Published On: Thu, Oct 29th, 2015

Town and Country Players collecting Toys for Tots during ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

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(Left to right) Katie Greendorfer, Mitch Gerson, Keith Kirkner and Abigail Heine (Photo: Jean McKenna)

Town and Country Players in Buckingham brings the holiday spirit to life in November with “Miracle on 34th Street: The Play.”

This seasonal story, adapted by the Mountain Community Theater, and based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture, will delight audiences of all ages, says the theater group. And in the spirit of this play, the cast will be taking the opportunity to fund raise for the kids in our communities.

Many will already be familiar with “Miracle on 34th Street.” This live version is a modern take on the holiday classic, but many of the details remain the same.

The story opens with Kris Kringle (Mitch Gerson) arriving at the Macy’s Day parade just in time to fill in for an unpopular, drunk Santa (Dan Weidman). Kris then takes a job with Macy’s as their full-time seasonal Santa Claus, and proves to be really popular. However, he claims that he is the real Kris Kringle and not just playing the part. This lands him in a courtroom competency hearing. Kris is on trial to prove his authenticity. But what is really at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

Audiences will find themselves rooting for the main characters in the play, especially Susan, (Abigail Heine and Katie Greendorfer), and her mother, Doris (Danielle Malat). Of course, everyone will want to cheer on Kris Kringle’s lawyer (Keith Kirkner) when he faces the judge (Amy Fiscus) in the courtroom.

There are many more characters, both adult and children, which round out the cast that audiences will recognize and love. Director Jesse Roy said, “It has been so much fun bringing this story to life. I think the 24 actors in the show have really enjoyed playing these different characters, and I think audiences will see that in their performances.”

Producer Kim O’Byrne said, “The cast has such a wonderful sense of camaraderie and generosity. They were the ones to have the idea to use this show as an opportunity to give back to the community.”

In the spirit of the holidays, Town and Country Players will be collecting toys for theToys for Tots charity. Audience members can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the theater during any of the performances.

“Miracle on 34th Street: The Play” runs Friday and Saturday evenings (Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.), with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays (Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 at 2 p.m). Tickets are $10 for children, and $17 for adults. They are available by calling 800-838-3006 or through the T&C website.

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