Wheeling High School musical 'Cry-Baby' selected for state festival

  • Wheeling High School presents "Cry-Baby, the Musical" Dec. 29 and 30, at the school, 900 S. Elmhurst Road, in Wheeling.

    Wheeling High School presents "Cry-Baby, the Musical" Dec. 29 and 30, at the school, 900 S. Elmhurst Road, in Wheeling. Courtesy of District 214

 
 
Updated 12/21/2021 9:17 AM

The Wheeling High School Musical Theater Program's presentation of "Cry-Baby the Musical" has been selected as part of the program for the upcoming Illinois High School Theatre Festival. The cast will perform the musical twice on Jan. 7 at Illinois State University in Normal.

This is the second time the Wheeling Musical Theater Program has been honored with an invitation to perform downstate; its team performed "In The Heights" at the 2017 festival.

 

"After the last two years of insanity, I had one, and only one, goal in mind this year when picking a show for this group of students -- something fun," said director Stephen Colella. "The score is cemented in the genre of 1950s Rockabilly and is outstanding, and the characters are ridiculous, so it was a no-brainer with the kids that I have. Who wants drama after the past two years?"

To prepare for the festival, the team has added two encore performances of "Cry-Baby" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Wheeling High School Theater, 900 S. Elmhurst Road. This show is rated PG-13 for adult language and content.

Tickets are $10 and available at tickets.d214.org/show/91.