Miracle on 34th Street — Christmas Spirit with a Traditional Tale

By Krista Power

One of the most famous lines in the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street is uttered by Kris Kringle: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind… and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.” Many are familiar with the popular 1947 movie with Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, and a young Natalie Wood, but this year, you can embrace the spirit of Miracle on 34th Street live on stage at Magnus Theatre from December 7 until December 23. The classic holiday tale has been adapted for the stage by former Sudbury Theatre Centre artistic director Caleb Marshall and playwright Erin Keating.

Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of Santa Claus, aka Kris Kringle, and his determination to conquer the commercialism and cynicism of New York City by restoring faith in Christmas—specifically for one little girl and her mother, but ultimately embracing other citizens at large. Valentine Davies wrote the original story, which has delighted children and families for more than 70 years.

The unlikely story of a fill-in Santa Claus whose contention that he is actually Father Christmas ultimately leads to a courtroom defence where the theme of importance of hope and imagination for children of all ages emerges. Who doesn’t want to believe in the good-hearted humanitarian who is present to celebrate Christmas and bring joy to those around him? The audience will cheer for Kris Kringle as they get swept up in the infectious holiday spirit exuded from the Magnus stage. After all, it was once said, “I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.”

Start your Christmas celebration and get in the spirit by calling Magnus Theatre to book your seats today. Tickets are available at 345-5552 or at Magnus Theatre during box office hours. This show is suitable for all ages and family audiences are encouraged. For more information, visit magnustheatre.com