Theater show involves time travel

Farm Forum

Storybook Land Theatre said its production of “Bay and the Spectacles of Doom” is sure to be a home run on the Castle stage this week.

“Bay and the Spectacles of Doom,” by Julia Cho, with music by Florence Yoo, follows the nerdy, cello-playing Bay, whose ambition of being a professional baseball player seems doomed. No one at school likes him, his mom wants him to follow in the footsteps of Yo-Yo Ma, and his only friend is a rabbit. When a very odd man from the future accidentally gives Bay the opportunity to travel back in time, will he finally be able to be cool?

The production features Austin Vetter as Bay and Nick Brandt, Emily Davis, Liz Lewno, Chase Roesch, Brian T. Schultz, Isabella Seaton and Paige Walth as multiple characters each throughout the show.

For Vetter, being in SBLT has been a longstanding ambition. Vetter, 17, will be a senior this fall at Aberdeen Central. Although this is his first year with the troupe, he has been involved in theater since the fifth grade, when he appeared in the Young People’s Theatre production of “Captain Noah.”

“It’s been fun to get paid to act, dance, sing and build things,” Vetter said in a news release.

“Bay and the Spectacles of Doom” tackles the issue of participating in seemingly conflicting hobbies — such as sports and music — and being able to find acceptance from both peer groups. Although Bay struggles to choose between the two, Vetter believes that people can have the best of both worlds.

“I’ve seen people able to do both sports and music,” he said. “It’s stressful, I think, but it can be done.”

Although in the show Bay is able to go back in time to change his life, Vetter would go back in time to witness a monumental concert.

“If I could go back in time,” Vetter said, “I’d go see the Beatles performing on top of Apple Studios.”

SBLT is sponsored by Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and Aberdeen Community Theatre’s Young People’s Theatre with funding from the South Dakota Arts Council and the Aberdeen Area Arts Council.