DANVILLE — The Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre Youth Program will present "The Return Of Halley's Comet" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Danville Area Community College's Bremer Theater.
The play by Andrea Green is directed by Charlie Hester, along with assistant director Drake Taylor and music director Chris Huffman. Marilyn Unzicker and Brittany Powell are co-producing.
The youth theater program features youngsters ages 8 to 15. The play they are doing revolves around the town of Centuryville and its hard-nosed mayor, who is running the town into the ground.
"As the citizens begin to express their frustrations, Halley's Comet arrives and brings two aliens," reads a release from the theater company. "As the town deals with these mysterious creatures from afar, they find that listening to each other is more important than listening to only one point of view."
In the past nine weeks, the cast and crew have not only rehearsed the show, but also practiced friendship skills; learned how to participate in community activities like voting; and spent time with Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
The youths also worked closely with the Youth Anti-Violence Initiative, led by the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center.
Green, a writer, composer and music therapist, will travel from Philadelphia to Danville to see the show. This is the second year she will attend DLO youth performances.
A "meet and greet" with Green is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Village Mall in the corridor near Deb Clothing. People are invited to talk with her as well as with the cast and crew. Green also will sing and play some of her original songs.
DLO also asks all audience members to bring a toiletry or non-perishable item to the play to donate to the women's shelter.
"Together, we can all make a difference — in ourselves, in each other and in our community," Hester said. "Last year, we were able to collect a van full of items; this year, we are hoping to double that amount."