Community Players’ Acting Up students will go on a seaside adventure in the upcoming production of “Mayla the Monkey Girl.”
This family-friendly comedy opens Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.
Abandoned by her mother on a mysterious island where she is forced to bake pies, Mayla will take any chance she gets to escape. That chance comes in the form of a rickety old boat, but instead of finding freedom, Mayla and a fellow runaway embark on a perilous journey. From terrifying mermaids and bloodthirsty pirates, to an island of wild monkeys, Mayla faces an assortment of dangerous characters along her journey to find her true home.
“In reading this script, images of old adventure serials immediately sprang to mind,” Tyler Rinne, Community Players’ Associate Artistic Director, said. “So we’re taking that concept and running with it, in all of its exciting, corny and cliffhanger-y glory!”
Playing the titular character, Mayla, is Raquel Moore, with Tagg DeBoer as Duncan, the cabin boy. Callen Behrends appears as Ba, a boy raised by monkeys, while Connor Hamilton portrays the ferocious Captain Newblood with Nolan Marlatt as his prisoner and guide, Ned. Playing Mayla’s mother is Arihanna Marlatt, while Makenna Blum takes on the role of the vile headmistress, Tanta Rose.
Other cast members include Emily Allen, Treyton Baehr, Bryson Bates, Joseph Bates, Addisyn Baxa, Jaedyn Baxa, Evan Coon, Sawyer Crumrine, Maddox DeBoer, Ethan Dreesen, Karlie Elliott, Taionna Farley-Martin, Luke Hamilton, Olivia Hatzenbuehler, Emmy Hoefer, Ashton Hofeling-Hyberger, Myah Hood, Connor Hroch, Grace Ideus, Caryss Jurgens, Halle Leonard, Avery Martin, Wyatt McGinty, Alayna McGinty, Tu'Mariun Pearson, Jasmine Petet, Sofie Poole, Jalen Reiman, Ian Scheele, Reese Seibert, Noah Smith, Booker Theye, Jude Tomlinson, Alex Venneman, Devin Viveros, Samuel Wallman and Parker Witulski. The production is directed by Rinne.
“I’ve been delighted recently in seeing how many people are coming out in support of this program,” Rinne said. “They see how much talent these performers have and how much work and care we put into each production.”
Acting Up began in 2011 as part of the theater’s focus on educational outreach. The program is targeted at students in fifth through eighth grade, to teach young people about all the different aspects of putting together a show. The experience culminates in performing a family-friendly production at the end of each semester.
Ticket prices for “Mayla the Monkey Girl” are $15 for adults and $8 for students. The box office, located at 412 Ella St. in Beatrice, is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Reservations can also be made by calling 402-228-1801 or online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com.