'Showstoppers' takes stage this weekend

Center Stage Theatre will present its annual Teen Musical Theatre Workshop "Broadway Showstoppers" at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 10.

This year's teen production is comprised of musical numbers including songs from Evita, West Side Story, Anything Goes and Aida, to name a few, and features a cast of 40 high school students from Shelton, Derby, Monroe, Beacon Falls, North Haven, Woodbridge, Orange and Bethany.

"One of the most important aspects of our mission as a theater is to build confidence in teens through the performing arts," said Gary Scarpa, who founded Center Stage with his wife, Francesca. "The kids grow incredibly from their participation in this show. I like to think of it as musical theater boot camp — and the performances are like graduation day."

The Scarpas have directed teens in theater for 36 years with the Youth CONNection, the Shelton High School Drama Club, the Sacred Heart Academy Drama Club and the Amity High School Drama Club, and, upon opening Center Stage, the Scarpas integrated their work with teens into the theater's active schedule of performances.

Center Stage is located at the former Lafayette School at 54 Grove Street. To purchase tickets for the production and to learn more about Center Stage, visit www.centerstageshelton.com or call 203-225-6079. Ticket price for "showstoppers" is $15, and may be purchased at the theater's website, or by calling the box office.