Superheroes and classic fairy tale characters may not be who they appear to be in "Super Tale," a children's show written and directed by Westerville Central High School senior Noah Martin.

The public can check out the show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the high school, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

"I wrote 'Super Tale' because Whittier (Elementary) had specifically asked us if we would perform a show for them," Martin said. "At the time, another senior and I had been writing two separate shows in a competition for the annual children's show. My show was already done, our director liked it, so she selected my show and said I could direct it."

"Super Tale" is a story about an 8-year-old girl named Sam, who lives in Tall Tale City.

"Now this place is rampant with superheroes and supervillains," Martin said. "It takes the classic superhero origin story and classic fairy tales and combines them both."

Sam is a lonely child with a vivid imagination, according to Martin.

Her grandfather, the Shoemaker from "The Elves and the Shoemaker" story is a crime-fighting superhero. The problem is, he's very old, narcoleptic and part deaf.

"The city is in dire need of a new superhero because supervillains like the Big Bad Wolf and the Queen of Hearts are taking over," Martin said.

So, one superhero -- the Prince -- decides to step up.

"Unfortunately, his heart is impure," Martin said. "Sam must learn to make friends with people like Red (Red Riding Hood), Peter Pan and the Girl Who Cried Wolf (a play on the Boy Who Cried Wolf) and step up to the big baddies."

Martin said the one thing for sure is that people aren't always how they appear.

Freshman Becca Borton, who plays Sam, said it's difficult as a high school student to play such a young character.

"I think the show is really funny," she said.

"We had a performance at Robert Frost Elementary, and they loved it."

Sophomore Frank Schulze said he likes his Shoemaker character.

"My character is hobbling around on stage and randomly falls asleep," he said. "There are a lot of fun moments."

He said there is a bit about Russian spies that is really funny.

"It's short enough to keep the kids' attention, but not too short," Schulze said.

The cast features 19 Westerville Central students.

Junior Jacob Miller is the assistant director and junior Katherine Ganobsik is the stage manager.

Martin said the dialogue is different from other children's shows they've done in the past.

"I try to do witty dialogue when it comes to writing," he said. "I feel like adults and children would like it."

He said the idea of Friday's show is to give back to the community and theater program.

The cost of the performance is $5 to support scholarships for seniors and Run the Race, a project of the Brian Muha Memorial Foundation Inc.

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