Storybook Land Theatre will present “Cucumber Phil” at 10 a.m. Tuesday (July 2) and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m., with an additional special performance at 5 p.m. Thursday as part of Wylie Park's annual July Fourth celebration. All performances are free and open to the public.
“Cucumber Phil,” written by Ed Monk, tells the story of the folks down in Cucumber Valley, where everyone grows cucumbers and nothing else. They're about to get a shock when Artichoke Annie, played by Emily Davis, moves in right next to Cucumber Phil (Nick Brandt) and decides to follow her dream of being an artichoke farmer. Will the valley be able to accept Annie's differences and live in peace? Or will their various attempts at chasing Annie out of the valley prevail?
The show also features Isabella Seaton as Cowboy Bob, Liz Lewno as Sidekick Ray, Paige Walth as Missoula Slim, Isaac Seaton as Biscuit Bill, Chase Roesch as Ten-toed Willy, Austin Vetter as Goofy Lester and Brian T. Schultz as Buster the Evil Pig and Escargot.
“The Fourth of July performances are always fun,” Isabella Seaton, 20, said in a news release.
This season is her fourth with the SBLT troupe. She will be a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in the fall. “A lot of people bring their families who are visiting Aberdeen for the holiday to the performance, so it's a festive crowd. I think it's special that Aberdeen is able to provide a wide range of activities for the Fourth out at Wylie Park.”
This show is particularly special because Isabella’s brother, Isaac, 14, is appearing onstage alongside the season cast members. Isaac is a veteran of the SBLT children's camps, and it’s his second time guest starring during the regular season. His premiere was in 2010.
“The cast is really great," he said. I've known a lot of them for years, so it's always fun to be onstage with them. I hope to be part of the cast someday, so this is good practice for when I'm old enough.”
The Seaton siblings' father, Jim Seaton, will join the cast on the fiddle for a country hoedown before the show.
“It's sure to be a rip-roaring good time for the whole family,” said Schultz, director. “We're excited to be bringing this type of down-home fun to the Storybook Land Castle stage. We hope to set a July Fourth record for attendance.”
For more, including weekly videos, visit the troupe's Facebook page or go to AberdeenCommunityTheatre.com and click on Storybook Land Theatre.