Story by Katie Bisaro
The classic Charles Schultz Christmas tale of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the gang will come to life at the Warwick Reformed Church, located at 16 Maple Ave. in the Village of Warwick on Fri., Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3.
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees were treated to a scene from the beloved story before the start of their regular board meeting on Mon., Nov. 21. Season Ciriello, 11, as Lucy and Kyle Weslowski, 16, as Charlie Brown, presented the “Psychiatric Booth” scene where Lucy outlines the variety of “phobias” that Charlie Brown may have, culminating in “panophobia,” the fear of everything.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is being directed by Margaret Tench, with a cast of 13 middle school and high school students, ages 11 to 16. The theatre group is part of the Warwick Reformed Church. It was established in 2012 with a production of “Godspell.” The group has doubled in size since it first began.
There is no admission to see the shows. However, the theatre company does accept free will offerings. According to Tench, during the course of the rehearsal process, the kids decide how they will give the money back to the community. Last summer they gave over $2,000 to such organizations as Back Pack Snack Attack and the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
“They are learning, very young, to have the heart of the servant and to give back to the community,” said Tench.
Come and enjoy the performance on Fri., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and on Sat., Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.wrctheatrecompany.org.