Sarah Noble Intermediate School in New Milford will present an original musical theater production, "The Mice of Merwinsville," April 29 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Forty-five students will also perform the production for the rest of the school April 28-29.

The play, based on the history of the Merwinsville Hotel, a historical landmark in Gaylordsville, tells the story of the adventures and misadventures of the mice who reside in the hotel and find that their lives are in jeopardy when the humans begin to restore the hotel in the 1970s.

The mice must learn the secrets of survival and how to get along with the humans so they can live in peace and harmony.

Students have been rehearsing after school since December, and parent and staff volunteers have been working on costumes, scenery and props.

Susan Hackel, reading specialist at Sarah Noble, conceived of and wrote the story with the help of Nanci Zimmerman, a fifth grade teacher, and several students at Hill and Plain School a decade ago.

It was originally supposed to be a story by children and for children, with Ms. Hackel's goal to turn it into a book to sell to support the restoration of the Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville.

Unfortunately, the story never was completed.

However, last summer, at the suggestion of Ms. Hackel's voice teacher, Zoe Vandermeer of Gaylordsville, Ms. Hackel completed the story and turned it into a script.

TJ Thompson, music director at the Taft School in Watertown, wrote the music and Sylvia Onorato, an eighth-grade poet from Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford, wrote the lyrics.

Sarah Noble's program is supported by donations of the Sarah Noble PTO and the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation, along with contributions from Conway Hardwoods and Lumber, Taylor Hardware, Big Y and the Village Center for the Arts.

Tickets to the play at the Sunny Valley Road school are $5 per person and $20 for families of over four people, with proceeds to support SNIS PTO.

For information, call Ms. Hackel at 860-355-5553.