Applewood Christian School will present their spring production of the "The Enchanted Bookshop" on April 27 and 28.

The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27. There will be two performances on Saturday, April 28, with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. Matinee tickets are $5.00 for adults and seniors. Children over age 5 are $3.00.

Adult tickets for the 7:00 performances both nights are $7.00, while children are $5.00.

The play is described as, "during the day, a likely story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. When a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Doolittle."

The directors of Applewood Christian School's production, Dharma Leon and Katelynn Nevils, said the school is comprised of kids attend school 3 days a week, Monday, Wed, and Fridays. The rest of the week, the students are at home doing school work. Leon indicated the cast incorporates almost half home-schooled students and half Applewood students.

This is Nevils' first time directing a play on her own. She has assisted Leon with two other productions. Nevil's is a 2015 graduate of Applewood Christian School.

Concessions will be available during "The Enchanted Bookshop," to benefit the drama program.

Leon said, "we hope everyone comes and enjoys a wonderful program about the richness of literature and keeping books alive."

Applewood Christian School is located at 25396 State Hwy O, in Sedalia. Tickets are available at the school box office.Ticket reservations are available by calling 827-4700.

Ryan Skaith

"The Enchanted Bookshop," by Todd Wallinger, is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado.