Every hero needs a villain, even in middle school. The Troy Howard Middle School will offer both when its drama club presents “Girl Power,” a new musical, in February and March.

“Girl Power” was written by THMS English teacher/drama director Jason Bannister and music teacher Justin Bari. It tells the story of teenagers with super powers, trying to find themselves through school dances, adolescent love and the occasional superhero battle.

Bannister, who created the story and wrote the script, admitted, “Writing a musical about teenagers with super powers is bound to spark interest in the students. With the popularity of Spider Man, Twilight, and Harry Potter, giving the kids a chance to perform a musical about characters with super powers is great hook to expose children to the power and excitement of theater.”

Bari, the musical composer and lyricist, added, “The music offers a wide range of styles, from Broadway to modern rock. When you really stop and think about it, our students are going to have a special ownership in the process. They’ll be the first ones to learn the music and perform it. For that reason it’s going to be more meaningful to them.”

The cast and crew total more than 40 students, from grades 6 through 8. There were so many talented performers who auditioned that there are two sets of leads, alternating between the six performances. A large backdrop and side panels display teacher/student-created graffiti.

“Girl Power” will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, Feb.26 and 27 and March 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. There will be two matinees Feb. 27 and March 6, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be reserved by calling 338-3320. You can receive $1 off if you bring in a canned good to help Haiti. Original cast recordings and DVDs of the performances will be available, along with original student-designed shirts, sweatshirts and “Girl Powerbars.”