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NOTABLE NEIGHBORS

Teenager shares Christmas spirit

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Joshua Moore, 15, recites his lines during play rehearsal for A Charlie Brown Christmas Wednesday at The Imperial Centre.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Between his charity work and his roles in local theater productions, Joshua Moore has earned his status as a “notable neighbor” at the tender age of 15.

Most people recognize Moore each Christmas because of his annual toy drive. But this Christmas, Moore will be adding even more to the local Christmas spirit as he performs his first leading role in the Imperial Centre’s annual production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Kaitlyn Reda, who is directing the upcoming production of Charlie Brown, said Moore brings a great deal to the cast.

“He has a great energy, a great spirit and is a great help to those around him,” Reda said.

Moore said he is very excited about his new role as leading man in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” but speaks honestly about the experience. 

“I really like this role, but the number of lines to learn in the play are a little overwhelming,” Moore said. “But I think people will really enjoy this play. It will make people feel good about Christmas.”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed by Moore and  other talented cast members at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at the Imperial Centre and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. will be offered on Dec. 3. Tickets for the event are available at http://bit.ly/2Am1m2C. 

Though this is the first time Moore has performed at the Imperial Centre, he has performed at the Dunn Center often and has participated in the  Dunn Center’s annual production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for the past eight years. He also performed in multiple roles produced by Faith Christian School and by Activate drama.

Moore sees his future in theater, though not as a performer. He plans to study theater arts at N.C. Wesleyan College when he graduates, but he wants to focus on the behind-the-scenes activities such as set design. Since his childhood days of putting on puppet shows in his bedroom, he has had a desire to help stories come to life.

However, Moore has other passions as well. He especially has a passion for serving others.

This year marks the eighth year he has held his annual “Joshua’s Toy Drive” to help collect toys for children in Rocky Mount who might otherwise have a disappointing Christmas. This year, he is collecting toys until Dec. 8., at which time they will be distributed through Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools to families in need of an extra dose of Christmas cheer this year.

Though Joshua has a heart for helping others, he has not had an easy life himself. He was born with a serious intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis, which severely affects his growth and his health and causes him to spend more time in the hospital than he likes because of complications. 

However, he does not let this situation get in the way of serving others or trying to make the lives of other people in the community a little brighter.

“Things are hard for Joshua,” said his mother, Samantha Moore, who homeschools Joshua at this time because of his health concerns. “However, he is determined not to let anything stop him.”

In fact, Joshua wants to start another charity project to help people in the community during his off-season, after the demands and blessings of Christmas are over. He is currently mulling over ideas for this effort now.

“I just like giving to others,” Moore said. “I guess it’s just second nature to me.”

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