Luna Tanzillo designs costumes for fairies.

Cassie Miller learns lines, songs and Russian.

And Debbie Christenson discovers the game Dungeons & Dragons can help her cope with a death.

While most high schoolers spend the summer on vacation or working jobs, these three are among the 50 teens who have been eating, breathing and sleeping theater as part of Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage programs.

The educational programs give students the opportunity to act, stage-manage, design costumes and take on other theater-related roles as they put together two full-length productions.

This year’s shows are Dennis Kelly’s “Matilda the Musical” and Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters.” “Matilda” is based on Roald

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