A young boy’s vibrant color selections thrill his animal subjects until his sister’s competing efforts invite divisions that challenge friendships in “The Coloring Book,” the annual production for youth produced by Hastings College Alpha Psi Omega theater honorary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m Sunday at Scott Studio Theatre, 806 N. Turner Ave.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at tickets@hastings.edu or at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Penned by Bradley Walton, the storyline addresses multiple issues that affect young people today, including bullying, racism, peer pressure, conformity, and the need for acceptance. These difficult subject matters are handled in a manner that is both educational and appropriate for young audiences.

While its message aims to teach empathy, the play never forgets to entertain.

Tribland locals in the cast are: Becky Cox of Blue Hill as Paul the Polar Bear; Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Diana the Cat; Cameron Rodgers of Hastings, Arthur the Monkey; and Keeley Garland of Superior, an animal extra.

Among crew members is Jordan Ismaiel of Hastings, projections designer.

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