Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street is coming to the Davies Foundation Auditorium from December 1st to 17th.

Doris Walker, event co-ordinator for the New York department store Macy’s, has a problem. It’s Thanksgiving, and the man she hired to play Santa Claus in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been getting into the wrong kind of spirit — he’s drunk.

Luckily, a man who not only looks like Santa but is named Kris Kringle happens to be at hand. Doris asks him to stand in for the drunken Santa, which he does so well that she hires him to play Santa at the flagship Macy’s store (on 34th Street) for the Christmas season.

Kris starts directing some parents to other stores where they can get the gifts their children want for less than Macy’s is charging. Management isn’t so sure about this, but it generates so much good publicity that the store decides to encourage it, and rival stores adopt the same policy.

However, Doris doesn’t like Kris telling her daughter Susan—who she has taught not to believe in fairy tales or Santa Claus—that he is the real Santa. Concerned that he is delusional and could be dangerous, she decides to fire him. By this time, though, he is a hit with management. As a compromise, a psychiatric exam is arranged. It doesn’t go well for Kris and he ends up in Bellevue Hospital.

Nicole Cannon, Jason Bowen, Jennifer Tryon, Amanda Liebeck, Dale C. Jones, Nick Neokleous
Left to right: Nicole Cannon, Jason Bowen, Jennifer Tryon, Amanda Liebeck, Dale C. Jones, Nick Neokleous

Threatened with permanent commitment, Kris finds himself in a court hearing where he is challenged to prove that he is the one and only Santa Claus. That sounds like a tall order, but a letter of encouragement that Susan sends to Kris indirectly helps him out of the jam he’s in.

Tickets are $20. Students and children are $10.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2:00 p.m.

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