Yorkshire Playhouse Children's Theatre Presents "John Dough and the Cherub"

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The 2016 Yorkshire Playhouse Children's Theatre presents "John Dough and the Cherub," written by John I Baker III and based on the book by L. Frank Baum, June 23-26.

John Dough and the Cherub is an adventure filled with childlike wonder.  A story of how one simple misunderstanding can lead to an adventure of epic proportions.

60 children from York and the surrounding area are participating in this year's Children's Theatre. 

60 children from York and the surrounding area are participating in this year's Children's Theatre. 

Jules and Leontine Grogrande (played by William Wilton and Bridget Yamber) run a bakery when one day one of their regular customers, Ali Dubh the Arab (played by Daniel Freitas), has a strange request.  Three of Ali’s countrymen are chasing him and trying to retrieve the vial he is holding.  Ali asks the bakers to hold onto the vial which holds the Great Elixir.  A drop of the Great Elixir can grant increased health, strength, and longevity. Leontine is reluctant to take charge of the vial until Ali also gives her a vial to cure her rheumatism.

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The 2016 Yorkshire Playhouse Children Theatre rehearses for  "John Dough and the Cherub." 

The 2016 Yorkshire Playhouse Children Theatre rehearses for  "John Dough and the Cherub." 

The problem occurs when Loentine, who is color blind, pours one of the vials into a bowl of water and bathes her sore limbs in it.  She has, of course, accidentally switched the vials.  This leads to a series of events wherein Jules makes a giant gingerbread man in the shape of a 14 year old boy and the appearance of a French Gentleman with the water.  

Due to the effects of the water, the gingerbread man comes to life. The gingerbread man, who names himself John Dough (played by Ethan Milleson), accidentally scares Jules away. John Dough sets out to see the world equipped with Jules top hat and a candy-cane cane.  Ali is livid when he hears what has occurred, until he realizes all he has to do is eat John Dough to get the effects of the water.  

This leads to an exciting search and an adventure, in which John Dough meets Chick the Cherub (played by Ella Wilkins) “the first and only incubator baby.” The two impart on an epic journey that you will have to see to believe.

John Dough and The Cherub opens June 23rd and runs until the 26th. Tickets are available here or call or stop by the Box Office June 20th-25th from 5-7pm.