NEW CANAAN — After a season of more-serious productions last year, New Canaan High School Theater is starting off its new season with some laughs with their upcoming fall production of “Feathers in the Wind.”

The musical comedy is based on Jewish folklore about the foolish people of Chelm. The show follows an ensemble of townspeople and their ill-advised business ventures.

For this show, seating will be limited, as audience members will be seated on benches placed on the stage, rather than in the house of the theater.

“It’s different when you can see the faces of the people in the audience,” said Connie Piotroski, who handles publicity for NCHS Theater. “It’s a different kind of theater experience.”

The musical is different from the students’ more-serious shows last year, including “Orphan Train,” a play set in 1914.

“A lot has to do with what we’ve done in the past,” said Dee Alexander, play director. “You change it up. We chose a comedy to show more fun, crazy characters.

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‘Feathers in the Wind’

Where: New Canaan High School auditorium

When: Thursday at 7 p.m., Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $17. Seating is on stage and limited. Email Cathy at for questions or special accommodation needs. Go to to purchase tickets.

“It’s also a Yiddish folk tale, which is the furthest you can get from New Canaan, Conn.,” she added.

The setting of the stories gives students a chance to stretch their acting chops by using accents, dancing in musical numbers and embracing slapstick comedy. The students also get to use their technical skills by helping with the offstage aspects of the show, including lighting, costumes and props. Even the stage manager of the show is a student.

“I don’t think you have anybody who just acts,” Pitroski said.

Performances of “Feathers in the Wind” will take place Thursday to Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. For information, email


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