CLINTON - New York City can be like a bug zapper: its bright lights attract the innocent and some end up getting hurt.
For aspiring writer Michael, moving from small town Ohio to trying to make a living in the Big Apple is more than a bit terrifying.
Clinton High School theatre students will be telling his story, and those of some very interesting New Yorkers, in their production of "Mixed Nuts."
The show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the stage at Clinton Middle School, 115 Milwaukee Road. General admission tickets are $4.
"Michael's story is a really wild ride," said Kaila Alonzo, a senior who is performing in the show as Michael's mother. "There are a lot of different characters and a lot of good laughs."
The tale of "Mixed Nuts" begins when Michael moves into a rather run-down apartment in the city. It doesn't take long for him to figure out that the building attracts a variety of artists.
There's a lovely actress, a "big" actor who proudly portrays fruits and vegetables in commercials, and even a Russian ballerina who isn't afraid to be bossy and make Michael sweat.
"Michael isn't all that confident, so his alter ego Mike helps him out," said sophomore Andy Melson, who is performing in the show as Mike. His twin brother, Miles, plays Michael.
Senior Laura Schultz, performing in the show as the actress Philomena, said preparing for "Mixed Nuts" has been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.
"I like that everybody has become friends on stage and also off the stage...we've really been putting a lot of time and effort into this," she said.
Teacher Aaron Bennett said that the students have learned a lot from this production. Not only have they had to learn their lines, but there have been accents to work on, costumes to make and a set to build.
Many of the students are theatre newcomers, but they have done very well, Bennett added.
"The kids have been putting this whole show together and the audience is going to find something in the story that they can relate to," he said.