Theatre groups support Milford after student’s death

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – In the aftermath of a tragedy, drama club students at Jonathan Law High School are prepping for their spring play “Little Shop of Horrors,” which will be presented this weekend.

They’ve got heavy hearts after losing classmate and would-be puppeteer Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed to death inside the Milford high school on Friday.

But they aren’t going it alone.

Several youth theatre groups in the state have reached out to the drama club at Law, including Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.

“The theatre community is a community of kids that are always tight-knit,” said Sacred Heart’s Kim Curbow. “They don’t have to know each other, you just support each other.”

Though most students at Sacred Heart didn’t know Sanchez, they have heard she loved the stage and believe moving forward with the play she had a role in would have been important to her.

“Maren would want them to do this,” said Fran Saukas. “I don’t think she would want them to mourn in a way that they don’t express themselves.”

After Friday’s tragedy, which was allegedly at the hands of fellow classmate Chris Plaskon, the school was closed Monday and rehearsal time was lost. But that’s where Sacred Heart came in.

“I knew right away that when we reached out to our theater kids that there was no question that they were going to be there,” Curbow said.

The theatre department at Sacred Heart made the biggest condolence card they could make, then rushed over an even bigger care package, which included hairspray, makeup wipes and cough drops, among other items.

“I think they would really need things … that would just inspire them to keep going,” student Rachel Porzio said.

Theatre groups at Trumbull, Westbrook and Amity high schools have also pitched in to help the drama club at Law with their weekend performances, which will be dedicated to Sanchez.

The play takes the stage at the Law auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for seniors.

AJ Walker reporting

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