Freeplay Improv Comedy, a beloved staple at Wilton High School, is returning to the stage with a fresh new set and new co-director. With Freeplay shows built entirely on audience suggestions, each performance is unique. This year, audiences can expect shows to be even more innovative and creative with not only the revamped set but also numerous exciting new games and forms and, of course, a few tried and true improv favorites.

The troupe was founded its current co-director, WHS English teacher Heather DeLude, a former professional improv veteran who has worked for and studied with numerous acclaimed groups, including ComedySportz and The Second City in Chicago. She has modeled Freeplay after the Second City stages, which includes a ‘Mainstage’ cast and two training ‘E.T.C’ casts.

Adding to the novelty this year is the addition of co-director Glenn Packman, a professional improviser at Comedy Sportz, New York City and a founding member of the local troupe, Fairfield of Dreams. Packman, a Wilton resident, has offered students the perspective and know-how of a current working improviser, allowing Freeplay members to enjoyed the expertise of two current and former professional improvisers directing the troupe.

Although an improv troupe typically ranges from 6-8 members, Freeplay boasts a cast of approximately 50 students divided between the Mainstage and ETC casts. Audiences will have three opportunities to catch a Freeplay performance.

Shows will be in the Little Theater at WHS on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.. Tickets are general admission seating and will be available at the door for $10. Students can also purchase tickets during lunch waves. Early arrival is recommended as seating may be limited.