Payson High School senior Jesse Carpino is excited.
The first-time director will take the cast of "Sex Lives of Superheroes" to the Arizona State Thespian Conference Nov. 16 and 17.
New rules, for the 2007 conference, dictate students first perform competition plays in front of an audience.
"I think, they think, that if you are ready to perform for the public, you are ready to perform for the judges," Carpino said.
The public is invited to a free preview of "Sex Lives of Superheroes" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Payson High School auditorium.
"The play is a cute little love story, a clever comedy and I like it a lot," Carpino said.
Michael (played by Zach Horsley) is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend Lisa (played by Hayley Scott) and comic books. The plot thickens when Michael's shrink sets him up on a blind date with Eleanor (played by Sabrina Brahm).
Marleann Neilson and another to-be-announced cast member also have lines in the one-act play.
"We are shooting for a superior rating, the top honor, with this play," Carpino said.
Carpino was a junior this past school year when she was assistant director for "Donovan's Daughters."
Now, the buck stops with her. She has learned the arts of compromise and patience.
"I have an extreme understanding of how much work truly goes into a production," she said.
"I have learned to put my foot on the ground and have it sound like constructive criticism, when I want the actors to do something," she added.
"Sex Lives of Superheroes" is one of three senior-directed one-act plays that PHS drama students will perform Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15 in the Black Box.
Jen Sandoval will direct "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Silas Eckstein will direct "Playground." Sandoval, Eckstein and their respective cast members will take their plays to acting festivals later this school year.