Staged combat and torch throwing are nightly tasks for young Frankfort actors this summer.
Daniel Nation, a student at Northern Kentucky University, and Jason Tate, a Frankfort High School senior, work among professional actors in the historical drama "Daniel Boone, the Man and the Legend" in Harrodsburg.
Tate said many area residents visit the production each year because the cast and script change.
"But they don't realize that local people are in (the production)," he said.
Cathy Gilvin, Fort Harrod Drama Productions general manager, said actors come from faraway cities such as Los Angeles and New York and from closer locales in Wisconsin and North Carolina to act in the summer drama.
"But we also have company members from central Kentucky, even one from Harrodsburg," Gilvin said.
Locals also work behind the scenes.
Robby Jacobs, another Frankfort resident, works as the show's pyrotechnician. He is a 10-year veteran of the production.
Jacobs first considered acting for Fort Harrod Drama, but the company desperately needed a pyrotechnician, he said.
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