Waldo Youth Theatre will present two short plays beginning Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Remaining performances will be Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Waldo, Main Street/Route 220. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The first play is “Once Upon a Shoe,” written by Joseph Robinette. Mother Goose sadly announces to her children that they must leave their home, a large, comfortable shoe, and move to an old sneaker “across the tracks.” The children decide to put on a show to save their shoe; a happy ending is in store. “Shoe” is performed by Midcoast actors age 5 through 14 including Ivy Laakso, Nadia Smith, Amelia Rosko, Emma Tolley, Sam Hunter, Aaron Smeltzer, Cayleigh Hearth, Kayleigh Tolley, Lindsey Reilly, Katherine Tolley, Coleman Swain, Norbert Ferrero, Michael Yates, Cassie Smeltzer, Wyatt Syles, Quincy Cramer, Ellie Spizzuoco, Nathaniel Carson, Edwin Stone, Zeke Reilly and JJ.

The second play is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” written by Werner Trieschmann. Based on several disastrous theatrical experiences, “Bad Play” peels back a tattered curtain to examine the process of putting on a show that is less than good. A stuffy narrator (what bad play is complete without a stuffy narrator?) guides the audience through the whole sorry process, from auditions to hilarious performance. The performers, age 12 through 16, are Sam Inman, Aaron Smeltzer, Christina McClure, Braeden Waddell, Tristan Korpinen, Sofie Sawyer-Johnson, Cayleigh Hearth, Ellie Spizzuoco, Jeannie Trueman, Nadia Smith, Chloe Isis-Bahoosh, Luke Levesque and Alex Ray-Weber.

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