'Enchanted Bookshop' features special characters

Brianna Kirkham/Commercial-NewsBook characters Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood (right), played by William Sandusky and Adrian Rivera, watch as Hopalong Cassidy (left), Alex Wells, lassos two robbers.

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DANVILLE — Classic storybook characters will come to life in the Red Mask Players children's production of “The Enchanted Bookshop.”

Every night, the characters from inside the books at A Likely Story bookshop manifest into living beings.

First-time director Ruey Sandusky said the audience will be familiar with these popular characters, though, though they have more depth to them than from their original stories.

“What’s surprising is how they interact with each other,” Sandusky said.

Some of the characters include Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland.”

They try to help the store owner save her bookshop, which is struggling to stay open. However, they cannot be seen by human eyes or else they’ll disappear forever.

Sandusky said she feels a special connection to the story because she’s an Oakwood librarian herself.

“I think a lot of kids aren’t reading as much now,” she said. “I love this play because it inspires people to read more.”

She also noted the show’s humor will appeal to all ages.

The cast include Olivia Cronkhite, Izzy Courson, Luci Morris, Michael Antunes, Adrian Rivera, William Sandusky, Bailee Easton, Mikayla Whaling, Abby Hogg, Amber Wilburn, Amber-Christine Reed, Marlee Harper, Cora Helferich, Xander Loveless, Trevor McCall, Elias Harper, Isaiah Easton, Doyle Carter, Tina Chen, Connor Courson, Asiah Brown and Alex Wells.

Red Mask's children's shows are open to Vermilion County students in grades 3-8.

If you go

Performances of "The Enchanted Bookshop" are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. at Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St. Tickets are $6.