PIEDMONT -- The Piedmont High School advanced acting class will present Ken Ludwig's hilarious farce, "Leading Ladies" from Thursday through Sunday.

Set in 1950s Pennsylvania, "Leading Ladies" follows two touring Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable who find their careers in a rut. When they hear that Florence Snyder, a dying heiress, is looking for her long-lost

relations in order to give them a huge inheritance, the actors scheme to impersonate them in order to get the money. The trouble begins when they realize that the relations aren't Florence's nephews, but nieces. Cross-dressing, romance, slapstick, dancing, fencing, roller skating and even a bit of Shakespeare abound, creating a roller coaster of seduction, heartbreak and lots of comedy.

Piedmont High is no stranger to Ken Ludwig's plays, as the advanced class performed his classic farce "Lend Me a Tenor" two years ago.

"Ken Ludwig writes crowd-pleasing, silly types of plays," director Kim Taylor noted. "After the heaviness of fall's "August: Osage County," it was time to lighten the mood around the theater."

Maddie Pomaro, one of the leads, said: "People love to watch guys dressing as girls. Wait until you see how great all four of our guys look in '50s dresses."

"If you like the movie, 'Some Like it Hot,' you'll love this," said Billy Ireland, another lead actor. "If you've never seen 'Some Like it Hot,' you'll still love this. Basically, come if you like to laugh."

"Leading Ladies" is double-cast, so each set of actors will perform two of the four nights. The March 14 and March 16 shows feature Connor Christiansen, Chris Fetterolf, Grant Gadbois, Dan Meade, Eli Nash, Maddie Pomaro, Talia Purnell, and Jiselle Soss, while the March 15 and March 17 shows have Mara Blumenstein, Wes Dunlap, Billy Ireland, Graham Low, William Meredith, Becca Patton, Alec Sieben, and Maya Tellez.

Tickets for "Leading Ladies" are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in Piedmont High School's Alan Harvey Theater.

-- Mary Ireland