Theatre Bristol Presents “Miracle on 34th Street” for the Holidays

Cast of 38 from around the region in beloved holiday favorite; tickets on sale now

Theatre Bristol presents “Miracle on 34th Street” this Christmas under the direction of Dottie Havlik, opening December 6 and running weekends through December 22 at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, 506 State Street, Bristol, TN, Tickets are on sale now.

Theatre Bristol’s “Miracle on 34th Street” will have everyone believing this Christmas! “By chance, Kris Kringle, an elderly man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for, but the magic of Christmas ends up on trial!” (Dramatic Publishing)

Director Dottie Havlik, most recently having written and directed the annual River’s Way productions, directing favorites such as “Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” “The Adventures of Madeline,” and “Charlotte’s Web,” as well as performing over the years, is excited to bring this show to the stage for the holidays with this cast.

The mysterious Kris Kringle is portrayed by John Kaywood. The all-business Doris Walker is played by Rebekah McGrady, and her daughter Susan is Lilly Hankins. Defense attorney Fred Gayley is played by Ryan Gray, opposed by prosecuting attorney Mara, portrayed by Dan Gray. Scott Loveless as Judge Harper presides over the trial, prodded by his campaign manager Halloran, played by Terry Bailey.

Slimy counselor Sawyer is played by Coy Owens, Dr. Pierce by Aaron Brown, Mr. Macy by Samuel Fleenor, and Bloomingdale by David Maloney. Doris’ administrative assistant,  Shellhammer, is played by Faith Vance, and the court bailiff Finley by Andrew Bailey.

The Elves Union leader, Elf Q, is Claire Hankins and Union members are Ethan Baker, Lucy Foy, Cooper Knapp, Henry Moody, Laynie Richardson, Carly Street, and Mason White, and Libby Street as surprise witness Janet Mara. In the ensemble are Kayla Bolling, Brianna Butler, Grace Cassell, Sydney Cunningham, Robert Havlik, Andrew Hunt, and Kira McNutt. The Children’s ensemble includes Elliott Brown, Lydia Brown, Ethan Dorsey, Lara McGrady, Charlotte Osborne, and Avery White.

Running weekends December 6 – 22, showtimes for “Miracle on 34th Street” are Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are available at http://www.TheatreBristol.org. While tickets may be available at the door, advance reservations are encouraged for holiday shows. For information on school shows, please contact info@theatrebristol.org.

“Miracle on 34th Street, the Play” was adapted by Mountain Community Theatre from the novel by Valentine Davies; is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois; and is based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street.

Theatre Bristol’s is pleased to present “Miracle on 34th Street” as part of its family-friendly 54th season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including “Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Sherlock Holmes Mysteries,” “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf,” and “Into the Woods.” “Miracle on 34th” Street is presented with Stephanie Snelson, DDS.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email info@theatrebristol.org.