New Canaan High School Theatre was named the "Best High School Theatre Program" in the Northeast region for 2013 by the Stage Directions Honors Program.
Each year, the honors program names six high schools in North America as the best in their region. The program looks at theater groups in Canada, the Midwest, Southwest, Northwest, Southeast and Northeast.
Even though New Canaan High School doesn't have a formal theater program during school hours, it has proven itself with numerous awards in the state and in a competition in California just last year.
"The kids learn by doing, after school and Saturdays," Dee Alexander, the NCHS Theatre coordinator, said.
With five shows a year, including three musicals, a fall play, a festival of student written plays and a fundraising performance each year, it's a major commitment for all the students as well as the staff and volunteers that work alongside them.