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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | November 19, 2012

Some of the most talented youngsters in Cheektowaga will be performing their annual holiday musical 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo.

The show “Chris-Myth Busters: Discovering the Truth about Christmas,” will be performed by Mary Queen of Angels students, and is free and open to the public. The entire school, grades kindergarten thru eighth, participates in the play. The students have been practicing since early November, and said they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I just love acting and singing and all of the theatrical aspects of it. It’s a little stressful but it’s fun,” said Eighth grader Deanna Garwol.

“I love acting and getting a solo, and shining on stage. I sometimes get nervous but other times, I’m good,” said Eighth grader Tran Hoang.

“Chris-Myth Busters” is about a group of kids who help an elderly lady decorate her house. One of the children named Michael knows a lot of facts, (maybe too many) about Christmas, that nobody else knows. He bursts the other children’s bubble by telling them whether what they believe in, is true or not. After learning the facts, everyone realizes that their beliefs are wrong, and they get very upset. The elderly lady then reassures the children that the true meaning of Christmas is not based on facts, but what is in our hearts.

The school had tryouts for leading roles and five students made the cut. Michael Riley landed the part of Michael, the know it all adopted brother, Deanna Garwol plays Mrs. Edwards, the elderly lady, Tran Hoang plays Abby, Marissa Frank-Sasiadek plays Milly, and Connor Fusilier plays Ethan, Michael’s brother.

Steve Hunter, music teacher at Mary Queen of Angels for seven years, is the director of the musical; fifth grade teacher Rebeccah Krolczyk also assists and said these kids are really one of a kind.

“You have to give them a lot of credit because the ones who thought they couldn’t do it are so talented. I’m just blown away and I’m so proud of them,” said Krolczyk.

Being in the musical really helped the kids come out of their shell. They have to spend time together memorizing lines, and learning how to manipulate words and sentences to sound believable to the audience.

“I think it’s a great way to express yourself, whether you’re in the mood to shine or you just want to be an underdog,” said Frank-Sasiadek.

Prior to the musical, the school’s band will be performing. The students said they are extremely excited to act in front of their friends and family, and they hope everyone in the community attends.

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