Nearly 100 local students are gearing up to perform the classical musical "The Sound of Music" beginning Saturday.
The show will take place in the Ferndale High School auditorium and is presented by the Ferndale Musical Boosters.
Producer Judy Donlin said this year's play is a little different than most because of the number of children involved, playing the roles of the seven Von Trapp children.
The youngest children are actually double-cast, she said, with the two casts alternating performance nights.
"In this particular show the children have to do a lot of acting and a lot of singing," Donlin said. "Having the five youngest children double-cast has been kind of nice because it involves more kids and it's giving them more experience."
Attendees can look forward to hearing songs like "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" with music from a larger-than-usual pit orchestra, which Donlin said includes a tuba and harp this year.
Being in the play is a learning experience beyond the acting and singing for all of the students - teaching them about the time period of the story, working as a team and more.
"It's just a really positive thing that our students are doing," Donlin said.
The students involved in the production are a close-knit group, she said. "They just really get along well, and we don't really have any kind of ego problems whatsoever," she said.
Last year's spring musical was Grease.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. March 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Tickets can be purchased at $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $3 for children younger than 12.
You can buy tickets from any cast member, at the schools, at the Kulick Center, at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, at the door or online at http://fhs-musical.brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday, March 16: Opening night. Afterglow reception in the commons area following the performance.
Sunday, March 17: Senior Citizen Reception at 2 p.m. in the FHS Media Center. Members of the FHS National Honor Society will be serving finger foods and refreshments to seniors. The reception is free, but a ticket to the 3 p.m. show must be purchased.
Sunday, March 24: Members of the Class of 2013 will be recognized on state after curtain call. Many of these students have been involved with Ferndale theatre since elementary and middle school.
For more information, visit www.ferndaletheatre.org.