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Miracle on 34th Street is coming to 33 East Main Street
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Kris Kringle, portrayed by Joe Morgan, encourages the skeptical Susan (Emily Wiggins) to test out his whiskers during a scene from the Averitt STARs' dress rehearsal of their musical stage adaptation of the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street."

The Averitt STARs are at it again, this time bringing the heartwarming holiday favorite "Miracle on 34th Street" to the Emma Kelly Theater.

The 1947 classic will take on a contemporary twist, but the same Kris Kringle, Susan, Doris and Captain Gai-ly will all take the stage in a musical performance that will have everyone wishing it were Christmas al-ready.

When Kris Kringle is hired by Macy's department store to be Santa, he brings about a genuine miracle that leaves doubters and cynics believing and loving.

"The story is fun and lighthearted, but there are serious elements, too, such as having faith in yourself," said Joe Morgan, who plays Kris Kringle. "The central theme of the story is love."

Emily Wiggins, who plays the part of Susan, Doris' daughter, says she is most excited to get up on stage and sing.

"It's just really fun," Wiggins said.

Meredith Willson, who wrote the music for "The Music Man," also wrote the music for "Miracle on 34th Street." Favorites such as "That Man Over There Is Santa Claus," and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" are anticipated by both cast and the audience alike.

"It garners our need for hope and faith and reminds us that good things actually do happen," said Russ La-nier, who plays Captain Gaily.

As Christmas quickly approaches, this performance is sure to remind everyone what really matters most.

"My favorite line in the whole show is, ‘Faith is believing in something even though common sense tells you not to,'" said Morgan. "I think it will resonate with most everyone who sees the show."

The performance is directed by Helen Rosengart and assisted by Glenn Spell, the production assistant. The show will be performed Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and $13 for members. Youth tickets cost $10. To purchase tickets or get more information, call the box office at (912) 212-2787. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.


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