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Wilton High's 'Oliver' is Sweet Sorrow for Seniors

WILTON, Conn. – Never before has a cast asked for more ... time, that is. The crew of the Wilton High School production of "Oliver" says goodbye to its seniors at the end of the show, and they all want more time together.

“I’m going to be a wreck,” says Jenna Mason, a senior who has been in 11 shows since freshman year. “A lot of us agreed that the end of the show is going to be sadder than graduation.” 

With “Oliver” as the school's spring musical, though, the kids are closing out the season with a bang.  Jenna is acting as a member of Fagin's Gang and is also the assistant director. What makes it so bittersweet for the entire program is that while they’re hitting the end of an intense show, they’re also losing 27 students to graduation.

Even seniors who haven’t participated in much theatre seem to value the experience. Jack Furnivall, who is playing the Artful Dodger and has only participated in the Senior Show, said, “I think it’s better to have done it than not at all.” Although, Furnivall admitted one of his favorite parts of the play is the jacket he wears.

For sophomore Nicholas Dehn, who is playing Fagin, it’s just the end of one musical. He plans to continue in theatre through senior year. “I love it.” 

Though the cast is losing a large senior contingent, there's a lot of young talent to pick up the slack. “This has been a great show in that we’ve engaged a lot of freshmen,” said Marty Kozlowski, the theatre teacher at Wilton High School. “I think we’ve got their attentions.”

This is why Kozlowski and her compatriots are already planning for next year.

If you want to see “Oliver”, it is playing this weekend in the Clune Center, May 17-19, and show times are: Thursday 7:30-10:30 p.m., Friday 8-11 p.m. and Saturday 4-7 p.m.

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