The J.I. Case High School theater students will present a special encore performance June 18 of their student-written and performed play, #DarkSideoftheRainbow.

After three students committed suicide at Horlick High School in just two years, the students saw an opportunity to highlight several issues they see in the community, so they wrote this original musical.

The story gives voice to a character named Danielle, a transgender girl, who has a transgender friend named Paris who committed suicide. But Saxony, the student government president, takes issue with how people are paying more attention to Paris’ death than her and she wages war on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and a battle ensues.

#DarkSideoftheRainbow garnered five awards at the state competition and will be presented at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska.

“The show ends right at a critical point and the audience has an opportunity to engage with the actors and the story,” Case teacher and theater advisor Nancy Gibson said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Case theater. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.

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