A local theater group, Young Frog Productions, will put on The Mikado this weekend at the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St. The cast is made up of 18 local talents and directed Charity Ford, of Rosewood.
The Mikado was written by Gilbert and Sullivan in the late 1800s. The musical is set in mythical Japan, ruled by an emperor known as “the Mikado.” Ford says the show guarantees silliness, fun and romance.
Listen to Ford discuss the show behind the scenes
Christine Edwards, of West Liberty, plays Yum-Yum, who is engaged to a man she doesn’t love. Edwards attends Cedarville University. She says her character is involved in one of the main conflicts of the story.
Listen to Edwards talk about her character
Abby Umstead, of Urbana, plays Peep-Bo, the ditzy sister of Yum-Yum. Umstead is a student at Urbana High School. She says she feels she can relate to her character.
Listen to Umstead discuss how she relates to Peep-Bo
Ko-Ko is played by Sawyer Shafer, of West Liberty. Shafer attends West Liberty-Salem High School and says his character is unique to the cast.
Listen to Shafer talk about how he prepared to play Ko-Ko
Along with directing The Mikado, Ford also plays the character, Katisha. Katisha stirs up most of the controversy in the story.
"My character pretty much shows up when everything looks like it's going to be all sunshine and roses into the sunsest for Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, and then I show up demanding that he marry me," Ford said.
This show is the third show put on by Young Frog Productions, which was founded in April 2010. Ford, who is a co-founder of Young Frog Productions, along with Paul Organ, says the purpose of the theatre group is to mentor and showcase local talents.
“We said that there should really be some sort of theater program here for them, to more or less show off their God-given talents,” Ford said.
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Watch a scene of The Mikado from Thursday's rehearsal
Show times include Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday’s matinee at 4 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 for all ages. They will go on sale a half an hour before each show time. You can also purchase them ahead of time at www.youngfrog.com.
You can see a trailer of the musical at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmV-UrGg2os.