It is officially November, which means the temperature is dropping, the kids are eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving break, and Essex High School Theater is polishing up another fall musical. Past shows have included Urinetown, Les Miserables, and last year’s fantasy-filled production of Big Fish. This year, they’re taking Essex back to the ’50s with Cry-Baby.
Cry-Baby, based on the 1990 John Waters film, is the story of Allison Vernon-Williams and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker and their star-crossed teenage romance, forbidden by the class war between their respective communities, the Squares and the Drapes. Allison, portrayed by EHS senior Emma Blatt, spends the show torn between the two worlds in an attempt to figure out who she truly is.