Lansing High School students will perform three plays in a unique setting this weekend.

Approximately 40 students will take part in the showing of “The 51st State,” which is comprised of three student-written plays.

The plays will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium of the high school.

The plays include “Take Out,” written by Breanna Wuerzberger and directed by Jessie Twitchell, “Malfunction,” written and directed by Preston Thomas, and “Teacher’s Lounge,” written and directed by Jake Merino.

Each of the plays last about 20 minutes.

“I think they did really well,” said Casey McCord, theater teacher at the high school.

He said this is the second consecutive year for the production that is totally student-driven and produced.

“They have taken it to the next level,” McCord said. “They have risen the bar for themselves.”

The plays will be performed in what McCord called a “black box theater.”

The actors will perform on a raised platform and audience members will be seated on stage on three sides.

McCord said some audience members in the front rows could be as near as one foot from the actors.

“It’s a smaller, more intimate setting,” McCord said. 

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Donations will help three Lansing students travel to compete in the International Thespian Festival national competition this summer at the University of Nebraska.

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