“We’re all in this together,” is what 55 of Wilton’s children in grades 4-8 are saying quite a bit these days! Wilton Children’s Theater is proud to present High School Musical On Stage.  This upbeat show has a wonderful message not just for kids but for everyone. Even better, this spunky, funny, musical marvel is great for the whole family.

Everything is cool for Troy Bolton, basketball star at East High–that is until he meets the beautiful, shy, brainiac Gabriella Montez. After discovering they share an interest in singing they audition for the drama club’s school musical. Although many students think they should “stick to the status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. With positive themes, like the importance of expressing yourself, believing in your self and following your dreams, this family friendly musical is one with which audiences fall in love.

“We are so impressed by these kids,” says Andrea Bates, one of WCT’s volunteer parents and is one of this year’s two producers. “We have 55 actors from ages 9 to 13 and each one of them has been working hard since the first week of school. We had even less rehearsal time than normal since school started later, but you should hear them, they sound so great together. And it’s the perfect musical for right now, it’s very upbeat and positive, it’s all about working together, even with people who are different from you. We’ve got big song and dance numbers, everyone will leave with smiles on their faces.”

Bates is joined by Jennifer McNamara as the parent producers of the WCT’s High School Musical On Stage production. Skip Ploss returns as director, celebrating not only the 10th anniversary of the original Disney Channel production but also his own 10-year anniversary at WCT, which coincidentally began with a production of High School Musical. He is joined once again by the exceptionally talented team of musical director Barbara Speare and choreographer Judy Abbatielo, as well as a tireless production team made up of dedicated parents.

As in previous years WCT is fortunate to have the expertise of Jim Durkin, In Phase Audio and Craig Gehr, of LX Lighting LLC.

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Tickets are available online or in person Wednesday and Thursday, both at the Village Market (12-2 p.m.) and at the Middlebrook Auditorium (4:30-6:30 p.m.). Show dates and times are Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m..