"This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really." So writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story. By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code M96000
- Cast Size 20
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 100 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871297075
- "Performing Miracle on 34th Street was a great experience. The key to this adaptation is the amount of comedy that it brings to the classic Christmas tale; the familiarity of the story brought much of the audience, but the added comedy of this adaptation really makes this show come alive. "
- Review by Robert Deirth, Scottsburg High School Drama Club, Scottsburg, Ind.
- "Wonderful script- touching, funny, and inspiring. Fans of both film versions will enjoy this show! It is a heart-warming holiday production and a rousing courtroom drama all in one!"
- Review by Rebecca Burns, Chariho High School, Wood River Junction, R.I.
- "A delightfully warm-hearted and family-friendly show which was enjoyed by our audiences, young and old alike!"
- Review by Alison Duncombe, ACTion Community Theatre, United Kingdom
- "This play was easy to produce and provided many roles. All of my students were able to have lines. The modernization made it easier to costume."
- Review by Donna Goetz, Mater Dei Catholic High School, Breese, Ill.
- "This script was very true to the original movie. I loved that I was able to give out 30+ speaking roles so that more students had a moment in the spotlight. Also easy to rehearse since the scenes are small and can be done in a limited space."
- Review by Kathleen Carmona, Lake Park High School, Roselle, Ill.
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- "The set required was minimal and allowed us to focus on the characters and the story. We even used the elves to change the set, and child carolers to sing while they did so and the audience loved it. The play itself is also very customizable with bits like "Elf Theater" where the talents of a particular cast can really shine."
- Tip by Robert Deirth, Scottsburg High School Drama Club, Scottsburg, Ind.
- "For those theatres intending to put on this show, I would recommend that the costumer start looking for costumes well in advance, especially if they are on a tight budget and/or do not have a costumer who wants to do a lot of sewing. Patterns for this time period are very expensive and the cost of fabric has skyrocketed in the past few years."
- Tip by Frieda Jean Voeks, El Paso Playhouse, El Paso, Texas
- "For our production we used a 3 section revolve, which allowed us to easily move between the various scenes. We also found that there were many props needed for the show, so this took extra effort."
- Tip by Sean Anderson, Morpheus Theatre, Calgary, Alberta
- "We built our set so Macy's toy department spun around to be the courtroom for Act 2. It worked really well! "
- Tip by Rebecca Burns, Chariho High School, Wood River Junction, R.I.
- "Great range of roles for an inclusive cast - flexible casting for youngsters and adults."
- Tip by Alison Duncombe, ACTion Community Theatre, United Kingdom
- "I used two satellite stages to make for quick scene changes."
- Tip by Donna Goetz, Mater Dei Catholic High School, Breese, Ill.
|Farmers Branch Community Theatre, Inc. d/b/a The Firehouse Theatre||Farmers Branch||Texas||11/30/2023||12/17/2023|
|Purchase Players CPAC||Mayfield||Kentucky||12/1/2023||12/10/2023|
|Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players||Cleburne||Texas||12/1/2023||12/10/2023|
|Renaissance City Theatre||Westerly||Rhode Island||12/1/2023||12/17/2023|
|Argenta Community Theater||North Little Rock||Arkansas||12/6/2023||12/16/2023|
|Lee Street theatre||Salisbury||North Carolina||12/1/2023||12/16/2023|
|Capitol Arts Center||Bowling Green||Kentucky||12/14/2023||12/17/2023|
|Fauquier Community Theatre||Warrenton||Virginia||12/1/2023||12/17/2023|
|Newnan Theatre Company||Newnan||Georgia||12/7/2023||12/17/2023|
|St, Norbert College - Webb Theatre||De Pere||Wisconsin||12/7/2023||12/17/2023|
|Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church||Pleasant Hill||Missouri||12/15/2023||12/16/2023|
|Amil Tellers of Dramatics Lima Encore Theatre||Lima||Ohio||12/8/2023||12/17/2023|
|Fergus Grand Theatre||Fergus||Ontario||12/8/2023||12/17/2023|
|Franklin Park Arts Center||Purcellville||Virginia||11/24/2023||12/3/2023|
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