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Darien Residents Enjoy Roles In DAC Production Of 'The Nerd'

Jake Smith and Nova Hall at a recent rehearsal for "The Nerd."
Jake Smith and Nova Hall at a recent rehearsal for "The Nerd." Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – The DAC Weatherstone Studio continues to deliver laughs during its remaining November performances of “The Nerd,” a two-act comedy produced by DAC Stage with the help of two actors fairly new to Darien, Nova Hall and Jake Smith.

Humor surfaces in this top-grossing American play based on the dilemma of Willum Cubbert, an unassuming young architect visited by a man he’s never met, but who saved his life while unconscious in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. Nova Hall plays Tansy McGinnis, who has an attraction to Willum, but is determined to move to Washington D.C. to pursue a career as a TV meteorologist.

Hall reignited her acting flame shortly after moving to town from New York City, when she met Autumn Howard, co-producer of “The Nerd” and fellow Darien mom.

At 12, Smith is the youngest actor in the production. He plays Thor Waldgrave, the son of Warnock and Clelia Waldgrave, a temperamental and irrepressible monster of a child. Smith recently moved to Darien from Stamford, but was previously involved in performances at Westover School in Stamford and participated in Odyssey of the Mind. He attends Middlesex Middle School.

Bob Johnson, teacher, drama adviser and director at Westhill High School in Stamford, is directing the production.

“The Nerd,” which is family friendly for ages 11 and older, will continue at 8 p.m. Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances.

The DAC is at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.

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