Utilizing the Moss Mansion as a stage, actors will bring to life "Miracle on 34th Street" as a live radio play, complete with flashing applause signs and foley sound effects.
With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the heartwarming production of "Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play" unfolds at the bottom of the grand staircase at the Moss.
“We wanted to create a new holiday tradition for our guests and thought that old-time radio productions would be a perfect fit for the Moss Mansion,” said Jenna Peete, Moss Manison executive director.
The performance is also a nod to the Moss family, who had a tradition of putting on small plays in the Moorish Entry and Music Room, Peete said.
Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith, the play tells the story of a department store Santa who makes his case to the Supreme Court that he is indeed the real Kris Kringle and a skeptical little girl who becomes a believer and features original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz.
The acting and singing ensemble includes Craig Huisenga, Kelsey Steffan, Dan Jurovich, Chloe Jurovich, Gus Belotta and Maria Miller. Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld directs the performance, with support from assistant director Susan Scariano, musical director Kathy Mclain, technical director Dave Schanno and foley art by Dennis McCave.
Performances take place Dec. 7 - 8 and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Doors open an hour early and guests are invited to come early to tour the Moss and vote for their favorite Christmas tree.
Tickets are $35, and reservations are required due to limited seating. All proceeds from the performances benefit the care and preservation of the Moss Mansion. For tickets and more information, visit mossmansion.com or call 256-5100.