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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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Celebrate the holiday season with the peanuts gang as they get together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC), Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Performing classic songs like "Christmas Time is Here" and a version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the LDTC Youth Theatre cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" are very excited to show off their work at the Lake Dillon Theatre.

"This play is a direct adaptation of the Classic Television Special," said Tim O'Donnell, director of education at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, in a statement. "The story tells of Charlie Brown and his search for a true meaning of Christmas. It brings together all the classic Peanuts characters in the 50th anniversary of their Christmas special."

A CHANCE TO SHINE

Established in 1993, The LDTC Youth Theatre Workshop is a youth educational program designed to offer local students the opportunity to experience the theater and performance process. This fall, 17 children enrolled in the LDTC Youth Theatre Workshop Program, providing an opportunity to double cast the play.

"The talent level in this group of kids is very high," said O'Donnell. "When I cast the show, I just couldn't let all that talent go to waste by just doing ensemble roles. I really wanted to give each child a real moment to shine in this play."

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The children have been attending classes on Tuesday nights after school for 12 weeks and are very excited to play the famous characters they have seen many times on television.

"Linus is my favorite character in the movie, and it's really fun to play him," said Sean O'Brien, in a statement. "I have also added my own twist to the character giving him a bit more sass like Lucy."

Actor Mikaela Clark returns for her third Youth Theatre Workshop program.

"Playing Lucy is really fun because she is very different from all the other characters, and she is actually a very evil and emotional character," she said.

The children are very committed to their roles in the production, spending many hours rehearsing with friends and family. O'Brien and Clark have been practicing their lines together on the school bus and actor Sophie Lytle, who also plays Lucy, has received lots of help from her family at home to get ready for the big day.

"I learned most of my lines with my dad at home," she said. "He reads everybody else's lines, and I read mine to practice."

A CLASSIC STORY IN A CLASSIC VENUE

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is celebrating its final year of producing professional and youth theater in Dillon after 21 years. In 2016, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company will be moving to Silverthorne, making this the last opportunity for the children to perform in this space.

"The excitement of getting to perform it in the theater adds a level of professionalism that these children are really learning to respect," said O'Donnell. "Theater can be performed anywhere and the children know that better than anyone. But sometimes it's fun to do it with a real sound and lightning system. It can really show the children what a professional theater experience can be like."

For the young actor Sean O'Brien the Lake Dillon Theatre holds a special place in his heart.

"This is the third time I have performed in this theater and I really like it; it's where I belong," he said.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required. If you would like any more information, please call Tim O'Donnell at (970) 513-1151 Ext 106.

IF YOU GO

What: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

When: Saturday, Dec. 12

Where: Lake Dillon Theatre

Cost: Free, no tickets or reservations are required

More information available at http://www.lakedillontheatre.org/charliebrown