Columbus School for Girls hosted the Hubei Peking Opera Troupe from China as it prepares to stage an intricate theatrical production.

The visit served as a preview of CSG's presentation of "The White Snake," to be held Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, in the school's Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater, 65 S. Drexel Ave.

The school's production of "The White Snake" is believed to be the first time nationwide the production has been performed at a school by high school students, said CSG faculty member Ping Wu, who leads the school's Chinese department.

The show is a collaboration between the Chinese department and the Upper School Theater Department, led by Janetta Davis.

Interpreted for the stage by playwright Mary Zimmeran, the play was inspired by the ancient Chinese legend of a powerful snake spirit who, along with her companion, Green Snake spirit, transforms into a human.

CSG partnered with Capital University to bring the Hubei Peking Opera Troupe to Bexley. On March 1, the troupe visited and performed for students, faculty and parents at CSG. The troupe also planned to perform at a sold-out show on March 2 at Capital's Mees Auditorium.

The troupe's performance demonstrated for CSG students the role that drama plays in telling stories that are relatable to audiences across cultures, Wu said.

"They see that human beings are playing different roles, but (actors) are not necessarily the roles that they play," she said.

The CSG show features live music students will perform on traditional Chinese instruments, student-created puppets, music from Chinese recording artists A Moving Sound, and fight choreography by John Hartshorne, a CSG Upper School science teacher and fifth-degree black belt.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 8, 8 p.m. March 9 and 2 p.m. March 10. For tickets and more information, email tickets@columbusschool forgirls.org.

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