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Miracle on 34th Street (2009)

Many people will remember a delightful old movie titled “Miracle on 34th Street” starring a very young Natalie Wood. A new version was also released several years ago. West Jordan Theater Arts is bringing this fun production to life in its upcoming play that includes some wonderful holiday music.

Kris Kringle (John Berg) is the personification of good will and holiday spirit. In the 1940’s as a Macy’s Department store holiday Santa, he enchants children and shoppers so completely (he even sends them to other stores to get hard-to-find gifts) that his competency is questioned by a few fellow employees who plot to ruin him.

The young Susan’s (Kara McGettigan and Melina Wrathall) belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision. Her mother Doris (Keri Wright), a neighbor Fred (Falan Memmott) who is both a friend and lawyer, and a great cast add to this hilarious, tender and charming show the entire family will enjoy. Directed by Pat Oliver, this show will put you in the holiday spirit.

The show hits the stage of the Sugar Factory Playhouse, 8201 South 2200 West and runs Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from November 28 through December 14 at 7:30 p.m., except Saturday, December 5, which begins at 8:00 pm. Two matinees are set for Saturdays, December 5 and 12 at noon. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, students and seniors, and are available at the West Jordan’s Macy’s Food Store and at the door as seats are available.

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