The 2012 production of the Village Players staging of "Miracle on 34th Street" wraps up Dec. 15, featuring Kris Kringle, as Santa Claus, and a "courtroom" full of people who want to believe.
- Curtain time is 8:15 p.m. The James McCabe Theater is at 506 Fifth Street in Valrico, south of Brandon Boulevard (State Road 60).
With audience members a part of the extended courtroom scene, Domin Pazo, as Judge Henry X. Harper, presides over the trial of Kris Kringle, played by Donald "D.G." Speirs, his defense orchestrated by Oliver Sprague, as attorney Fred Gayley.
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
"Miracle on 34th Street" centers on divorcee Doris Walker (Elizabeth Irving) 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.
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- 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.