Stephenville High School theatre students performed an original One Act Play, “Unexpected Hope,” Thursday that was written by art teacher Emily McLemore with original music by associate director of band and percussion specialist Michel Wimberly.

“It’s a really sweet story and has been educational for the kids,” theatre director Mindy Pope said about the play, which is set in present day America and 1954 Japan. “Every student in theatre and art has worked on it.”

Cast members include: Courtney McGuire as Sam; Tori Permann as Sadako; Kyla Carter as Chizuko; Maeci Ray as young Sadako; Leah Dowell as Mom; Cooper Vandenberg as Father; Destinee King as the Mother; Cameron Bishop as the doctor; Jasmine Secrest as Masahiro; and several other dancers, crew members, managers and hair and makeup.

All choreography was done by Abbey Leinhauser.

The District One Act Play competition will kick off at SHS next week at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the public is invited to attend the SHS performance for free, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. that day. There will be no late admittance to the show.