CYAC productions feature mostly youth with a sprinkling of adults. "I would prefer to have as many young people as possible. I try to lean towards that, but some roles are just not appropriate."
Bill Rainey, a seasoned local performer, handled the role of Abe for "Lincoln."
"I did it myself back in '09, but he's so much better than me. It's so good to hear a real good voice in that part," said Kehde.
Kehde is constantly rebuilding his troupe of young actors. "My kids kind of migrate out. We have some years that are pretty full and other years we have to go back to scratch, starting over again."
CYAC has been around so long that some children -- and grandchildren -- of former actors have begun to cycle through the productions. "It's pretty neat. A little weird."
And as ever, Kehde has his sights on new productions.
"I have a cool one I want to do in August. I've written part of the scenario for it. The premise is "Joseph, Mother of Jesus."
Kehde laughed. "Which probably should be -- but won't -- be subtitled 'God's Revenge for Black Friday.' It's time to do something a little iconoclastic again. The premise is simple: we didn't get it the first time around; for some reason the Virgin Birth is not miraculous enough, so a small Jewish boy from Long Island wakes up pregnant one day . . . ."
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