The ups and downs of everyday life will play out on stage as Gahanna Lincoln High School seniors present "Are We There Yet?" during the 18th annual dinner theater show Thursday, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Feb. 10.

The production, featuring the performance studio class, will be presented on the main stage at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

"This show reveals just how difficult all stages of life really are," said Cindi Macioce, theater director. "Inside of the drama that plays out in our lives, we work very hard to find those little bits of humor that keep us going."

She said this show reflects both the serious and the humorous parts of life.

Senior Sean Pettit said the show has a balance of humorous and deeply emotional scenes.

He also said it's a true representation of what it means to be in a family.

"The emotional scenes practically make you want to call your parents and tell them you love them," he said. "All of the cast and crew have been putting in long hours of work during our class time and after school, doing dances, practicing, singing or working scenes."

He said he's proud of where the class is with the show, and he's excited to perform in it.

In addition to Pettit, other cast members include seniors Aaron Thomas Barkley II, Sabrina Brush, Taj Caldwell, Sydney Cannon, Justus Dominguez, Cole Frasher, Colin Hengstebeck, Jace Nguyen, Maya Rossio, Deja Russell, Allison Sherwood, Chloe Smith, Erica Thacker, Rachel Tuohy, Keaton Ward and Alexander Wihelm.

The show without dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. For the other two performance nights, dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium lobby, with the show at 7 p.m.

Mi Tradicion is donating Friday night's dinner, with Barrel & Boar and City Barbeque donating Saturday night's meal.

Coffee for both nights is courtesy of Java's.

Actors will serve the dinner in character, and the audience will sit on the stage during the performances.

Show-only tickets may be purchased for any of the three performances.

A ticket for dinner and the show costs $25, while show-only tickets cost $10.

All proceeds go to the Performing Arts Boosters to help fund theater projects.

Tickets can be purchased at www.locallevelevents.com or at the door.

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