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Drama Club to present 'Classic Children's Tales'

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A group of Franklin Heights High School students have some stories to tell.

The school's drama club will present Classic Children's Tales in performances offered at 7 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Franklin Heights auditorium, 1001 Demorest Road, Columbus.

The hour-long program will include such classics as "Sleeping Beauty," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Three Little Pigs."

The cost is $1 for adults and 25 cents for children at the door.

The stories will be told in the style of Fractured Fairy Tales, with contemporary and humorous touches, said Jim Perine, Franklin Heights theater director.

The idea for doing a program of children's tales arose after a number of parents brought their children to the musical version of "Alice in Wonderland" the drama club presented last spring, he said.

The productions scheduled for this school year -- "Mystery at Shady Lane" last fall and "Hello Dolly" in April -- are not as suitable for children, Perine said.

"We decided to do something that parents could bring their children to," he said. "We're not charging as much because it's a shorter production. We have no idea how many people are going to show up."

Perine said he has tried to expand the scope of the drama club since he became theater director two years ago.

"I want to give our young actors experience at a variety of roles and shows as I can," he said. "I'm hoping it can inspire some of them to stay involved in theater after high school."

In addition to the plays, the drama club's activities this year include an improvisational group that recently participated in a competition at Hilliard Davidson High School.

"We rode out on a bus like a sports team going to a game," Perine said. "We didn't win anything, but it was still a great experience for the kids."

Audie George is participating in "Children's Tales" as both performer and technical crew member.

"I wanted to see what was involved backstage as well as on stage," she said. "It has made me realize how much work is going on behind the scenes while the actors are on stage."

Acting is fun, George said, because you can play a character that is completely different from yourself.

"It's an escape," she said.

Although he is not a performer, as stage manager, Ben Osteroh said he is proud of the important role he plays in the drama club's productions.

"I love working up the color schemes and lighting we have and seeing how people in the auditorium are reacting to what we're doing," he said. "It's fun to be part of a group working together to put on our shows."

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