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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -  A large group of students from Madison will travel to Kentucky in three weeks to act out a comical play, entitled "The Perfect Ending", in what their teacher calls the Super Bowl of high school theatre.

It's a chance for these 85 Alabama students to set a record, while honing skills they'll use for the rest of their lives.

"All of your lights were burning and I detected the scent of what could only be termed meatloaf!"

That's one of the lines of a comical glimpse into the end of the world as a high school drama teacher in Madison imagines it.

Dwayne Craft's play, "The Perfect Ending," comes to life through his students at Bob Jones High School who tweaked his ideas into an award winning play.

"It's a big deal," said Craft, the drama teacher at Bob Jones High School.

"We all help with the script development," said Hannah Diament, a BJHS senior and drama student.

In a month and a half, the students learned the script and put it on stage, earning top honors at their district and state competitions last fall.

Now they'll represent the state of Alabama at the Southeastern Theater Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, competing with 16 other schools for top honors.

It's the group's fifth visit to this conference.

"Out of the first four times, we've won twice and we've runnered-up twice, " said Craft.

If the students win this time, they would be the only school in the southeast to do so three times.

The students will also compete individually for awards which could lead to college scholarships.

Craft says he hopes his class gives these students skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

"Communication skills, confidence, problem-solving skills, creative thinking skills," said Craft.

"I think it will apply to everything in life, job interviews, just anything that involves personal communication," said Zach Koenig, a BJHS senior and drama student.

It's using the dramatic stage to give these students an advantage on the world stage.

The group is trying to raise $30,000 for the trip.  They plan to leave March 6th.

And you have a chance to see "The Perfect Ending" Friday night, February 22nd.

They'll present their award-winning play at Bob Jones High School's Zompa Auditorium.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students.  The performance will be at 7:00 p.m.