BRYN ATHYN, MONTGOMERY CO, PA (8 November 2016)—For kids raised on the magic of CGI and characters who overcome scientific reality—like gravity—on a regular basis, live theater productions still have the power to awe, delight and inspire. And for heartwarming holiday entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas performed live on stage by a cast of young people could be your family’s most remembered leisure activity this season.
This December, students at the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools (ANCSS) are bringing the characters and message of the beloved 1965 animated television special to “live action” in four colorful performances December 1-3 at Mitchell Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Bryn Athyn. At roughly 60 minutes and no intermission, the show, with its always timely message of perseverance and hope, is perfect for all ages and attention spans.
In addition, ANCSS is experimenting with something different this year: Each of the six main characters is played by two actors who split the role from scene to scene, instead of the more common practice of playing the role for an entire performance.
“At ANCSS, our philosophy is that ‘It’s Everyone’s Play, So Everyone Plays,’” says Baird Kistner, director. “So when we had a bumper crop of students audition this year, we decided to embrace the enthusiasm and commitment. We cast everyone, double-casting the larger roles.”