St. John's Lutheran School students are seeking justice as they bring a classic villain to court in their production of "The Trial of the Big, Bad Wolf."

Forty-seven students, ranging from kindergarten to grade 8, will perform the play at the Sheldon Theater at 1 and 7 p.m., Friday, May 24.

Audience members will recognize some of the characters - three pigs, the wolf, Red Riding Hood and the Boy Who Cried Wolf - and will meet new members of the story like weasels and a judge.

According to Pam Klatt, the school's administration assistant, the characters portray stereotypes of the 1950s. The Wolf, for example, is a greaser.

Before both performances of the play there will be a warm-up act. At 1 p.m. the St. John's Band will perform. The Little Blessings Preschool will do a mini show prior to the 7 p.m. play. In addition, there will be a St. John's "look-back" starting at 6.

Between plays the Sheldon will host a reception that highlights St. John's and its 30 years of plays and performances.

St. John's has performed at the Sheldon Theatre every year since 1989, shortly after the theater was refurbished and re-opened. Performances have ranged from "Vaudeville Tonight-Red Wing Style," to "The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hits," a play about David and Goliath.

Tickets are free. A offering will be collected at the door.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the school office at 651-388-2611.