It has been a little more than five years since a Colorado couple tricked the world into believing their small child was trapped in a silver weather balloon floating out of control over the Rocky Mountain sky.
Tonight, "Balloon Boy: The Musical" opens at a Colorado high school.
The play, based on the Oct. 15, 2009, stunt in Fort Collins when Richard and Mayumi Heene claimed their 6-year-old son, Falcon, was inside a large gas balloon floating away, will open this weekend at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo.
"It's new. It's contemporary. It's fresh," said Gwendolyn Lukas-Doctor, the drama department director at Monarch.
Recce, who began working on the show when he was 11, told Fox 31 Denver that the musical is a comedy that is neither for nor against the Heenes, but a commentary on a celebrity-obsessed society.
Through song, dance and, yes, even a balloon prop the same size as the notorious original, the student-written play will revolve around the hoax and the events that followed. The show has a cast of 40, with 30 working on technical aspects.
"I don't want to play him as a villain," Abell said. "In a way, I feel bad for him. He was obsessed with being a celebrity because of the society we now live in."
While based on the Balloon Boy events, the show does incorporate fictional plot points, including a happy ending, Abell said. In reality, Richard Heene spent 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant. Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities. She did not serve jail time.
Attempts to reach Richard Heene for comment were unsuccessful.