It was show time for the 2012 production of the Village Players production of "Miracle on 34th Street," featuring Kris Kringle, as Santa Claus, and a courtroom full of people who have to believe.
Following the opening night curtain Nov. 30, audience members, young and old, lined up for photographs with Santa Claus, who bore a striking resemblance to community theater veteran Donald "D.G." Speirs.
For Speirs, playing Santa Claus is more than a role, more than a job, more than a way to spend the holidays. To say it's a dream to play his dream role sounds trite, but it's true. To say that he believes? Well, that's true, too.
- For more, see Playing Santa Claus, a Role of a Lifetime
"Miracle on 34th Street" centers on divorcee Doris Walker and her young daughter, Susan (played by Hannah Westcott), who is raised to believe that fantasy is misguided. So, when she meets Kris Kringle, the man her mother hires to replace an inebriated Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Susan's upbringing is put to the test — and so, too, her mother's beliefs.
Village Players Presentation of Miracle on 34th Street
Opening night is Nov. 30. Additional show dates are Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15. Curtain time is 8:15 p.m. The matinee show is Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
- For more on the show, including a cast listing, see Is There a Santa Claus? See 'Miracle on 34th Street' at James McCabe Theater
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and military. Call the Village Players information line at 813-643-8292 or 813-630-2237.