Rehearsals are under way at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico for the Village Players' holiday production of Miracle on 34th Street.
The show is under the direction of Gail Pierce, who called the show, "probably one of the most endearing shows out there."
"This is mine, this is my show," Pierce said about her attraction to the Christmas classic, which features Kris Kringle, a white-bearded, older man from a retirement home who gets a job working as Santa at Macy's in New York City.
"The show is about believing, that anything is possible as long as you believe," Pierce said. "That against all odds, a simple truth prevails."
The show's assistant director is Josie Costa. The show is not a musical, but it has a musical director, Lisa Westcott, to work with the carolers that will be performing before the show, during intermission and in a scene or two of the show. Carlton Jones is the costume designer. Lighting and sound technician is Adam Murray, assisted by Kyle Yerdan.
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.
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.
VILLAGE PLAYERS CAST FOR "MIRACLE ON 34th STREET"
- Kris Kringle: Donald Speirs
- Doris Walker: Elizabeth Irving
- Shellhammer: Julie Hill
- Susan Walker: Hannah Westcott
- Fred Gayley: Oliver Sprague
- Dr. Pierce: Sheila Stacy
- Mr. Macy: Maurice Cecchini
- Mr. Gimble / Mr. Finley: Larry Sprinkle
- Mr. Halloran / A Rich Person: Webb Pierce
- Drunken Santa / Mr. Duncan: Eddie Montgomery
- Miss Mara: Ramona Montgomery
- Head Elf: Ruth Soucek
- Mister Sawyer: Hal Granholm
- Bag Lady / Postal Worker: Holly Turciun
- Judge Harper: Domin Pazo
- Mara Junior: Ashley Hill
- Postal Worker / Pedestrian: Allen Richardson
- Megan / Elf: Maggie Musco
- Opening Act Child No. 1 / Sharon: Natalie Lefebvre
- Opening Act Child No. 2: Skip Rhoads
- Elf: Sophie Rhoads
- Elf: Gabby Hanson
- Tomboy Joanie: Mattia Hanson
- Joanie's Mother: Cecilia Richards
- Sharon's Mother: Sabrina Raymond
- Broadcaster: Adam Murray