When one puts together their list of holiday traditions, watching beloved holiday movies always makes the cut. Certainly “It’s a Wonderful Life” is at the top of the list, but also right up there is “Miracle on 34th Street,” the endearing story of an old man whose sanity is put on trial because he believes he is Kris Kringle . . . Santa Claus. In the process everyone’s beliefs are questioned, in particular, those of one little girl who has been raised by her somewhat hardened, no-nonsense mother to believe that the world is a cold, heartless place where miracles do not happen and there is certainly no such silly things as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
This play was adapted for the stage by the Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies and is based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture, “Miracle on 34th Street.” The Stage Door welcomes new director Christine Dawson to the helm of this production. She is being assisted by Frieda Penn.
Although this is her first solo flight, Christine is certainly no stranger to the theatre. She has multiple shows to her credit, both on and off stage.
Ms. Dawson hails from Pennsylvania and has been appearing onstage since she was a youngster in elementary school. While in Pennsylvania, she had her first assistant directing experience with “Gypsy” at the Chambersburg Community Theater. She also assistant directed last season for “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas,” which won “Best Show” of the season at The Stage Door’s Golden Door Awards and Gala in June. In addition to assistant directing, Christine also added “stage crew” to her resume, as she worked backstage for “Rumors.”
Her acting credits are numerous and varied. At The Stage Door, she has been seen as Mrs. Armstrong in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and Miss Watson/Aunt Sally in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
“Miracle on 34th Street” is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really.
The story is about Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Is Kris Kringle the true Santa Claus or is he just a confused, disillusioned old man. The Stage Door believes . . . how about you???
“Miracle on 34th Street” has only five shows over one weekend, so mark your calendar now and make plans to attend.
Show dates are December 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com or www.TicketStorm.com to purchase on-line or you can visit any Party Galaxy outlet. Please keep in mind that on-line purchases will incur a fee.
“Miracle on 34th Street” is being produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.