Are you ready for some teenage drama that will delight you instead of dizzy you? Teenage thespians are in full rehearsal mode for their spring performances. Most of the casts consist of 30 students, with many more working behind the scenes on set design and technical production.

Drama professors and faculty advisors have made ambitious selections this season for their students. Here’s a sample of what some of our schools are practicing to make perfect before their opening nights:

Baltimore School for the Arts — Junior Scene Night, a compilation of original scenes written and performed by the Junior Acting Ensemble.
City College — Up the Down Staircase
Friends — West Side Story
Gilman/Bryn Mawr/Roland Park Country School — Tartuffe and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
McDonogh — The Dining Room  
Park School — Student-directed plays and A Raisin in the Sun
Pikesville High — Cinderella
Poly — Aladdin
St. Paul’s — Spring Shorts: Student-directed and student-written one-act plays

Curtains go up starting this week for some schools and performances continue throughout March and April. Most tickets sell for around $10. That’s designer talent at a bargain price. Check out the schools’ websites for more information.

Plus, you never know when you might be watching a future celebrity. Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway performed in their high school plays before becoming A-list stars.