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Summit Country Day junior debuting musical she wrote

Posted at 7:25 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 07:35:24-04

CINCINNATI -- Zac Efron won't be there, but there's a high school musical hitting a local stage tonight. 

Summit Country Day junior Lilly Gieseke, 17, wrote all of the songs and is producing and directing her first musical. 

"I know some music, so I was like, 'might as well write one," she said. 

It's called "A Tale of Two Friends." It's about friends Clara and David, who decide to write their own fairytale. 

Lilly said it's "just about friendship and how great it is, and what it can withstand."

Appropriately, Lilly called on a few of her friends to make the production happen. 

Summit Country Day senior Davis DeFoor will be playing the piano.

"When she asked me to play piano in it I was like, 'Yep. Awesome. That sounds great,'" he said. 

They're teenagers, but they're not strangers to the stage. All the performers have been in school productions.

Lilly wrote the music using a handy program on her computer. She also loves the ukulele, and wrote a lot of songs using one. 

"I didn't want to take them off of the ukulele, so I just made the actors play the ukulele," she said. 

Lilly joked she's "mostly terrified," but said she wants it to be a fun night. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park. Ticket proceeds will benefit Wordplay Cincy.