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2023 Torch Merry Wives cast photo

Our Story

What is the TORCH Drama Club?

Every church should have a drama ministry, especially for the young people in the community. TORCH is a ministry geared towards introducing youth in the area to experience the excitement of theatre. TORCH not only instills a passion for performance starting at an early age, but also encourages a ministry of carrying that torch out into the community, especially to those coming up behind us. 

 

All TORCH performances have benefited worthy causes such as the Pregnancy Crisis Center, the Fauquier Habitat, Community Food Pantries, medical assistance for cancer victims, building the St. John’s Deacon Bernie Reagan Pavilion, and raising money for theatrical and technical purchases for St. John School school.

Our motto is “For the Glory of God, ALWAYS!” - our work and play is a testament to God's will. There is a special grace that God has bestowed on our young people; a blessing they will carry in their hearts and memories for the rest of their lives. 

2023 Torch Merry wives backstage
2021 Torch original promo
2016 Torch Guys and Dolls Hot Box Girls
2023 Torch dance practice

TORCH's History

The TORCH Drama Club made its debut at St. John’s Catholic Church in 2002 with 25 children, ages 6-14, to perform the play The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Today, TORCH has over a hundred performers and production members, ranging from ages eight all the way to adulthood. Our four age groups developed over time as the original members grew up and continued to pass on their talents and experience to younger generations. 

EMBERS
Ages 10-11

SPARKS
Ages 12-14

TORCH
Ages 15-20

ACTS
Ages 21+

Why TORCH?

TORCH is unique because our older members are encourages to pass on the torch, coaching and directing the younger, less-experienced drama members. In return, these veteran thespians gain both the knowledge of multiple different theatrical facets and respect for carrying on the drama ministry in a family atmosphere.

TORCH’s director and founder, Chris Galvin, leads each group in conjunction with a team of young adults who assist with scriptwriting, stage directing, choreography, voice instruction, production management, set design and construction, costume and makeup design, gymnastic skills, and choral music. In addition to these facets, TORCH members are also guided to understand the value of teamwork, commitment, and acceptance of others from all backgrounds and skill levels. Hugs are the “norm” in this group!

 

For more information about how you can get involved in the TORCH Drama Club, please contact us!

Past Shows

Embers 2023 Pinocchio and Cricket
SPARKS 2022 Miracle on 34th Street
TORCH 2023 Merry Wives cheerleaders
2022 Torch Sound of Music Maria

EMBERS

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 The Little Engine That Could

2009 Francis and the Wolf of Gubio

2010 The Elves and the Shoemaker

2011 Rumpelstiltskin 

2012 Hansel & Gretel

2013 The Velveteen Rabbit

2014 Tales of Hans Christian Anderson

2015 The Princess and the Pea

2016 The Phantom Tollbooth

2017 Puss in Boots

2018 The Frog Prince

2019 The Patchwork Girl of Oz

2020 

2021 You are Special

2022

2023 The Princess and the Pea

         Pinocchio

SPARKS

2002

2003

2004 You Are Special 

2005 Stone Soup

2006 The Adventures of Mr. Toad

2007 The Princess and the Goblin

2008 Peter Pan

2009 Pinocchio

2010 James and Giant Peach

2011 My Father's Dragon

2012 Tom Sawyer

2013 The Secret Garden

2014 The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool

2015 After the Apple

2016 

2017 Golden Goose

2018 Dancing on Glass

2019 Legends of the Ocean Realm

2020 Alice In Wonderland

2021 A Christmas Carol

2022 Miracle on 34th Street

2023

2024 The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

TORCH

2002 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2003 The Last Battle

2004 The Legend of King Arthur

2005 How the Shrew Was Won

2006

2007 Great Expectations

2008 The Prince and the Pauper

2009 The Merry Wives of Warrenton

2010 How the Shrew Was Won

2011 Twelfth Night

2012 The Music Man, Jr.

2013 Oklahoma!

2014 Treasure Island

2015 Mary Poppins

2016 Guys and Dolls

2017 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

2018 Singin' In the Rain

2019 Bye Bye Birdie

2020

2021 Arms Distance

2022 The Sound of Music

2023 The Merry Wives of Warrenton

ACTS

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 Godspell

2020 

2021 Special Event Gala

2022 The Sound of Music

2023 

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