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Pictured Above (left to right) : Brianna Chance (2019), Salvatore DeLucia (Head of Dramatic Arts Program at Wilbur L. Cross), and  Melissa Cisija (2019), after winning HALO awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

Nominated for 7 HALO* Awards (2019)!

Thank You to New Haven and our Wilbur Cross Community for helping us make 2019's "SISTER ACT" a Divine Success!

"Sister Act" (presented and produced by the Lights Up Drama Club of Wilbur Cross was nominated for 7 HALO* Awards (including Best Musical!) and winner of "Best Supporting Actress in a Musical" (Melissa Cisija, Cross '19) and "Best Actress in a Musical" (Brianna Chance, Cross '19).

The HALO Awards, presented by The Seven Angels Theatre at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT, are an annual high school awards program which honors high school students’ achievements in all aspects of theatre. Over 60 high schools from across the State of Connecticut are participating currently.

List of all 2019 HALO winners:

"Sister Act"  Gallery


The Wilbur Cross Drama Club proudly presents a divine musical comedy that is "Fabulous Baby!"

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. The cast is chock full of amazing roles for actors of all ages, making this a perfect choice for high schools and community theatres. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Lights Up On:

Sister Act The Musical

Lights Up Drama Club

Wilbur Cross High School Dramatic Arts

Who's Who in the Lights Up Drama Club?

Salvatore DeLucia:

Dramatic Arts program/dept lead advisor/educator & Co-Director of Spring Productions.

Heather Bazinet:

Co-Director of Spring Productions.

Matthew Durland:

Music Director of Spring Productions.

Jennifer Kaye: Choreographer/lighting director of Spring Productions.

Samara Vaiuso: Art Director/Crew Advisory/Backstage


What is LIGHTS UP Drama Club all about?

Wilbur Cross High School is a richly diverse community committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and social responsibility for all students in their academies. With the support of family and the community, we strive to provide a safe environment that fosters respect for self and others. Through rigorous instruction based upon high standards and accountability, we challenge students to become life-long learners and empowered citizens.


As Art educators here at Cross, we believe in providing our students with opportunities to participate in the arts on as many different levels and mediums as possible. This includes concerts, art galleries, film productions, theatrical performances, and more. The Lights Up Drama Club of Wilbur Cross provides real-world experiences for our student actors, stage managers and crew members, helping them to understand the value of hard work and perseverance. 

The ultimate goal of the Lights Up Drama Club is to not only expose our New Haven youth to the transformative power of theatrical arts, but to actually provide the opportunities to LIVE those experiences, on stage, back stage, or even in the front of house. Our students will learn what it means to provide pure and true entertainment to diverse and captivated audiences of all ages.


Interested? Want to see for yourself? Well then, you are cordially invited to attend the next Lights Up Drama Club production!


Salvatore DeLucia

Dramatic Arts Program director/educator

Wilbur L. Cross High School

181 Mitchell Drive

New Haven CT 06511

All about LIGHTS UP! Drama


Get in touch for additional information about our upcoming event or simply shoot us an email if you have any questions regarding upcoming projects of the Lights Up Drama Club.

The Wilbur Cross High School dramatic arts program is designed and directed by Salvatore DeLucia, a New Haven Public Schools teacher (English/Dramatic Arts) since 2007.


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