"Miracle on 34th Street" is a must see by December 18

Date: 
12/12/2016
SusanKris

Susan checks Kris' beard and discovers that it is real

The perfect holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, originally a 1947 Christmas comedy-drama film, is warming hearts at The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand, for a very short run ending Dec. 18. 

A perfect show for the whole family, this two act presentation has the audience leaving the theatre with a smile on their faces, ready for Christmas celebrations. 

The re-creation of the Radio Lux Theatre broadcast on Dec. 20, 1948, the cast of 16, is directed by Kathy Scambiatterra, The Artistic Home's Artistic Director. 

Playing Edmund Gwenn's film role of Kris Kringle, Michael Denini even looks the part with his real beard and deep rumbling "oh, ho ho ho." 

SusanDoris

Susan has hopes that there is a Santa but her mom, Doris, assures her that one must stick with reality

Moira Hughes is a charming young girl, Susan, originally played by Natalie Wood. She is the daughter of a practical minded, over-worked single mom who is the public relations person for New York's Macy's. Played by Kristin Collins*, Doris Walker was originally portrayed by Maureen O'Hara. 

John LaFlamboy is attorney Fred Gailey who lives across the hall from Doris and Susan, is attracted to Doris and wants Kris to continue fulfilling wishes and dreams for everyone. Originally played by John Payne, Gailey quits his position with a large law firm to get Santa Claus released from jail so he can work his magic on Christmas. 

The revered R H. Macy is delightfully portrayed with a great deal of pomp and vibrato by Frank Nall*. Retail competitor Mr. Gimbel is Christopher Donaldson not only countered Macy but also fills two other roles. 

Sawyer, the maniacal and obnoxious head of personnel is exquisitely portrayed by R. J. Coleman who also does wonders with the part of the Bailiff. 

Enthusiastic head of the toy department, Shellhammer, and the calm Dr. Pierce are adeptly handled by Brian Sheridan. 

While Angela DeMarco adroitly handles four different roles including that of Mortimer's mother, Liam Dahiborn plays Mortimer as well as Tommy. Along with Moira Hughes, the two children perform a short tap session too. 

Though a radio play, Robert Dean absolutely looked the part of Judge Harper. Joshua Volkers handled both his roles as the Drunk Santa and Assistant District Attorney, Mara, well. 

Mike Krystosek is a wonderful co-worker with Kris Kringle and later a believable postman. 

Considered "The Lux Radio Team," Julian Hester* is the expressive announcer while Zach Wziontka enhances the audience's imaginations with sounds as the Foley. 

The weakest part of the production is the two commercial parts (Libby Collins and Helena Sorrell) played by Jenna Steege. 

Five others are the production team for the production. Stage Manager is John Mossman; Assistant Stage Manager is Kayla Adams; Set Designer is David Vogel; and Alex Monroe and John Corkill round out the team as the sound designers. 

*The Artistic Home ensemble members

Photo source: Yeva Dashevsky, Mercury Photo

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