Don't expect standard stage stuff from the Liberty Theater Workshop this fall.
Olentangy Liberty High School's fall play, Stephen Gregg's "TRAP," is a fictionalized story presented in documentary style, as if it were a series of reenactments of interviews and news reports regarding mysterious events that occurred in Menachap, California.
"It's a thriller, and it presents a twist on the art of theater," teacher and director Daniel Skrovan said. "It has a lot to say about anxiety, about believability and about what's real."
It's a new play, something that appeals to junior Grace Ellis, who plays Heche, a detective.
"It adds to the mystery," Ellis said. "The title doesn't give away anything, so hopefully audiences are all wondering 'What is this about?' "
The play is one act with no intermission.
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the theater at the school, 3584 Home Road.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and are available at ticketracker.com.
Olentangy Orange High School also will present its fall play this weekend as teacher Cathy Swain-Abrams directs Alan Haehnel's drama, "Shun the Heaven."
The play focuses on a struggling poor family that discovers supernatural gifts with the potential to change their lives, said Swain-Abrams.
It follows Ruth, an 18-year-old who must decide between leaving her family and rural lifestyle to pursue the exciting life of her wealthy customers, or honoring her prayerful mother's wish that she surrender to God's plan for them and Ruth's disabled, 15-year-old twin sisters.
"Shun the Heaven" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 in the auditorium at the school, 2840 E. Orange Road.
Tickets are available at oohsoh.booktix.com and cost $8 for adults, $5 for students, district staff and senior citizens.
Later in October, Olentangy High School will present "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory.
Inspired by a true story, "Radium Girls" is set in 1926 and concerns several girls who get sick after being exposed to radium, the then-miracle cure that shrinks tumors. Wealth, health and the commercialization of science are explored with warmth and humor.
Show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19, and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the school, 675 Lewis Center Road.
Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens and district staff.
Tim Kelly's "That's the Spirit" is Olentangy Berlin High School fall production, to be presented at 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the school, 3140 Berlin Station Road.
Teacher Erin Gibbons directs.
The "whodunit" is a funny and spooky romp, full of offbeat and kooky characters, such as Claire Voyant, the psychic lead investigator.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and children. They will be available at door or at obhsdrama.booktix.com starting Oct. 14.