WHS Students Produce and Perform “26 Pebbles” Commemorating the Sandy Hook Community

Wilton High School Theater, in collaboration with the Safe School Climate Committee, brings a special performance of 26 Pebbles to the Little Theater stage on Thursday, March 19. Student directed by WHS senior Jack Parrotta and overseen by WHS faculty member Kevin Slater, 26 Pebbles honors the community and memories of Sandy Hook, CT.

Actor and playwright Eric Ulloa traveled to Newtown, CT to conduct interviews with over 60 members of the community five months following the tragedy in 2012. The text from these interviews became the content of 26 Pebbles.

The play provides a unique lens into the aftermath of a tragedy that shook the nation and shattered this nearby small town. The story follows the events that took place in Newtown during the months following the tragedy and the collective struggle of the town’s new reality.

“I did my best to remind myself of the place artists inhabit in this world, how we navigate a path where our talents can be employed not only to help individual healing but also initiate societal change,” Ulloa said about the process of creating the play.

Ultimately, 26 Pebbles serves as a reminder to the power of connection, kindness and compassion in the wake of destruction. All proceeds from ticket sales to the Wilton High School performance will be donated to Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were murdered on Dec. 14, 2012, that is committed to creating community programs that engage discussion and awareness of gun violence prevention.

26 Pebbles is about how we, as a community and society, react and respond to tragedy. It’s about the ripples caused by trauma and ultimately a story of hope,”  says Jake Vitarelli, one of the student performers, about the production.

Cast and crew include Sarah Bates, Lily Casiraghi, Hunter Driscoll, Jake Eagan, Brielle Flavin, Devin Moran, Jack Parrotta, Lauren Parrotta, Sasha Sypher, Jake Vitarelli, Olivia Vitarelli and Eleanor Winrow.

The performance will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilton High School Little Theater. Tickets are $10. All tickets will be sold at the door one hour before. For group information or questions please call 203.762.0381, ext. 6205.