Got a theater-loving child who'd love to get involved locally? Take him to the theater! Catch a performance of "Showmance," presented by The Theater Bug and Studio Tenn this weekend. The upshot? "The Bug" — as it's nicknamed — offers remarkable and original opportunities for kids.

The Theater Bug partners with Studio Tenn this month to present a cast of 45 actors ages 6 - 17 in Showmance (March 11 - 13), a new musical written by Theater Bug Founder Cori Anne Laemmel and composer Eric Fritsch. Theater Bug first produced the show in 2013; Studio Tenn’s Jamison Hall theater is providing space for the remounting. “We are thrilled to be taking our partnership to the next level and work together with The Theater Bug to bring their incredibly talented and hardworking young performers to our main stage,” says Jake Speck, Studio Tenn’s managing director.  Showmance is about kids with all different kinds of backgrounds and interests finding community in the theater. “Theater is such a melting pot,” Laemmel says. “It has a way of bringing all kinds of people together and creating mutual empathy, understanding and admiration,” she adds. The Theater Bug has partnered with Studio Tenn before; Theater Bug kids portrayed Munchkins in Studio Tenn’s 2015 critically acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz, and some young actors from “the Bug” were seen in Studio Tenn’s productions of It’s a Wonderful Life and Gypsy.  Showmance is for audiences of all ages and runs Fri, March 11 at 7 p.m.; Sat, March 12 at 2 & 7 p.m.; and Sun, March 13 at 2 p.m. in Jamison Hall located at The Factory (230 Franklin Road, Franklin). Tickets range from $5 - $15 and can be purchased at studiotenn.com or by calling the box office at 615-541-8200.