Typically the drama department at Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel holds its performances in the school choir room, using handmade sets and backdrops to magically transform the space.
But this year's production of the 1950s musical Guys and Dolls is a big one and there's hope of drawing an even bigger crowd, as students take their show on the road to the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High.
"It's the first time we've ever done this," drama teacher Margaret Peacock said as she directed some gangster types during a recent after-school rehearsal. "This is a big show. It takes a lot of work."
More than 150 Wiregrass Ranch students have their hands in this one, Peacock said, including a 72-member cast and 30-piece student orchestra. Add to that a slew of art students and volunteers creating the sets that include a sewer and a cityscape that can be pieced together easily for the Broadway scene.
"We are having to build a show that we can break down and truck to the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel," she said. "That's no mean feat."
And it turns out, the kids can act, too. Come see for yourself.