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Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre to present ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson  Jeremy Medina plays “Sarge,” the lead dwarf, in Curtains Up Pagosa’s holiday production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson 
Jeremy Medina plays “Sarge,” the lead dwarf, in Curtains Up Pagosa’s holiday production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

The Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre class at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts has been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for their Christmas production of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

The Whatchamawhozits are kids 6 to 12 years old who are passionate about studying theatre. They have been working after school every Friday since September playing theatre games, building characters and learning parts for this Christmas show.

Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, 8-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can’t find his writer’s voice by morning. Even though they don’t know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore.

Mark your calendars to come support these young thespians as they present a beloved Christmas story for the whole community to enjoy.

The performances take place at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts in the Breaks Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased at the door the day of the performance.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.