LIMA — Not your well-known fairytale, the McDonald’s Youth Theatre production “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island,” brings a lot of common sense to a children’s story.
“This story is a lot of fun. Ultimately, it talks about the importance of family and friends, and being comfortable with who you are and where you are,” said Karen Finn, director of the production.
Written by Joshua Mikel, this play premiered at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. It tells the story of a young girl, Rosa, being shipped to Good Good Island, but landing instead on Bad Bad Island. Once there, the islanders try to decide how to deal with her, debating whether to throw her into a volcano or into the sea. Instead, their ruler, The Idol, comes up with a series of challenges for the little girl to endure.
She is given seemingly impossible tasks, like making a walrus laugh, or winning a dance competition with a spider/skunk animal, or out-eating another island inhabitant. Surprisingly, the little girl takes the challenges put before her and begins doing the impossible.
“In the end, she decides to be happy wherever she is, which is a good lesson,” Finn said.
The cast for this short show includes youth as young as 6 years old through high school seniors. “We have a mix of ages, as well as stage experience. It’s been fun,” Finn said.
In an age of computer screens and video games, Finn is grateful for the young people participating in this stage production. “The stage offers a real interaction with real people, not just something on a computer screen. This is something you can’t get in any other way. Not to say these kids don’t enjoy working on their computers, but they like this stage work too,” Finn said.