The Westerville North High School theatre troupe will cater to fans of both comedy and tragedy this weekend when the curtain rises on the school's annual spring play.

The Westerville North High School theatre troupe will cater to fans of both comedy and tragedy this weekend when the curtain rises on the school's annual spring play.

The drama department will offer three one-act plays, ranging from the whimsical to the serious, according to director Amy Birtcher.

The first play is titled "Check Please-Take Two," and is a sequel to a play WNHS performed last year.

"In the first play ("Check Please"), there are a girl and a guy who are searching for love. They're meeting people on blind dates and starting relationships, but all of the blind dates are weird people with strange problems. It's a real comical mess," Birtcher said. "At the end of that play, the man and woman end up getting together. In ("Check Please-Take Two"), they've been dating but have broken up and are back in the dating pool and having the same bad experiences."

The second play is "Man Woman Flower," set in a museum.

"'Man Woman Flower' is the title of a painting that you never quite see, which is hanging in the museum," Birtcher said. "This is another series of vignettes of people who come through the museum and see the painting and talk about it. As you watch the people, however, you learn that what they're responding to is brought from their own lives -- they have different reactions compared to what is in their own personal world.

"The idea is that art affects each person differently; you're not doing something objective when you look at it."

The final vignette of the spring performance is titled "Months on End." While Birtcher is directing the first two, "Months on End" will be directed by WNHS graduate and Otterbein College student Courtney Cotts.

"This one has 12 scenes, one for each month, and involves 10 people who are all involved in each others' lives somehow," Birtcher said. "Each scene explores their lives and how they are interwoven, and at the end, you have a picture of this group and how it is interconnected."

Birtcher said a bare-bones cast will undertake the spring performance.

"We have about 30 students involved as performers, and the actors are crewing for the other vignettes," she said. "There are very simple sets; we have one student who is doing props that's not in the cast, and a light and sound tech, but pretty much everyone else is doing multiple things."

WNHS's productions of "Check Please- Take Two," "Man Woman Flower" and "Months on End" open tonight, April 30, in the WNHS auditorium, 950 County Line Road. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday.

General admission tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door.

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