ShenanArts to Deliver Holiday Magic with Production of “Miracle on 34th Street”

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ShenanArts presents the “Miracle on 34th Street” performances over two weekends – December 2-4 and December 9-11.

The live-action theatrical production is based on the beloved Twentieth Century Fox film of the same name. Set in the 1940s, this family-friendly holiday classic is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Under the direction of Anne Taetzsch Fitzgerald, the spirit of the holidays is honored in this production.

“This time of year is filled with hope and joy,” Fitzgerald said. “There is so much promise and so much joy. We’re excited to bring some holiday magic to our community.

We meet Kris Kringle (David Lusk), an old man in a nursing home who works for Doris Walker (Cathy Marsh) as Santa for Macy’s. Kris is unleashing waves of goodwill with Macy’s customers and the New York City business word by referring parents to other stores to find the exact toy their child has been asking for.

Deemed deceived and dangerous by Macy’s professional counselor (Buddy Garrison), who plots to have Kris taken to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris finds himself in front of a jurisdictional court hearing.

He is defended by Fred Gayley (Jonathan Erdman) who hopes to convince Judge Harper (James Sargent) and the rest of New York that Kris is indeed Santa Claus.

A little girl’s (Slone Franklin) belief in Santa Claus is particularly at stake.

Performances of “Miracle on 34thStreet, a Play” will take place from December 2-4 and December 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

ShenanArts is located at The Hilltop at 300 Churchville Ave. in Staunton.

Tickets cost between $12 and $19 per person and are available online at shenanarts.org

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