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Posted on December 3, 2014

For the second consecutive year, California University’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the holiday season with Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre, with matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.

 All performances are open to the public. 

Cal U’s performance incorporates University students and community talent. Based on the 20th Century-Fox Pictures production, its book, music and lyrics are all by Meredith Willson.

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” this heartwarming musical is pure family entertainment.

The story takes place between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas. It centers on a white-bearded gentleman who claims to be the real Santa Claus — and who brings about a genuine “miracle” on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City.

Dr. Michele Pagen, a professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, is directing the show.

Kathy Sacco is providing musical direction, and choreography is by Maria Gismondi. 

Among the Cal U students handling behind-the-scenes roles are Emily Lorence, assistant director; Alex Hagerty, company manager; Summer Gobel, dance captain; Dominic Carrola, accompanist; Kellee Cohlhepp, production stage manager; and assistant stage managers Nikki Davis, Molly Malady, Grant Prodan, Stephen Reddy and Katie Rendos.

Ticket price is $12 for patrons of all ages. Students with valid CalCards are admitted for 50 cents; a $5 deposit will be returned when the student attends a performance. 

For more information, or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.