Roanoke’s YOYO Players have landed in a new space.
The theater company for children will perform its first play in a year in the June M. McBroom Theater at the Community High School of Arts & Academics in downtown Roanoke.
Though the theater hasn’t been designated as a permanent home for the YOYO Players, the company’s director is delighted nonetheless. “I couldn’t think of anything better to happen to us,” said Lisa Turpin-Gabourel, who has been a part of the YOYO players since 2001 and has written many of its plays.
“They are a great group doing important work in the community, and we are proud to be able to help out,” wrote school co-director Josh Chapman in an email.
Starting July 20, a cast of 20 children ranging from ages 6 to 19 will perform “Hey, Rip! What’s Been Happening?” The musical is Turpin-Gabourel’s humorous modern update of the story of Rip Van Winkle, last performed in 2007 at the Dumas Center for Artistic & Cultural Development.