Miracle on 34th Street in Black & White
December 6th to the 15th 2013
Rhode Island Stage Ensemble
The Assembly Theater
This theatrical production was performed in Black and White on stage. The only color used was for Santa’s suit and Christmas Hats. This is not a filter or photo edit. These are actual photos from the show.
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 goodwill 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.
Written by Christian O’Neill
Directed by Daniel Lee White
Produced by Roy Laurent & R.I.S.E.
Juliana Eve Gudaitis
Tierra Albergo McGovern