After an award-winning season last year, the New Canaan High School drama department is back in full swing.

The upperclassmen's fall play starts the year off on a lighter note. This year, "Almost Maine" by John Cariani takes age-old lessons of love and applies them to the little town of Almost in the northern-most parts of Maine. The show takes audience members through love in its many stages as couples around town share in the evening's "Northern Lights." The play will be performed in three-quarter round Oct. 27 to 29.

"Almost Maine" will be revived in March for the Connecticut Drama Association Festival, a high school drama competition in which New Canaan High School has participated for the past four years.

Stephen Schwartz's and John-Michael Tebelak's "Godspell" is the underclassmen fall musical. This 1970s classic will open at New Canaan High School running Nov. 18 to 19.

Open to all grades will be the winter musical, "Sweet Charity." This production, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon is based around the central character Charity, a dancer at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. "Sweet Charity" parades onto the stage March 8 to 10.

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In April, NCHS student playwrights will open their own short plays in the 23rd Annual Drama Festival with their productions of "What's Love Got to Do With It." Performances will take place on April 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The season wraps up with "Oklahoma!," the musical classic of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The story, set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie, a friend of Laurey's.

On top of the five productions, the drama department just finished its annual car wash and tag sale fundraiser and is looking forward to its second annual fundraising gala on Nov. 5. Food and entertainment will be provided entirely by students, featuring songs composed by Cole Porter.