Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic drama, "Miracle on 34th Street," November 30 and December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m.
"Miracle on 34th Street," adapted from the 1947 movie, tells the story of Kris Kringle, the living image of Santa Claus, who becomes the last minute substitute for the drunken Santa Claus who was to lead the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is offered the job as Macy's Toy Department Santa Claus. Supervisor Doris Walker soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: it's bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he's the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can't find at Macy's, he's gone too far. He is put under psychiatric evaluation for having the delusion that he is in fact the real Santa Claus. Ultimately, he ends up in court for a sanity hearing to decide if he needs to be put away in a mental institution. All along the way, Kris makes a big difference in the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, and slowly you see more and more evidence that he is indeed, Santa Claus.
Miracle on 34th Street, will be performed at Pleasant Valley High School under the direction of Dan and Marcie Mulligan and with production assistance from Carol Ring.
The cast of "Miracle on 34th Street" features Josh Weidenbaum (Kris Kringle), Mackenzie Sweeney (Doris Walker), Devin Cetnar (Fred Gayley), Brenna Norlander (Judge Harper), Rebecca Anglemyer (Susan Walker), Helene Chouljian (Atty. Mara), Evelyn Sucro (Ms. Sawyer), and Katina Foley (Dr. Pierce). Supporting roles are played by KiKi Adams, Anya Moreo, Amina Jones, Kayla Wolf, Anthony Zarzycki, Lydia Shank, Chris D'Antonio, Lydia Shank, Vincent Picciotti, Rachel Wenrich, Zach Counterman, Nathaniel Rhoads, Sarah DeLuca, Sam Catania, Lisa Bretzger, Heather Frable, Sarah DeLuca, Elizabeth Gillen, Casper Kosciuczyk, Miranda Bauer, Hayley Blanding, Caitlyn Doyle, Kristian Henriksen, Sabrina Meli, Vanessa Ramirez, Angelica Ramirez, Luis Silva, Troy Snyder and Erin Tortora. Student stage manager is Emily Foster and student costume director is Michayla Kelsch.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered ahead of time through Carol Ring at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pleasant Valley Drama Department is offering a free ticket for the show in exchange for a brand new unwrapped toy of equal or greater value to the cost of a ticket. These brand new toys will be provided to local needy families in time for Christmas.