Aberdeen Community Theatre's Young People's Theatre is busy planning a trip around the world in Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello's Around the World in 8 Plays.
It's a trip that takes place in a simple marketplace square and the only luggage required is your imagination.
Performances are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St., Aberdeen. Because of the Sizzlin' Summer Nights car show on Main Street Saturday, patrons have been given permission to park in the private lot directly behind the Capitol Theatre.
This show is a learning experience for all involved. Eight youths are making their YPT stage debut and Seth Honerman is making his YPT directorial debut. Along with the new faces is the fact that the kids are learning about different cultural folk tales.
Most people, young and old, are familiar with the good old-fashioned American tall tales, but not as many are well-versed in the tales of other countries. Around the World in 8 Plays provides an opportunity to experience eight different stories from across the world.
The stories are narrated by Austin Vetter, Stephanie Plummer, Grace Ross, Spencer Raap, Claire Vetter, Jacob Wild, Rachel Hohenstein and Omar Elkhader, who make up a company of eight traveling players.
In Grandfather's Eyes, a tale from Czecholovakia, we are introduced to Yanechek, played by Gabe Torbert, who helps an old man, played by Jonah Kost, and their two goats, played by Jamaica Briscoe and Thomas O'Keefe. Three maidens are played by Autumn Stolle, Julia Friedrichsen and Andrea Adams.
The Lost Beads, hailing from South Africa, focuses on the youngest sister, played by Fionna Rigg; the old woman she helps, played by Gabbie Brandt; and a sinister character portrayed by Olivia Schuster. An ensemble made up of Alexandria Schwab, Rawley Moore, Seattle Briscoe, Paige Walth and Sydni Rux help complete the story.
The Russian folk tale, Prince Ivan, the Witch and the Little Sister of the Sun, will feature Joey Wagner as Prince Ivan, Bridget Shishnia as the sun's sister and Katie Magera as the witch. The ensemble for this story includes Gabbie Brandt, Dominic Meyers, Jonah Kost, Fionna Rigg, Olivia Schuster and Gabe Torbert.
Japanese lore is explored in My Lord Bag-of-Rice which focuses on Hidesto (Nick Brandt) and the dragon king (Cole Peterson). Isaac Seaton, Paige Haugen and Jacob O'Keefe round out the cast.
In The Story of the Yara, from beautiful Brazil, we meet Alonzo (Seaton), Julia, (Paige Walth) and the Yara (Paige Haugen).
The story from India, Prince Half-a-Son, hosts the largest cast with Jake Walth playing Half-a-Son and an ensemble featuring Joey Wagner, John Schwab, Seattle Briscoe, Max Langbehn, Bridget Shishnia, Jamaica Briscoe, Andrea Adams, Cole Peterson, Nick Brandt, Rawley Moore and Emily Schwab.
In The Little Owl Boy, a Native American legend, we meet John Schwab as boy and Wagner as big owl. Seattle Briscoe, Jacob O'Keefe, Autumn Stolle and Julia Friedrichsen round out the cast.
The final story, The Story-Teller at Fault, features Max Langbehn as the storyteller and Sydni Rux as the beggar woman. Alexandria Schwab, Autumn Stolle, Julia Friedrichsen and Bridget Shishnia complete the ensemble in this Irish yarn.
Tickets are $5 for ACT members, $6 for non-member adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the ACT office, 417 S. Main St., today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the Capitol Theatre box office one hour prior to performances.