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Richmond theater group prepares to perform for millions at World Youth Day

Richmond Catholic Theater and several other theater members, are leaving for Krakow, Poland on Friday to perform at this  year's World Youth Day. (Source: NBC12) Richmond Catholic Theater and several other theater members, are leaving for Krakow, Poland on Friday to perform at this year's World Youth Day. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A local theater group is preparing to take its performance on the road - a road that leads one of the biggest events in the world.

Richard and Christine Arena are the founders of the Richmond Catholic Theater. They, along with several other theater members, are leaving for Krakow, Poland on Friday to perform at this year's World Youth Day.

They received a rare invitation from the Vatican to perform the play, "The Jeweler's Shop," which was written by Saint Pope John Paul the Second in 1960.

The group is thrilled for this opportunity of a lifetime, but they are even more excited to promote such positive messages to millions of people.

"Family, and the commitment of marriage and what that means," said Richard Arena.

"I was just captivated by this story, and how you can use something like the arts to further understand your own faith life, as well as theology that could easily seem way above your head," said Christine Arena.

World Youth Day is held once every three years and draws millions from around the world.

Pope Francis will be in attendance.

Meanwhile, the Richmond Catholic Theater will perform "The Jeweler's Shop" in Richmond on August 17th as part of the Ordinary Holiness Series at St. Mary Catholic Church.

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