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Posted on November 17, 2015

‘Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical’
7 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5
2 p.m. Dec. 5, Dec. 6
Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre 

Community members will be onstage and high school students will be working behind the scenes when the Department of Theatre and Dance performs Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.

This is the third consecutive year that local singers, actors, dancers and technicians will join Cal U students for the holiday production in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

All performances are open to the public. Children from area school districts will attend a school matinee at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 in Steele Hall.

About the musical

The family-friendly musical is filled with humor, spectacle and such familiar songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

Based on the 20th Century-Fox Pictures production, its book, music and lyrics are all by Meredith Willson.

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.

Who’s involved?

Dr. Michele Pagen, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, directs the production.  

Among the Cal U students handling behind-the-scenes assignments are Mikey Rogers, assistant director; Sidney Popielarcheck, dance captain; and Kellee Cohlhepp, production stage manager.

Assistant stage managers Mark Barrett, Grant Prodan and Evan Peffer, all from Brownsville High School.

Brian Eisiminger is providing musical direction, and choreography is by Maria Gismondi ‘02. 

See the show

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.