Have you ever watched late-night talk shows with David Letterman or Jimmy Fallon and wondered what it’s like to be in the live studio audience? Have you ever wondered why this sort of experience isn’t available closer to home, put on by high school students with a lower budget and fewer celebrities?
Well, all these questions will be answered Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m., when the Wilton High School Little Theater Company stages its own variety spectacular, Late Night Wilton.
The high-caliber, high-energy show, features an eight-piece live orchestra, comedians trained by Second City alumni, vocalists and more — all staged in the format of a late-night talk show.
“Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss Late Night Wilton,” said Harry Wendorff, president of the Wilton High School Theater Company and host of the evening.
“It’s essentially a fusion of our wildly popular improvisation show in the winter and vocally exceptional musical in the spring, all presented in this really intimate format of a live talk show.”
The show — which theater department producer Marty Kozlowski described as “a Saturday Night Live-like celebration of our year’s work” — will only be staged for one night.
Proceeds from the show will go toward improving the high school’s theater program, hiring professional actors to work with students and creating a new website to facilitate ticket sales and promote shows.
Admission is free and refreshments may be purchased with a donation and products from local businesses will be raffled.
“The annual June variety show is such a wonderful opportunity for us performing arts lovers,” said Caitlin Witty, a vocalist in the show.
“It’s so fun to get to choose our own material and create something as fun for the audience as it is for us.”
Caitlin said the show’s format will be “absolutely wonderful” and “really highlight the talents of the school.”
Caitlin, who played Guenevere in the high school’s spring show Camelot, will perform a duet with Ben Seneff, who played Romeo in the school’s fall staging of the Shakespearean classic.
“The intimate style of a late-night talk show will really showcase the talent here at the high school,” said Ben.
For more information, email Marty Kozlowski at kozlowskim@wilton.k12.ct.us.