Gahanna residents could reminisce about their favorite childhood memories over a catered meal next week during the Lincoln High School Performance Studio's Dinner Theatre.
The 12th annual dinner theater will showcase the musical, How to Eat Like a Child (and Other Lessons About Not Being a Grown Up).
Audiences will eat and watch the show from their seats on the stage, with students serving dinner while they're in character.
The dinner theater includes a catered meal, a show and a souvenir program for $20. It will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9. Curtain time for all performances is 7 p.m.
The menu includes O'Charley's chicken, side dishes of macaroni and cheese and green beans from City Barbeque, a beverage and home-made dessert.
A show-only performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and costs $8. A show-only ticket also will be available Friday and Saturday.
Drama director Cindi Macioce said this is the largest cast ever for a dinner theater.
"The community will be able to see more Gahanna Lincoln High School talent on stage, which is a big plus," she said. "The show is set up in little vignettes about being a kid. In the scenes and songs presented, the audiences will be able to see themselves as children and relive some of their favorite moments from childhood."
Macioce said parents should be able to connect to the dialogue and sentiments expressed from the adult perspective.
"It is a fun, light, family-friendly evening of theater at a reasonable price," she said.
Scenes will feature How to Beg for a Dog, How to Ride in a Car and How to Behave at School, among others.
The cast comprises students in the all-senior Studio Performance class: Alvaro Pareja, Danny Radomski, Jacob Lisek, Jonathan LaBorde, Alex Dilgard, Amanda Weiss, Cary Haberman, Emily Demjanenko, Morgan Jones, Haley Bockrath, Abby Leppert, Cara Monico, Bre Moser, Tara Smith, Allie Earl, Erin Donohue, Sana Selemon, Sydni Randle and Morrisa Cohen. The stage manager is Zak Binns.
The dinner theater serves as a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds to benefit the theater program.
In the past, Macioce said, the boosters have used the funds to replace the curtains in the Little Theatre and to reupholster the class/rehearsal furniture for the students.
A future project is to replace the projector cart used for all classes.