. 23 at Staples High School in honor of Staples Players founding faculty, Craig Matheson and Steve Gilbert. The sculpture was donated by Adam Stoplen, Staples Class of 1965 and Staples Players alumnus. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A sculpture will be dedicated in honor of Staples Players founding faculty, Craig Matheson and Steve Gilbert, on Nov. 23 by members of the Staples Players and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.

Adam Stoplen, Staples Class of 1965 and Staples Players alumnus, has donated "All the World's A Stage," a 6-foot diameter steel sculpture to the high school in honor of the theater troupe's founders.

A ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in the school auditorium lobby and courtyard immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee of the Players' current production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

This performance is also dedicated to Matheson, who died last August.

The dedication ceremony will also feature a performance by current Staples students and welcoming remarks by Staples Principal John Dodig, and Kathie Bennewitz, the school art collection co-chairwoman and town curator. There also will be tributes by David Roth, Stoplen and members of the Matheson family.

Those wishing to can make a designated contribution to a Staples Players scholarship fund established in 2013 in Matheson's name.

Awards are given to a Staples High School graduate pursuing theater studies. Donations can also be made by visiting: www.staplesplayers.org

The mission of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection is to surround students with a visually stimulating arts environment.

There are currently more than 1,000 original artworks in the schools' art collection -- paintings, drawings, prints, cartoons, photographs and sculptures -- available to teachers and students to integrate into their curriculum and projects.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.