Wilton High School‘s Little Theater Company will be staging a one-night-only, Alumni Charity Benefit performance of its highly-acclaimed, popular improv comedy show, Freeplay, as a fundraiser for the Wilton Food Pantry. Taking part in the show will be several WHS alumni, which makes seeing the performance a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The show is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m..

“It will feature the best of the best of our alumni improvisors. We are very excited to have them back and are looking forward to a wonderful evening filled with lots of laughs,” says Marty Kozlowski, the producer for WHS Theater.

Among the returning cast members includes several students who have continued a pursuit of comedy in college. Some of the alumni featured in the show include Class of 2015 graduates Trevor Huffard (who performs stand-up comedy at a popular venue at Santa Clara University), Ren Davison (who participates in the improv troupe, No Parking Players, at Carnegie Mellon University), and Colin DeFelice (who was recently cast in the troupe Toast Improv at the University of South Carolina). Meanwhile for the Class of 2016, Callie Webb is among the inaugural class of Comedic Arts majors attending Emerson College, and Elliot Connors writes for America’s oldest college humor magazine, The Yale Record, at Yale University.

Over the past three years, Freeplay: A Night of Improv Comedy has entertained large crowds of Fairfield County theatergoers each February with Wilton High School students performing improv comedy under the direction of Second City Conservatory alumna Heather DeLude.

The format of the Freeplay program is heavily influenced by the Second City casting system as the bicameral cast names are both an homage to the Chicagoan stages: Mainstage and ETC. The ETC cast is composed of improvisers who are being taught by select veteran Mainstage members who serve as their coaches.

Freeplay has grown in popularity over the years with over seventy plus students auditioning. Fifty students participated in the two casts last year performing in front of full houses as well as being broadcasted both online and over Channel 78 by the student organization WE-TV.

The program has not only been exclusively for improv comedy but has featured members of The Black Tie Affair as well as other local jazz musicians in an effort to broaden the spectrum of inclusion within the show.

Proceeds from the December show will support the Wilton Food Pantry, which serves families in Wilton via the Wilton Social Services Department. The suggested donation is $10 for students and $15 for adults. The show takes place on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Little Theater located inside Wilton High School. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the door.