Everyone’s in for a special treat this holiday season, courtesy of Showtimers Community Theatre. Their newest production is Miracle on 34th Street, just in time for Christmas. Production times began on Dec. 2 and will continue through Dec. 14.
This play is by Will Severin, Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder and John Vreeke, and is much life the movie versions where Kris Kringle serves as Santa Claus and enchants those around him so much he is considered dangerous by his employees.
Allen Thompson is directing Miracle on 34th Street at Showtimers and has directed about five or six other plays at Showtimers and Little town Players in Bedford.
His experience acting and stage management has led him to many successful plays as director.
Thompson said he originally became interested in Showtimers because of a friend of his.
“It just went from there. I enjoy working with all the people. The people are a lot of fun and all of my friends are in theater,” he said. “My favorite part about it is starting with rehearsal and seeing how it comes out at the end and having people are enjoying it.”
“To me, Miracle on 34th Street, is one of the Christmas classic stories.”
Miracle on 34th Street will include 28 actors and about 7 back stage workers. And sifting through all the auditions wasn’t exactly easy, Thompson said. About 60 people showed up to audition for a part in the play back in October.
“We actually did two days of auditions,” Thompson said. “I was able to cast a lot of people who hadn’t done many shows. The biggest challeneges with this show is the set. The show is very scene intensive.”
Some of the main actors included, Cathleen Turner who plays Susan (the little girl), Heather Sexton, who plays Susan’s mother, Doris, Scott Blankenship, who palsy Fred, Doris’ boyfriend, and Adrian Cronauer who plays Kris Kringle (Santa).
“I am really excited about it. For me it’s just that Christmas classic story and watching people go from not believing in something and then believing in something- that is the great part.”
Miracle on 34th Street will be in production Dec. 2 through the 14 every Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 2. Showtimers has also added a Saturday Matinee on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
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