BRITT | Students in this year's fall play at West Hancock High School portray a number of different talking critters, including spiders, flamingos and deer.

"Born To Be Wild" is a comedy that explains why animals behave the way they do.

"It's like 'The Secret Life of Pets,'" said director Sharayah Vorland, English and theater education teacher at West Hancock. 

The play, to be presented Nov. 4-5 at the high school gym, features 10 scenes where animals talk to each other. 

One scene is a conversation between a spider and a fly before the spider eats the fly.

Another skit features a male praying mantis and a female praying mantis before the female tears off the male's head. 

A third scene explains why deer run into the path of motorists.

All the cast members have multiple roles in the play.

Freshman Blake Baker and juniors Dalton Subject and Bryce Baker said their favorite scene by far is where they all portray members of a family of deer.

The two older brothers explain to their younger brother that running out into the road when cars pass by is an initiation into adulthood.

"Do you wanna be a fawn or do you wanna be a buck?" they tell him. 

Bryce Baker said he likes the scene because "We get to act like redneck people talking to our little brother."

"You get to talk like this the whole entire time," he said, using the accent he speaks with during the scene. 

Subject said some of the scenes, such as the one with the deer, reflect how humans interact with each other.

Tickets for "Born to Be Wild" will be available at the door. Tickets for adults are $5 while students pay $3.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, with the performance starting at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 for the 2 p.m. performance.