Miracle on 34th Street - Official STC Program
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DESCRIPTIONThe official production program for the Sudbury Theatre Centre's 2014.2015 Season production of "Miracle on 34th Street".
Adapted and Directed by CALEB MARSHALLFrom the classic by Valentine DaviesWith additional writing by Erin Keating21 NOV to 14 DEC 2014
Will you believe?
Artistic DirectorCaleb Marshall
General ManagerKathy Heimbecker
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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 3 STC 2014.2015 SEASON
CALEB MARSHALL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
We hope this family favourite renews your sense of awe and wonder, and fills you with Christmas cheer.Welcome back to the magic of theatre, Made all the more magic at this special time of year.
This Play is very near and dear to my heart not only as one of my favourite Christmas classics but one I brought to the stage in a new adaptation last year which was so successful it is being produced by two theatre companies this year.
The experience premiering this production was so positive I am thrilled to say almost all of the original cast and creative team jumped at a chance to re-visit it and make it our Christmas gift to you. This is a holiday experience all your friends and family can enjoy, whether you are reliving it again or discovering it for the very first time this is a new take on a nostalgic and familiar favourite.
This will be one of the biggest and most ambitious holiday productions in recent memory at STC and the entire staff has gone above and beyond to make sure we create a lasting memory that will set you in the holiday spirit. Wed like to thank and wish the happiest of holidays to our funders, sponsors and you our patrons.
You might consider STC for a dramatic holiday gift; our colourful season includes something for all ages. If you and your young family enjoy Miracle on 34th Street you might consider Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Theres a Mouse in My House, or for the adults on your list we have A Brimful of Asha, Red and In Piazza San Domenico. Share the experience of live theatre this Christmas.
In January we are pleased to bring you a powerful Canadian play, Mourning Dove, which asks the question how far would you go for your child? inspired by the true life of Robert Latimer and his family, this play touches the soul and challenges our perception of the difference between life and living.
Miracle on 34th Street is about the growing importance of keeping holiday spirit alive in our increasingly busy modern world. From the heartfelt story, to the wonderfully talented cast, to the beautiful original music and the inspired design we think it may do just that.
STC believes in the power of generosity,In the spirit of goodwill and fighting for a cause.STC believes Christmas is more than just a day,Most of all, we believe in Santa Claus.
Will you believe?
Recently announced as the new Artistic Director for Sudbury Theatre Centre, New Brunswick native Caleb Marshall spent the last five seasons as the Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick where he launched TNB New Voices Opening Acts, TNB Next Stage Studio Branch, TNB Extras Reading and Presents series. He produced over 50 projects while at TNB, saw the highest percentage of NB theatre artists on stage in the companies 48 year history, oversaw the purchase of their building and the completion of an in-house studio theatre.
Prior to coming to Theatre New Brunswick, Caleb served as an Education Practitioner at Shakespeares Globe Theatre as well as resident director for their UK/European tour of Romeo & Juliet. He holds a BFA Honors in Acting from York University, an MFA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University London (UK) and trained with The Stratford Festivals Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, Moscows GITIS Academy and on an International Artist Fellowship at Shakespeares Globe Theatre. Caleb has premiered roles for the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, The Blyth Festival, The Stratford Festival and the Old Vic in London. He has also taught workshops at festivals in Poland and Germany as well as teaching at St. Thomas and Dalhousie Universities.
Caleb is the chair of the Regional Theatres Caucus for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and recently hosted PACTCON2014 in Fredericton. He has received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award and was recognized by the New Brunswick Arts Board with an Excellence Award in the Arts.
Select writing credits include three installments of Christmas @theplayhouse (Fredericton Playhouse), Nights Below Station Street (NBActs, Eliot Haze Playwright Development Award), R&J (Toronto Fringe, Toronto Sun Fringe Hot Pick) Somme Letters Home (Atlantic Fringe/George Brown Theatre School/YPT). He also adapted Hockey Dreams for the stage with David Adams Richards and a new adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street with Erin Keating.
He recently announced Theatre New Brunswicks first ever All New Brunswick Professional season, which will include his new Christmas Carol musical with composer Michael Doherty.
Caleb MarshallArtistic Director
STC 2014.2015 SEASON 4 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
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MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENESPRODUCTION STAFF
Technical DirectorMICHAEL JOHNSON
Head CarpenterKATHERINE SMITH
Head of Lighting and SoundBEN WHITEMAN
Head of Properties and Scenic ArtMEGUMI HARI
Head of WardrobeSARA PASMORE
Official STC PhotographerROBERT PROVENCHERWESTMOUNT PHOTGRAPHY
Official STC ChiropractorROB FERA, DC
Agency of Record50 CARLETON
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice PresidentDEBBIE BARNARD
Board MembersSHARON BAIDENEVAN BATEJOAN CHABOTMICHAEL CULLENMICHELLE FEXKRISTA FORTIERJIM GORDONBRIAN KOIVUJIM SZILVAKAI WOODABBY YZEREEF
City RepresentativeDOUG CRAIG
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Artistic DirectorCALEB MARSHALL
General ManagerKATHY HEIMBECKER
Education CoordinatorJUDITH STRAUGHAN
Box OfficeJANNA REID (Manager)RONI CLARKCHELSEA KATERYNUK BREANNA LAMARCHE
House ManagerJEFF SMITH
Students on Stage InstructorsMEAGHAN McKINNEYALEC PEROFF
Teachers Study GuidesROGER FINLAYGEORGIA GEVERDING
Volunteer CoordinatorSHEILA PROULX
Playwright in ResidenceMATTHEW HEITI
Youth Drama ClassesCHELSEA PAPINEAU
Vocal ClassesKELLY PERRAS
Administrative AssistantROXANNE KNEER
STC 2014.2015 SEASON 6 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
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A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
I believe that the holidays should be a time full of nostalgia that reminds us of our childhood sense of awe and wonder. Through the stories from our youth the stories that have become holiday traditions, shared over generations we can capture that feeling, especially with the stories seen through the eyes of a child.
However when it comes to beloved classic Christmas titles, there are really only a handful of great ones to choose from, and perhaps even fewer great scripts to stage. How then do we give our audience what they are looking for how do we kick off the holiday season and set a tone for the most magical times of year? Programming at Christmas is something many theatre producers struggle with and sometimes the best solution is to create it yourself. This was a daunting undertaking, but one I knew our exceptional creative team could tackle to bring a Christmas gift that was not only full of nostalgia, but had themes as relevant and timely now as they ever were. We began, not with the classic film script, but rather with a Lux radio dramatization of the story by Valentine Davis, which is in the public domain, as the base source material for the script. I began by roughly transferring the work to the stage, filling in some gaps in the writing and perhaps my hardest task hammering out how to double the characters, turning a huge cast into a tight ensemble that could still represent a cross section of society and span generations. Then began a back and forth with Dramaturge Erin Keating that saw re-writes, tough questions, problem solving and additional writing that filled out the story and added more humour and heart. We took this adaptation from just transferring a story to the stage to one written specifically for the stage. Michael Eagan is one of the countrys best set and costume designers and this script put him to the test. There are numerous locations and we both wanted to preserve the magic of theatre the miracle of the script and never see any furniture being set up or struck, but rather just appear. We arrived at a trompe loeil and perspective approach for the visuals, techniques that nowadays are considered old-fashioned but seemed appropriate for imagining the heightened reality of the adult world of Macys Department Store and a New York courtroom as seen through the eyes of a little girl in an almost storybook-like fashion.
Michael Doherty is a wonderful composer but is perhaps at his best when writing for Christmas the various themes he devised help to focus the journey of our key characters and capture a busy, bustling New York City during the holidays, as well as highlight some of the darker more sinister moments in the story. All of this is sculpted and punctuated by Tristan Tidswells imaginative lighting. However, when all is said and done acting is what makes theatre work. I am thrilled to have such a wonderfully diverse and talented ensemble that span from 10 to 76 years of age all of them capturing the spirit everyone remembers from the film, but each bringing their own take to the characters, filling them with heart and humour. Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas classic for more than 65 years, pits the idea of faith and believing against our realistic contemporary world. What if Santa Claus made himself known today? Would he be dismissed as crazy? Would he have to maneuver the legal system to prove his identity? Is it even possible to prove joy and love and all the other intangibles? This story of triumph of faith over greed and goodwill over commercialism is as relevant and meaningful now as is ever was. Thank you to the cast, creative team, production and administrative staff for making it possible to take a beloved story and make it fresh and new for the holidays. Our gift to you.
STC 2014.2015 SEASON 10 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Adapted and Directed by CALEB MARSHALLFrom the Classic by Valentine DaviesWith additional writing by Erin Keating
Video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.STC is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and operates within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Actors Equity Association. STC serves as the chair of the Regional Theatres Caucus for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).
STARRING (in alphabetical order)EMILY BARTLETT as Doris WalkerRICHARD ALAN CAMPBELL as Parade Santa/Sawyer/Gimbel/CharleyROBERT CLARKE as Father/Macy/Pierce/Bailiff/LouieJ. SEAN ELLIOT as Shellhammer/Judge/PostmanSCOTT GARLAND as Alfred/MaraKEVIN HARE as Fred GaileySAMUEL LEACH JARRETT as Mortimer/TommyWALTER LEARNING as Kris KringleSOFIE MAIS as Susan WalkerNORA SHEEHAN as Mother/Mrs. Shellmammer/Stenographerand AMANDA BARKER as the voice of Secretaries
CREATIVE TEAMCALEB MARSHALL, Director/PlaywrightMICHAEL EAGAN, Set and Costume DesignerTRISTAN TIDSWELL, Lighting DesignerMICHAEL DOHERTY, Composer/Sound DesignerELIZABETH McDERMOTT, Stage ManagerKELSEY RUTLEDGE, Apprentice Stage Manager
SETTING & TIMENew York City, Thanksgiving day to Christmas day, 1948
There will be one 15-minute interval.
This adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street was first produced by Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) and premiered at The Fredericton Playhouse December 5, 2013 with the following cast: (left to right) Robert Clarke, Pascal Morimanno, Amanda Barker, Daniel Roberts,Kevin Hare, Walter Learning, Sofie Mais, Emily Bartlett, J. Sean Elliott, Richard Alan Campbell.
ABOUT MIRACLE ON 34TH STREETInitially unpublished, Valentine Davies story Miracle on 34th Street was simultaneously adapted and released as a film script and novella in 1947. Set in New York City, the story follows Kris Kringle, a nice old man hired to be Santa Claus by Macys Department store. When he claims to be the real thing, he challenges not only the public courts, but the belief of a young girl and her disillusioned mother. This holiday classic follows the subsequent trial and examines the value of the holiday spirit. The film won Academy Awards for Be...