On Friday, more than 80 Warren County youth participated in the culminating event of the fall season of the Youth Connection (below and below right), Allegheny Regional Theater Experience (ARTE) (above right), and ARTE Jr. (above left) programs at the Struthers Library Theatre. The Christmas Memories musical song and dance revue program featured several performances by each group as well as a combined finale. Throughout the performance, videos of students recounting their favorite Christmas memories as well as their holiday wishes for those in the audience were shown on the big screen. Students in grades two through four participated in ARTE Jr., fifth through eighth in ARTE, and ninth through 12th in Youth Connections. The students had about three months, under the direction of Jennifer Koebley, to prepare for the show. The event coincided with the annual Christmas Walk and Parade festivities in downtown Warren.
Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry