Children’s play features opportunities for audience participation  

HUNTERSVILLE – Four young actors from Huntersville will perform in Activate Community Through Theatre’s upcoming production of “Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 

Rosie is the story of a reindeer who, like her older brother, has a shiny red-nose that helps Santa guide his sleigh in this heart-warming holiday classic that invites children in the audience to help the elves make toys, participate in reindeer games and even join Rosie as she saves the day. 

“Doing this play always puts me in the Christmas spirit, especially when I see the kids in the audience smiling as they watch our play,” said actress Isabella Frommelt, 15.

Parents are welcomed to take photos as their children get into the ACT onstage. 

The company of 15 youth, ages 7 to 16, will also lead pre-show activities for audiences who arrive 30 minutes before the show. Activities include learning how to do the reindeer stomp and pinning the tail on Rosie.  

Wrenn Goodrum, artistic director of ACT, discovered a need for simple productions that invited audience members, ages 3 to 12, to help tell the story in her former theater, All Children’s Theatre in Rhode Island.  

“I wanted children to feel a part of the production … to participate, not just watch as an outsider,” she said. “It is so much fun to watch children in the audience leap at the chance to join the actors onstage.”

Other actors from Huntersville include Rachel Hull and Blake and Drew Dibenedictis.

“I love to act because it lets me create a whole new world for my audience, and I love how the kids really believe in our story and want to participate in our play,” said Hull, 13. “It means a lot to all of us in the cast because it means we’ve accomplished our goal.”

Performances for “Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer” take place at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the Woodlawn School, 193 Presbyterian Road, Mooresville. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.

For reservations, call  704-707-6757 or www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com