Miracle on 34th Street

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, an old man in a retirement home, 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, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Cast/Characters

Kris Kringle – Michael A. Eberhardy

Dr. Pierce – Randall Elliot Stache

Parent, Postal Worker – Neil Beaton

Parent, Reporter – Susan Baumgart

Girl at the Zoo – Emily Bennin

Jim the Zookeeper – Jeremy Erquhart

Doris Walker – Susan Chambers Johnson

Mr. Shellhammer – Jim Johnson

Miss Adams – Tegan Herman

Shameful Santa – Jim Wucherer

Cleo – Lorraine Selinski

Fred Gailey – Chris Fontaine

Susan Walker – Katherine Nye

Jake – Erik Frechette

Parent, Charley Halloran – Clark R. Kirst

Judy – Mackenzie Birkey

Parent – Michelle Bestul

Sally – Kaitlyn Mulroney

Maryke, an orphan – Lily Zimmermann

Maryke’s Mother, Bellevue Attendant – Barb Frechette

Mr. Macy – Lee Tempas

Mr. Sawyer – Bob Deyo

Newsboys – Ben C. Johnson, Rhys Frechette

Mr. Gimble – Joe Selinski

Radio Announcer – Connor Giles

Photographer, Postal Worker – Brayden Fontaine

Susan’s Playmates – Casey Stapel, Annie Van Zeeland

Dr. Rogers – Eric M. Eberhardy

Judge Henry X. Harper – Robert L. Wade

Finley the Bailiff – Jim Wucherer

Mr. Mara – Shawn Mulroney

Mrs. Henry Harper, Bellevue Attendant – Char Koehler

Harper Grandchildren – Chad Larson, Alexandria Wickland, Sydney Wickland

Reporter – Elizabeth Plotka

Thomas Mara Jr. – Holland White

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Technical Director: Dustin L. Uhl

Stage Manager: Glenn Schultz

Musical Assistance: Janice Westphal

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Jan Remling

Light Design: Lee Schneider

Sound Design: Scott A. Heck

Properties: Karen Held

Make-Up Design: Kathryn Pearce, Asst. Char Koehler

Paint Master: Colleen Bertram