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Discover Fauquier June 2019
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~ Lynnette Esse
The TORCH Drama
Club at St. John's
School in Warrenton invites you to attend
one of their seven upcoming performances
of the 1960s musical hit, Bye Bye Birdie. The
play, featuring teenagers and rock and roll
in small-town America, is as exciting and
full of life now as it was back
then. With its memorable
hits and hilarious script,
Birdie is sure to delight your
senses!
The TORCH Drama Club
grew from a tiny spark of
an idea that homeschooling
mom Chris Galvin had back
in 2002. "We were always
active at St. John's," Chris
recalls. "I wanted my kids
to have the experience of performing. The
concept of a Christian drama club started
out small and grew wildly."
C h r i s ' d a u g h t e r,
Ceci, grew up in the
group. After earning a
degree in English, Ceci
returned to Warrenton
and naturally slid into
her role as script
writer, director, and
choreographer. She
is a music and honors
literature teacher at St. John's, and Chris,
who now runs the administrative side of
TORCH, is a math teacher there. The
mother/daughter duo makes a great team!
The club, which requires a minimal tuition
but substantial time commitment, meets
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:006:00
p.m. and Sundays from
7:0 0 9:0 0 p.m. The
students are broken into
age groups: Embers
includes kids from 811
years; Sparks has kids
1114 years; and Torch is
for high schoolers 1519
years. Although many
St. John's students are
involved, it isn't required
to be a school or church
member to participate in the club.
When not busy rehearsing for an upcoming
show, TORCH members participate in
three-hour monthly workshops, which
involve improvisation, singing, and dancing.
"The workshops are open to everyone,"
Ceci explains. "We need actors, and this is
a great way for new people to get a sense
of what we do, and for us to get a good
idea of their abilities."
Formal auditions are held prior to each
show. "We already have an idea of the
strengths and weaknesses of each student
and have a sense of where the casting
will land," Chris says, "but everyone
gets a role."
Many TORCH graduates
have gone on to become
professional actors and
singers, filmmakers, and
screenwriters, and former
club members, referred to as
"Torchies," often come back
to see the shows. In addition,
The Magic, a new group for
young adults age 1925
years, recently formed to
help TORCH with tech work.
Seventeen-year-old Aslan Harris has
been involved with TORCH for the past
four years. Invited by her cousin, she
decided to give it a try and never looked
back! "I love singing
and dancing," Aslan
comments. "TORCH
has helped me come
out of my shell, gain
self-confidence, and
build my social skills.
I have learned the
value of teamwork,
made friends, learned
to encourage others, and developed time-
management skills." With an interest in
pursuing a career in cosmetology, Aslan
enjoys helping younger kids backstage with
their hair and makeup during their shows.
"Aslan is the poster child for passing the
torch," Ceci says.
Per formances at St.
John's School auditorium
run from June 2022,
and June 2729 at 7:00
p.m., with a 2:00 p.m.
matinee on Sunday,
J u n e 2 3 . G e n e r a l
admission tickets are
$13 and priority seating
tickets, which include
comfy chairs and dinner,
a r e $ 2 0 . A l t h o u g h
general admission tickets will be available
at the door, it is highly recommended
that you purchase them in advance to
avoid long lines. For ticket information,
contact Torchtickets@gmail.com or
the school office (540) 347-2458. To
learn more, visit the Torch Drama Club
Facebook page, or contact Chris at
cgalvin4030@gmail.com.
TORCH Drama Club
Lights Up Lives
Mr. MacAfee (Michael Nolan)
and Mrs. MacAfee (Aslan Harris)
ponder about KIDS TODAY
TORCH's Mother and Daughter Team -
Chris and Ceci Galvin
The Cast of Bye Bye Birdie getting the day's
instructions from the director
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