The Lawrence Academy Theatre Department presents "The Sparrow" on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on the school's campus in Groton.

The play taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence -- fearing that we're somehow different while hoping that we're somehow special.

But that dilemma is especially tough for teenager Emily Book, who returns home after 10 years away and turns the town of Spring Farm, Illinois, upside-down. Emily is no ordinary high school senior.

Can this strange girl be the hero the town is longing for, or will her dark secret destroy them all? Sometimes hilarious and sometimes anguished, "The Sparrow" plays as part sci-fi, part classic teen movie, and part comic book.

The public is welcome and admission is free. The facility is handicap accessible. Lawrence Academy's website at www.lacademy.edu provides a map of the school campus. Email Theatre Director Joel Sugerman at jsugerman@lacademy.edu with any questions.