Cast set for OFP's Miracle on 34th Street

Holiday play takes stage first two weekends in December


FORT MADISON - Old Fort Players is thrilled to announce the Christmas production for their 2022/2023 Season “Miracle on 34th Street, the Play,” adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. It is based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street. Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock IL. The show performs December 2-4 & 9-11, 2022. This production is sponsored by Montrose Health Center and directed by Richar Abel.

“This 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." So writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story.

By chance, Kris Kringle (John Todd Gorham), an old man in a retirement home, is hired by Doris Walker, (Amanda Greenhalge) to play 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, (Jesse Weaver) who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in Judge Harper’s (Sterling Barnes) court competency hearing. Kris is represented by his lawyer, Fred Gayley (Chris Greenhalge). Especially at stake in the dramatic courtroom scene is Susan Walker’s (Elise Greenhalge) belief in Santa.

The rest of the very large cast goes something like this: Dr Pierce -Ty Clute, Bag lady & Elf - Caris Greenhalge, Drunken Santa - Robbie Phillips,  Macy - Sophia Gilbert, Sawyer & Halloran - Jesse Weaver, Bloomingdale - Veronica Pranger,  Finley & Shellhammer - Jadi Zioui, Mara & Sharon’s parent -Taegan Hamilton, Duncan, Rich person, Foster parent & Newscaster - Juniper Strickland, James & Johnny - Cooper Barnes, Al - Codee James, Lou - Kim Albers, Child 1- Neva Steele, Pedestrian & Extra Elf - Pieper Terrell, Elf Z - Macy Anderson, Elf J & Dutch girl - Sunshine Zioui, Elf R - Burkley Carter, Elf W - Bella Miller, Sharon - Lila Schleidt, Meagan - Aubrey Davis, Pedestrian 1 - Pieper Terrell, and Pedestrian 2 - Jenna Christensen, Pedestrian 3 - Ripley Mena. Extra kids & singers - Norah Lumsden, William Martin, and Sue Abel.

The show performs December 2-4 & 9-11, 2022. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee begins at 2:00 pm. Adult tickets are $15, Senior, Vet & Military are $12, and Students are $10. You can reserve a seat by phone or Facebook Messenger. Purchase online at www.purplepass.com/ofpdec2022.

The theater is located in downtown Fort Madison at 725 Avenue G. Send a Facebook message, send an email to oldfortplayersfm@gmail.com or call 319-372-9559 for more information. Like them on Facebook (Fb@oldfortplayers) or visit www.oldfortplayers.com to keep up with everything that’s going on at the theater.

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