Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but she is unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck family.

Then, she gets more than she imagined.

The pros and cons of immortality are explored in the musical, Tuck Everlasting, which runs the next two weekends at the downtown Fox Theater.

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m.  Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

When Winnie, portrayed by North Platte High student Kennedy Pucket, learns the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she faces a choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their journey.

She is also called on to fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life, including a flashy carnival worker, played by the dapper Justin Morgan.

The stage set sparkles with soft colors, matching the music, which is lighthearted at times, profound at other times.

The production is a collaboration of the playhouse and music and theater departments of North Platte Community College. It is directed by Ritch Galvan of the college, and produced through a special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Director Ritch Galvan

The story is family friendly, the setting is rural, and the story is about the quality of life, not the quantity — appealing factors, Galvan said.

“It’s going to be fantastic,” he said. “This is the first collaboration between the playhouse and the college. We’re really pulling out all the stops and using the resources of both places.”

Galvan said the Broadway musical closed last year. North Platte’s 24 cast members are doing their best to bring a Broadway caliber show to the stage, bolstered by the wonderful acoustics of the downtown theater.

“It’s a gorgeous show,” Galvan said simply.

The cast is comprised of high school students, college students and community members. A crew of 15 workers take supporting roles, running the lights, designing sets, preparing costumes and fog machines.

A pit orchestra provides the instrumentation. The musical director is Angelina Gradel — the interim voice instructor at the college.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Admission is free for NPCC students and employees who show vouchers, which are available at the welcome centers at both the north and south campuses.

Tuck Everlasting is made possible in part by Nebraskaland National Bank, the Nebraska Arts Council, playhouse patrons, the community college and the audience, playhouse Executive Director Scott Carlson said.

The cast Ritch Galvan — Angus Tuck Melissa Mitchell – Mae Tuck Maximus Wohler – Jesse Tuck Case Axthelm – Miles Tuck Kennedy Pucket – Winnie Foster Justin Morgan – Man in the Yellow Suit Anne Schmidt – Nana Foster Michael Lecher – Constable Joe Malachi Murtaugh – Hugo Traci Sawyer – Betsy Foster Ella Harmon – Thomas Lisa Hodgen – adult Winnie Shekynah Hodgen – young adult Winnie Tia San Miguel – Fairgoer Erin Hajj – Showgirl Allison Thalkan – Showgirl Skylar Stethem – Dancer Alex San Miguel – Carney Annie Von Kampen – Carney Jonah San Miguel – Carney Jordan Hajj – Carney Dylan Stethem – Carney

Crew leaders Choreography – Amariah Gesinski. Stage Manager – Wendi Stover Sound – Bob Westbrook

Pit orchestra Virgil French, Greg Todd, Lane Swedberg, Cecilia Lawrence, Jennifer Winder, Robert Martinson and Amber Martinson.