Town Players, Newtown: The Town Players of Newtown have not produced a musical in many years. They opted to remedy this by staging “Is There Life After High School?” inspired by Ralph Keye’s book of the same name. Jeffrey Kindley and Craig Carnelia adapted it for the stage. It’s a cute little musical that does bring back thoughts of those teen years. It doesn’t have the substance of other plays catering to the high school years, but it works when it comes to pushing the memory button. During intermission, audience members were sharing their own high school memories, which show that the play works in this respect. It all comes down to it doesn’t matter what school you went to or what year you graduated. Some things never change. There’s always a star athlete, the perky cheerleader, as well as the nerd, the shy one and the bully. In other words, there are always winners and losers, the in clique and the outsiders. There are also moments, bad or good, that you will never forget from those high school years. That’s what this musical is all about.
This is actually a revue, though director Brian DeToma described it as a “memory musical” during his pre-curtain speech. Most of the characters are stereotypical, remembering the past, and illustrate how completely different they are now as adults in the present. One especially fine number is “I’m Glad You Didn’t Know Me,” which is a song a woman sings to her husband, believing had he known her in high school, he never would have dated her let alone married her.