‘Is There Life After High School?’ onstage at Newtown’s Little Theater
Did you enjoy high school? Was it a nightmare, or a bunch of fun and awkward moments, with a bit of drama?
Were you the kid who cleaned out the Clearasil supply at your hometown drugstore, or the beauty queen who somehow got through with nary a pimple? Did any of that matter when all was said and done?
Town Players of Newtown is staging its first musical and it’s called “Is There Life After High School?” Directed by Brian DeToma, it will be onstage at The Little Theater, Sept. 27 through Oct. 19.
“Is There Life After High School?” is a “memory musical,” with book by Jeffrey Kindley and music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia. It features various characters as they recall the joy, laughter, and pain of what it was like to navigate the ups and downs most teenagers experience.
“Charming, funny, touching and likable, it’s a musical that wins its way by being so enjoyable,” says the theater. “Somehow it touches a common chord; audiences can relate to it, and to the gallery of characters who inhabit it, as they look back on their high school days from 10 to 20 years ago.
This musical was loosely inspired by Ralph Keyes’ best-selling book of the same name. Its world premiere was mounted by the Hartford Stage Company, and it features songs such as “The Kid Inside,” which was covered by Barry Manilow on his 1991 musical album, “Showstoppers.”
The Little Theater, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown. Friday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Oct. 19. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $30 Friday and Saturday. $25 Thursday and Sunday. 20% discount for seniors and students. 203-270-9144