Radio play ver­sion of ‘Mir­a­cle on 34th Street’ starts tonight

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW -

Re­new your be­lief in the magic of Christ­mas once more as the Shan­daken The­atri­cal So­ci­ety pre­sents that hol­i­day film fa­vorite “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” as a live radio play. Per­for­mances be­gin Fri­day, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at the STS Play­house, 10 Church St., Phoenicia.

“Mir­a­cle” is best known as a 1947 hit com­e­dy­drama film by Ge­orge Seaton about the chaos that en­sues when a Macy’s Santa Claus claims to be the real thing, and his im­pact on his cyn­i­cal boss and her equally dis­be­liev­ing lit­tle girl. But the STS pro­duc­tion is based on Seaton’s adap­ta­tion for radio, pre­sented the fol­low­ing year as part of “The Lux Radio Hour,” fea­tur­ing mem­bers of the orig­i­nal cast of the movie, in­clud­ing Mau­reen O’Hara and Ed­mund Gwenn.

The so­ci­ety’s ver­sion is set in a radio sta­tion stu­dio on the night of the orig­i­nal Lux broad­cast on Dec. 20, 1948. A cast of 11 por­trays over 20 char­ac­ters in a story set be­tween Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas in New York City. Adding to the fun will be the an­nouncer’s re­cre­ation of vin­tagestyle radio ads of the day, but us­ing Phoenicia area busi­nesses to give it a lo­cal twist.

The pro­duc­tion will be di­rected by long­time Shan­daken The­atri­cal So­ci­ety vet­eran Linda Burkhardt. The cast mem­bers are Tom Al­fano, Kailee Cor­neli­son, David Dan­cyger, Ann Davies, Erin Gi­u­ditta, Brid­get Harkin, Burr Hub­ble, Jeremy McLaugh­lin, Amos New­combe, Alan Shevlo and Faye Storms.

Other crew mem­bers in­clude Gary Kromirs, sound de­signer; Brook Har­ri­son, stage man­ager; Linda Burkhardt, cos­tume

de­signer; Michael Koegel and Burr Hub­ble, set design; and John Sto­baeus, light­ing de­signer.

Ad­di­tional per­for­mances this week­end are Satur­day, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. and Sun­day, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. The pro­duc­tion runs through Dec. 18, with shows Fri­days and Satur­days at 8 p.m. and Sun­days at 2 p.m.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $20, $18 for stu­dents and se­niors. Chil­dren ages 12 and un­der who are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult will be ad­mit­ted for $5.

Tick­ets can be bought at the the­ater’s box of­fice or by call­ing (845) 688-2279. Visit stsplay­house.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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