Need a perfect break from the summer heat wave? Plan on taking in a performance of the Whitewater Unified School District’s Summer School Playhouse production of “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” on July 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. and July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Whitewater High School auditorium. To order reserved seat tickets at $8 for adults and $5 for students, phone the WHS box office at 262-472-8178. Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” is adapted for the stage in this modern tale of a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. Aided by a trusty time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom, finding that everything we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone, and that there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover. A magnificent group of more than 60 students ranging in age from 6th graders to WHS Class of 2019 graduates put their acting and technical skills to the test under the direction of Jim McCulloch and Musical Director Liz Elliott. Assisting McCulloch and Elliott are Nathan Broege (Assistant Director), Lynn Lema (Choreography), Kat Dunham (Technical Director), Tony Hansen (Sound Engineer) and Kim Clarksen (Costume Design). Taking to the stage are Gio Anello, Cha Cha Binagi, Ghati Binagi, Amelia Brokopp, Belkys Comacho-Rivera, Keith Cameron, Caleb Clapper, Emma Clarksen, Olive Coburn, Grace Coleman, Lucy Davis, Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Adalyn Frye, Danny Fuller, Henry Gehrenbeck, Charlotte Hajewski, Jillian Harkness, Nina Heim, Maggie Jay, Kaia Jones, Josh Kirley, Tai Lin, Ilana Lothes, Alex Martin, Audrey Mayer, Ben McCulloch, Myles Morse, Betzy Palomec, Madisyn Pope, Chris Porcaro, Chloe Prince, Aldo Rodriguez, Cole Schlicher, Nicole Sedmak, Rebecca Sortino, Skylar Staebler, Madison Strickler, Alexandra Sullivan, Evie Troxel, Lucy Troxel, Sami Van Daele, Willow Vogelzang, Anderson Waelchli, Carter Waelchli, Marco Wence, Cosette Wildermuth, Ella Willman, Xavier Zei and Morgan Zingsheim. Students serving on the technical side of the production as Stage Managers are Hailey Long and Sophia Walton (Stage Manager) and as Assistant Technical Directors Josie Hintz and Emma Van Daele, along with Payton Bunger, Emerson Dunham, Weston Lema, Ian Long, Kara Long, Abi Olson, Jarvis Porcaro, Aldo Rodriguez and Kelsey Zingheim. Photos and article courtesy of Tom Ganser.