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Wilton High School’s improvisational troupe is set to return to The Little Theater stage Friday, Jan. 25, for the school’s sixth annual Freeplay: A Night of Improv Comedy show.

Freeplay follows the model of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago of having a mainstage cast of advanced players, as well as two ETC training casts.

Roughly 70 students auditioned to be part this year’s production, which boasts a cast of 50. This year’s Night of Improv Comedy will also feature a live band, backstage tech crew and piano player.

The Friday show will begin at 8 p.m. and there will be two shows on Saturday, Jan. 26 — one at 5 p.m. and another at 8.

Freshman Dana Wax said she “can’t wait” to perform improv for the first time in front of a live audience.

“Having an audience is what improv is all about and is what makes it so fun,”  she said.

For seniors like Rachel Wilson, who spent her freshman and sophomore year in ETC and is now in her second year of Mainstage, the upcoming shows will mark the end of a defining part of their high school careers.

“I’ve met some of my best friends through Freeplay. I can’t imagine my high school experience without it,” said Wilson.

Freeplay tickets are general admission seating and cost $12 at the door. Tickets will also be available to students for $10 during lunch waves at the high school the week of the show.