Olentangy Orange High School student actors will take the stage this weekend to present Arabian Nights.

Olentangy Orange High School student actors will take the stage this weekend to present Arabian Nights.

This year's annual fall play is based on the Royal Shakespeare Factory's adaptation of the book One Thousand and One Nights, which features classic stories such as The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

When a king, the play's main character, is betrayed by his queen, he refuses to trust others and has the women in his kingdom killed. In hopes of putting an end to King Shahrayar's terror, Queen Shahrazad tells him a series of tales that will lighten his heart.

"Sometimes during the stories, they end up going into these strange and magical worlds, with giant beasts and thieves," said theater director Cathy Swain-Abrams.

The 25 Orange students who will act in the show won't just take on the roles of human characters in the stories; they'll also come together to form a large bird, a fountain and a cave that will bring the tales to life.

"There are a lot of very interactive things within the storytelling," Swain-Abrams said. "The actors are doing a lot of things that would normally be taken care of with sets."

Many of the sets and costumes for the show were created by volunteers and the cast, which includes 20 students who will work behind the scenes during the show.

Arabian Nights will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Seniors who apply for an Olentangy discount card can attend the performance for free.

To purchase tickets, leave a message at the box office by calling 740-657-5112. General admission tickets also will be available for purchase at the school an hour prior to performances.