Two theatrical productions are taking place this weekend in Hilliard.

Two theatrical productions are taking place this weekend in Hilliard.

Hilliard Davidson High School presents "Charlotte's Web" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 1-3) at the school, 5100 Davidson Road. Admission is $5.

Technical director Diana Vance said it's the third time they've performed the E.B. White classic over the years.

"It's been 10 years since we've done it," Vance said. "We look at what seems to be going on and look at our kids, who's available and our budget. That's a book they read in the elementary schools here."

Vance said Davidson traditionally does a children's show every fall, which is good because they're typically shorter and allows more students a chance to get on stage. There are 25 in the cast of "Charlotte's Web" and 15 more working behind the scenes.

These shows are a challenge because they're staged so early in the school year, however, being fully-staged with scenery and costumes.

"We have to cast the show the minute we're back to school," Vance said. "We haven't even done our club membership drive yet. We put it up really fast in a month. We have to work hard at letting everyone know when the auditions are."

Those efforts have a long-term payoff, though, Vance said.

"There's a lot of research that says the earlier the kids come see theater, the more inclined they are to be involved later in life, whether it's backstage or in the audience. We sort of view it as our mission to do a kid's show every year. This year, we're doing two, because we have "Beauty and the Beast" in the spring."

Also taking place this weekend is Bread & Circus Theatre's production of "Boy Meets Girl" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Harmony Artistic Center, 3979 Parkway Lane. Tickets cost $12.

"Boy Meets Girl" is a screwball comedy about a cowboy actor and a pregnant cafeteria worker written by the husband-and-wife team of Sam and Bella Spewack in 1935. It was made into a movie in 1938 and last seen on Broadway in 1998.