Shelton High’s Springtime Drama Club Musical Makes a Triumphant Return

SHELTON — After two years of obscurity, the high school drama club will once again raise the curtain later this month for the traditional springtime musical.

The club’s cast and crew will perform “Seussical: The Musical” from April 28-30 on the high school auditorium stage. The last time the school’s drama club took the stage, the performers won the prestigious Sondheim Prize for their production of “Chicago” in what was the last show before the pandemic hit.

“Everyone was waiting for this,” said club adviser Joe Sedlock. “It’s still so hard to believe it’s been two years (since the last spring show). Everyone is excited. I still feel bad for all those kids who haven’t been able to have a musical in the spring these last two years.

The shows will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets — $20 for adults, $15 for students — can be purchased at showtix4u.com.


In all, there are 40 students involved, 31 as performers, nine with the stage crew. Sedlock said the pandemic – and the absence of the iconic spring musical for the past two years – has left the club looking for more performers.

Sedlock said he hopes the show’s return will rekindle interest among young people to join what he calls his “theatre family”.

While student participation has declined during the pandemic, the number of parents and community volunteers has increased. Sedlock said more than 30 volunteers helped build and set the scene.

Funds raised from ticket sales are used to mount the production, which he says will cost around $25,000. He said the requirements set for Seussical are minimal, but the lighting and costumes, as well as securing the music and rights to the show, are major cost factors.

The club worked onstage last winter with its production of ‘Adaptations’, which raised money for this springtime musical.

“We are blessed at Shelton. We have a great theater system that produces talented kids every year,” Sedlock said. “I thought we would never see a group as talented as the one we had with ‘Chicago’, but I was wrong. This group is so good. I’m thrilled to see them playing for the community.

The talent runs deep, with senior Aine Saranich among a group of leaders spanning every grade level. The other leads are freshman Ben Souza, sophomores Roberto DeSantis, Kate MacPherson and Maya Giampaolo, and junior Megan Loiacano.

“Even though there are leads, all the kids will be on stage the whole show…singing, dancing,” Sedlock said. “It’s what we’ve all been waiting for.”

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