Gahanna Lincoln High School's Performance Studio class of 2017 will present an Ohio premiere of "The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs."
The show will presented at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 9, while a dinner and the show will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
"It is a story about pound puppies working toward the ultimate goal of being adopted," said Cindi Macioce, director. "It is such a great ensemble piece, and the fact that it is new to Ohio audiences made it attractive, as well."
She said the show centers around the human qualities of rescue dogs.
"Basically, (it's) what your rescue dog might say to you if it had the chance," Macioce said. "It's fun storytelling and family-friendly entertainment. Because the show is so new, we've been able to work directly with the creative team to mold the show to the talents and strengths of our group. That is such a plus."
The book, music and lyrics are the work of Phil Darg and Julie Ana Rayne.
Senior Michael Arthur plays the role of Shep, an Australian shepherd.
"Shep is a very energetic dog in the show, whose love interest is Fluffy," Arthur said. "We will be dressing how your dog would be in human-life wear, so I will wear active wear. He's like that dog who won't leave you alone."
He said anyone who has a connection to dogs will like seeing the human attributes.
"The biggest challenge for me is having to sing," Arthur said. "As far as other challenges, the real difficulty is to imagine yourself as a dog and use their gestures to get yourself into character."
The entire play takes place over two days within the walls of what's called the Eastview Animal Shelter.
Arthur said there's a scene featuring an adoption floor that audiences are sure to enjoy.
"It's the dogs' chance to get selected," he said.
He said it's one of the most energetic and entertaining shows Gahanna Lincoln has performed in a while.
"It's the Ohio premiere," Arthur added. "It's up and coming and new and will draw a lot of people."
In addition to Shep, the other characters and student performers include: Laura, Kali Deagle; Ms. Hargreave, Dani Koscik; Zoe, Brittany Taylor; Lucky, Ryan Shaw; Pal, Camille Mancuso; Fido, Mylun Jackson; Madam, Olivia Renda; Billie, Hannah Shovlin; Fluffy, Melanie Linker; Yappy, Emily Bockrath; Slinky, Chloe Garrett; Olvia/Mother/Susan, Sami Emmons; Sandy, Mila Edwards; Penny, Emily Barber; Cody, Emily Rogers; and Father/Brad/Man, Boston Grunkemeyer.
Dinner-theater tickets, at $25, must be purchased online at localevelevents.com.
Show-only tickets can be purchased for any of the three performances at a cost of $10, available online or at the door until sold out.
The high school is working with O'Charley's and Outback Steakhouse and Java's Coffee for the dinner.
Proceeds will benefit the theater-drama boosters.
For more about the show's history, visit imaginedtheatre.org.