‘Mir­a­cle on 34th Street’ at Steel River Play­house Dec. 7 to 23

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Beth McDonnell

The re­vival pro­duc­tion of “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” marks the 10th An­niver­sary of Steel River Play­house. From Dec. 7 to 23, Di­rec­tor Leena Devlin, with a re­mark­able cast and cre­ative team, will bring to life the first show ever pro­duced at the Play­house. “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” is an es­sen­tial, clas­sic pro­duc­tion per­fect for the whole fam­ily. The time­less mes­sage that con­tin­ues to res­onate, Steel River Play­house is proud to bring the­ater­go­ers a heart­warm­ing hol­i­day story about the im­por­tance of child­hood won­der, trust, and stand­ing up for what you be­lieve. Steel River Play­house has adopted this pow­er­ful mes­sage, “I Be­lieve” to carry them through­out the hol­i­day and into the re­main­der of the 2018-2019 Sea­son.

Steel River Play­house be­lieves in the­ater that trans­forms. The­ater that trans­forms the way we view the world, our com­mu­nity and those within. Through com­mu­nity, ed­u­ca­tion and in­clu­siv­ity Steel River Play­house in­vites those into the Play­house to em­bark on the­ater that trans­forms. Start off this hol­i­day by way of help­ing trans­form your com­mu­nity by con­tribut­ing to the food drive in the lobby from now to the end of De­cem­ber. Give back to those who need it most this hol­i­day.

Based on the Academy Award win­ning 1947 clas­sic film and orig­i­nal story by Valen­tine Davies, “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” re­volves around an el­derly gen­tle­man who be­lieves he is the real Santa and a lit­tle girl who learns to have faith in the magic of the Christ­mas sea­son. In this Christ­mas clas­sic, Kris Kringle fills in for an in­tox­i­cated Santa in the fa­mous Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day pa­rade. Kringle soon gains both pop­u­lar­ity and love with chil­dren and adults alike at the chain’s main store in mid­town Man­hat­tan. When he in­sists, how­ever, that he re­ally is Santa Claus, a com­pe­tency hear­ing is held to de­ter­mine Kringle’s san­ity and on whether he could pos­si­bly be who he claims to be.

El­iz­a­beth Hen­nessey re­vives her role as Doris Walker, while Steel River Play­house stu­dents Al­ger Oliver and Sa­van­nah Leahy al­ter­nate shows as her daugh­ter, Su­san Walker. Ryan Simme plays the de­fense at­tor­ney, Fred Gay­ley; Michael Zatuchni plays the psy­chi­a­trist, Mr. Sawyer, Jerry Rodgers is back again af­ter a decade por­tray­ing the lov­able Kris Kringle.

Se­cure your tick­ets for this heart-warm­ing hol­i­day trea­sure on­line at www.steel­river.org or call the box of­fice at 610-9701199. All ticket hold­ers for the Dec. 8 show at 8 p.m., are also wel­come to at­tend the An­niver­sary Party from 5:30 to 7:30 pm be­fore the show on Dec. 8. You must have a ticket for the Dec. 8 per­for­mance to at­tend this lovely hol­i­day party with com­pli­men­tary treats, ap­pe­tiz­ers, car­ol­ing, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, guar­an­teed to get you in the spirit of the hol­i­days. Steel River Play­house is lo­cated at 245 E High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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