Culpeper carolers to be featured on Fox 5 Friday


It will be lights, camera, action for a group of Culpeper Christmas carolers on Friday.

Theatrical Artists who do Christmas Carols, led by Adriana Bustamante Yactayo, will perform on Fox 5 on Good Day DC at 9:50 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

“I had previously mentioned to them that we had the choir to a person who was here with the Zip Trip,” Bustamante Yactayo said, referencing when Fox 5 filmed their morning program in downtown Culpeper in August. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids, especially.”

The group will leave Culpeper early and perform a medley of songs before being interviewed on the morning program. The carolers have been featured in several publications and on Culpeper Media Network this year already.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s almost like a miracle,” Bustamante Yactayo said. “A lot of the things have been unreal. I have to keep asking myself if it’s dreaming. I didn’t know we’d get so much press and so much attention.”

Bustamante Yactayo started the caroling group last year, beginning rehearsals right after the election. Originally starting with 12 singers, the group has doubled in size this year and started rehearsing even earlier right after Halloween.

The response from the community has been impressive, Bustamante Yactayo said, as the the carolers performed at the annual Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary Lights of Love, at IHOP twice and will be having their final performance at Grass Rootes at 6:30 Friday when they return from Washington, D.C.

They’ve performed double the number of times they did in the first year of existence.

“Three or four of those have been unexpected,” Bustamante Yactayo said. “People have asked ‘will you come and do this?’”

Bustamante Yactayo has a certificate in musical theatre from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she studied in the summer of 2016. She will graduate soon from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Originally a biochemistry major, she said she enjoyed working more with humans than human cells.

“I switched over from a biochemistry major so I could work with the kids,” she said.

The kids, in turn, enjoy the opportunity to sing.

Ava Caprese, an eighth grader at Epiphany Catholic School, said the group has opened doors for her.

“I think it’s a really great opportunity for me because I love Christmas carols,” Caprese said. “We get to do so many fun things.”

She said she was excited to perform Friday on regional TV.

“I’m very nervous, but I think it’s going to be very fun,” Caprese said. “I think it’s going to be a new atmosphere for me and I’m going to like it. We can definitely, show off Culpeper and how great a town it is.”

Adriel M. Yactayo said he just likes to see the smiles on peoples’ faces when the group sings.

“I get to have friends, and sing all these songs and bring joy to all the people,” Adriel M. Yactayo said.

Bustamante Yactayo hopes to grow the venture into a nonprofit for students interested in the theatrical arts.

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