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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play is Coming to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre for the Holidays

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Michael Hume as Kris Kringle and Cameron Weiland as Susan

Running from November 21st to December 31st, Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play is adapted from Jon Lorenz’ 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast of the classic Christmas story. 

When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols performed live on stage, Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play is a unique holiday theatre treat. “The dual task of entertaining a live studio audience and an imaginary radio audience was an incredible challenge,” says director Galloway Stevens of researching classic radio broadcasts of the era. “The craft of Foley art - which helps set the scenic atmosphere - was much like watching a ballet with both eyes and ears. My team has really immersed themselves into this medium - of conveying a solid story for anyone listening “over the air” while also providing a riveting performance to our live ‘studio’ audience.”

The Music

Miracle contains original music, some musical radio jingles and jazzy versions of holiday favorites like Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

The Cast

Miracle on 34th Street stars Oregon Shakespeare and Oregon Cabaret favorite Michael Hume as Kris Kringle. Katie Beck (9 to 5, Every Christmas Story, The 39 Steps, What a Glorious Feeling) returns as Doris, Jake Delaney (9 to 5, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Rocky Horror 2019) returns as Fred, and Alex Boyles (Rocky Horror, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!) returns as the male character actor in the piece. Jocelyn Smith and Cameron Weiland will make their Cabaret debuts and split the role of Susan. Courtney Crawford (female character actor) and Andy Hudson (pianist/Foley artist) also appear in their first Oregon Cabaret show.

Content Guide

Miracle on 34th Street is suitable for all audiences. Were it a movie, it would be rated PG.

The Creative Team

Galloway Stevens (Director) was seen on the OCT stage as Sweeney Todd, Sagot in Picasso At The Lapin Agile and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Galloway also directed OCT’s 2018 production of Avenue Q. Other regional directing credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (Lees-McRae Summer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Andrews Brothers, and A Christmas Carol (Prather Entertainment), Grease, Ring of Fire, and South Pacific (Jenny Wiley Theatre). 

The Miracle on 34th Street design team includes set designer C. Murdock Lucas, music director Andy Hudson, lighting designer Michael Stanfill (Avenue Q), props designer David Alonso Rodriguez, costume designer Lauren Blair (Every Christmas Story, Avenue Q), and sound designer Kimberly Carbone (Mamma Mia, Beehive). 

Show Dates and Additional Information

Miracle on 34th St. previews on Thursday, November 21st, opens on Friday, November 22nd, and closes on Tuesday, December 31st. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and select Tuesday and Sunday nights. There are no performances on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Preview tickets are $29 for all seats. Tickets for other performances are $43 for A level seating with limited $39 B level seating and $29 C level seating available for all performances. The Cabaret offers a 20% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more. $12 student rush tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.

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