Directed by Jim Nellis
Produced by Roger Voight
We all remember the time when we began to question whether Santa Claus was real or not. Some of us worried about confessing our doubts because it might reduce the number of presents we got. Others might have been encouraged by well-meaning parents to give up such childish fantasies. Screenwriter Valentine Davies and director George Seaton wanted to explore a different possibility – that Santa Claus could be more than a rotund old man with a white beard – that adults believing in the vision of Santa Claus could create a better world for us all. Read more about the story of Santa and Advent here.
The result was “Miracle on 34th Street”, a novella translated into multiple languages and an academy award winning film in 1947. Parents learned from their children, cooperation rather than competition led to more successful business, and even lawyers and courts were helpless to withstand the love and connection that Santa could bring.
We had the privilege of having several young actors working with us on this project. With their passion and enthusiasm, they made the promise of a Miracle on 34th Street real for all of us. Check out our production blog here for several interesting contributions. We will be adding new items every few days for the next month!
Happy holidays from your friends at Entity Theatre.
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Listen to the heartwarming recreation of this story as a radio broadcast from the comfort of your own home. The broadcast will be repeated three times each day so that friends and family members in other time zones can also listen during their evening hours.
|Cast||(In order of appearance)||Actor|
|Announcer,||the host of the radio broadcast||Melody Rolph|
|Doris Walker,||the personnel manager at Macy’s||Emilee Bonner|
|Mrs. Shellhammer,||Doris’ friendly, efficient assistant||Tracey Cooper|
|Fred Gailey,||Kris Kringle’s defense attorney and a friend and neighbor of Doris and Susan||David Kinsella|
|Susan Walker,||Doris’ daughter||Silvia Pfleghar|
|Kris Kringle,||the likeable, friendly and caring Santa Claus||John Yates|
|Isabelle,||a little girl waiting to see Santa at Macy’s||Sophia Lamartine|
|Freda,||the assistant to Mrs. Shellhammer||Brianna Goins|
|Mortimer,||waiting in line to see Santa and tell him his Christmas wishes||Fabian Weiss|
|Monika,||Mortimer’s little sister||Marcia Mosig|
|Mother,||the mother of Mortimer and Monika||Jen Blastorah|
|Girl,||waiting in the line to see Santa to ask for roller skates||Sophia Blastorah|
|Girl’s mother||Jodi Pfleghar|
|Mr. R. H. Macy,||the owner and manager of Macy’s department store and Doris’ and Shellhammer’s boss.||Sam Trewhitt|
|Mr. Sawyer,||the very insecure and disagreeable vocational guidance counselor at Macy’s.||Mattias Carlborg|
|Miss Prong,||Mr. Sawyer’s secretary.||Megan Nerlich|
|Dr. Pierce,||the warm, caring physician at the Brooks Home where Kris Kringle lives.||Sophie Landmann|
|Mr. Gimbel,||the owner and manager of Gimbel’s department store||Justin Crowell|
|Nurse,||who works at the psychopathic ward in Bellevue Hospital||Birgit Mueller|
|Thomas Mara,||The prosecuting attorney||Aiden Dyer|
|Mrs. Mara,||Thomas Mara’s wife||AC Mettenheimer|
|Tommy,||the Maras’ son||Adela Carrasco|
|Judge Henry Harper,||the presiding judge at Kris Kringle’s hearing||Roger Voight|
|Charley,||an old friend of Judge Harper||Bernd Plank|
|Louie,||Another postman||Martin Büsing|
|Assistant Director||Sabine Rimmele|
|Stage Manager||Bergit Mueller|
|Crowd noises||Rodrigo Queiro, parents attending the recordings and anyone else who was standing around.|
|Recording, Mixing||Daniel Plappert, Dang Huynh|
|Music||Linda Oppermann, Bryony Lang, Thomas Padel and Stefano Ceolin from the English-Speaking Music Ensembles (ESME) and Daniel Plappert|
|Radio station advertisements||Written by Bogdan Tabacaru|
Performed by John Yates, Melody Rolph and the ESME singers
|Werner von Siemens Gymnasium and Sabine Rimmele|
Kulturreferat Technik of the city of Munich, who provided professional-grade audio recording equipment and technical support.
The production would simply not have been possible without the generous support of these partners.