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After auditioning 42 actors, ages 6-70, the cast for the upcoming holiday season play, “Miracle on 34th Street,” was selected.

“I thought I knew all the actors in town by now, but more just kept walking through the door,” said Spotlight Program Coordinator Lesley Warrant. “It was amazing.”

The Rotary Club of Pell City is sponsoring “Miracle on 34th Street,” which is slated for performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets will be available soon at www.pellcitycepa.com/tickets.

Many who auditioned  for the Christmas production were young actors, several of whom have been involved in Spotlight’s Summer Drama Camp in the past.

“This really tells me something about what our community wants,” Warren said. “You can bet that we’ll be doing more shows with roles for young people in the future.”

“Miracle on 34th Street” is based on the 1946 motion picture and novel by Valentine Davies. The story is a familiar one for many people. Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris showers good will on 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 sent off to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

The cast for the upcoming holiday performance includes Al Guido, Mark Brown, Elizabeth Money, Chuck Cohron, Brian Reaves, Cody Mealer, Savanna Bryson, Solomon Smith, Chase Spears, Les Hoffman, Glen Turton, Julia Springer, Shelby Dupree, Raymond Bowman, Tina Rowe, Ava Hathorn, Anna Clair Hathorn, Logan Holder, Addie Claire Minor, Nix Brown, Anna Crosson, Karleigh Plank, Ethan Plank, Jules Alexander and Madison McCay.

“Miracle on 34th Street” is produced at CEPA as part of the Spotlight program. Spotlight is a county-wide, all-ages drama education program. Its mission is to foster drama education and encourage student and community participation in theater throughout St. Clair County.

Spotlight is supported by Jefferson State Community College, The Alabama Council on the Arts, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, The Pell City School System, and The Rotary Club of Pell City.

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