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Front from left, Kate Malanaphy, Tristan Uteeh, Rebecca Feia, Carter Dulka, Tori Pitzer,Hannah Burns, Deliah Jones, middle: Kelly Holm, Savannah Havens, Grady Zerse, Shanlee Seiler-Porter , Maggie Smith, Henry Burns, back: Kate Witte, Grace Nelson, Elizabeth Hamill, Caroline Allessi, Bridget Smith, Danielle Snow, and Andrea Wildes. Submitted photo.

”Little Luncheonette of Terror,” a musical comedy with the book by Tim Kelly, music by Bill Francoeur, and lyrics by Francoeur and Steven Fendrich, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater Oct. 3 to 13 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The cast features talented area students in grades 7 to 9.

Terror and laughter reign when Mongo, a rock-eating creature from the center of the earth, contacts young Pete Berserker, owner of Pete’s Luncheonette. All the kids from high school hang out at Pete’s, but they’re no match for Mongo, who can control thoughts, cause havoc, and change his shape. Actually, Mongo is a walking bucket of toxic waste. He plans to conquer earth by enrolling the kids in his personal army. First, however, he drains their brains of knowledge, making them zombies.

Music director Ezelda Hasapopoulos’ credits include “Adventures of a Comic Book Artist,” “Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood,” “Harriet’s Halloween Candy,” “Madeline’s Christmas” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for The Phipps. She comments, “On so many levels, this has been such a wonderful show and an amazing cast. The actors have outdone themselves. They all learned to sing in four-part harmony. It should be noted that the original music was written for one part only and they all learned more parts — something they were unsure of about themselves. They are also experiencing a show with live music, something most have not experienced yet. I’m excited for these kids to show you what they’ve got.”

Ten performances will be given Oct. 3 to 13 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

General admission tickets are $10 for children and $14 for adults. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at