Warrior Words: Superheroes in tights

I’ve always told people they should participate in at least one theater production in high school. Whether they’re moving sets backstage, playing in the orchestra pit, or taking part in an onstage kick line, they will get to experience how theater builds character and confidence. Taking part in a theater production allows students to branch out and try new things, while teaching them that they can do these strange new things in front of an audience. They become more outgoing when expressing themselves both on and offstage.

Every year the Senior Show gives students who don’t normally do theater the opportunity to experience cast bonding and the exhilaration of performing in front of an audience. This year’s Senior Show, Superheroes, directed by Mary Jo Duffy, explores the lives of superheroes and sidekicks on their days off. The leading roles are filled by both usual theater kids and those who have never before set foot onstage. In the cast, athletes, musicians, and academics all come together to dance and sing. It’s so exciting to see the kids who have never done theater before learn how to memorize their lines and choreography and react to the loud cheers of an audience. Many kids find that they truly enjoy performing and end up auditioning for the spring musical.

There’s a certain unity in every cast. I’ve learned throughout my years in the Wilton Theater Department that every cast bonding experience is different and the Senior Shows create a special sort of bond as well. As we near the end of our senior year and many of us go off to college, we value the friendships we’ve made here at Wilton even more. I’ve found myself talking to people with whom I’ve never been especially close and enjoying their company as we work together to make this show great. Although the Senior Show may not be the most technically complex show of the year, it’s “wow factor” comes from the culmination of months of hard work from the large cast of seniors.

Maybe I’m just a dramatic theater kid, but I think that the Senior Show is the perfect culmination to our high school experience. We all get the opportunity to be together and showcase our grade’s talent to three nights of audiences. Next year most of us will be scattered across the country attending various colleges, and for the first time in forever, we won’t be together every day. Although we may not see each other on a daily basis, we will be able to look back on this experience with fond memories of Wilton High School and our senior class.

Daniel Glynn is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four students.