The cast and crew of Wells Junior High aSchool’s fall play presentation, ‘Horror 101, Failing Can be Deadly.’ COURTESY PHOTO/Reg Bennett

WELLS — For their fall production, Wells Junior High School students will be presenting “Horror 101, Failing Can be Deadly,” a collection of five hauntingly bizarre tales written by Steven Stack from Oct. 25 through Oct. 27.

Despite its somewhat grim title, this production turns out to be a comedy behind a horror facade in five situational vignettes.  According to promotional material, this collection of scenes promises to “keep you laughing as you keep your eyes covered.”

Horror 101…” features more than 30 sixth- through eighth-grade performers all under the direction of Josie Perkins (director) and Lauren Rivera (assistant director).

“The kids really like this genre,” said Rivera. “They get involved, they’re taking it on. It has some laugh out loud moments with a little bit of spookiness.”

Rivera offered a glimpse into one of the tales where students become locked in a haunted house. Although Scooby Doo won’t be making a guest appearance, Rivera says “you will feel like you have a mystery to solve.”

As with past productions directed by Perkins, the first curtain opening for this play will find both cast and crew having accomplished many aspects of theater production including stage management, make-up, costumes, set design, acting, lights and sound.

In addition, Team Perkins and Rivera believe their multi-aged drama students, will have gained self-confidence and added new connections and relationships with one another in rehearsing for this play.  They will have taken risks and thought outside the box in order to bring their show to life.

The curtain will open to three performances, Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a matinee at 1 p.m. in the Ward Gymnasium at Wells Junior High School on Route One in Wells. Tickets for all shows are available at the door for $5 and refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at intermission.

For more information, call 646-5142.