Yes, Virginia,There is a Santa Claus
directed by Tia Wooley
AUDITIONS: Sunday, November 3: 10 AM - 12 PM
PERFORMANCES: December 20, 21, 22
Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Orion Bldg, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus Synopsis
Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. Virginia wondered and wrote: "Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?" Ed Mitchell, the Sun's editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia's letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun's best and most dependable reporter. Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a play for young and old, magically reaffirming life's highest beauty and joy—"the eternal light with which childhood fills the world."
VIRGINIA O'HANLON - 8 years old
MOTHER O'HANLON - about 35
FATHER O'HANLON - about 35
SAMANTHA O'HANLON - about 10
FRANCIS CHURCH - young editor, eccentric, klutzy
WALTER GIBSON - editor in chieve of "The Sun"
MARY LOU PARKER - 8 years old, small looking
WEND PARKER - younger sister, sickly about 7
HANNAH PARKER (MOTHER) - about 35
A POST PERSON - Young boy or girl about 14
MARTHA - a friendly soup server
OLD CHRISTMAS PROLOGUE #1 - timeless character
OLD CHRISTMAS PROLOGUE #2 - timeless character
OLD CHRISTMAS PROLOGUE #3 - timeless character
RADIO ANNOUNCER/PRODUCER - male
This will be done as an old fashioned radio show - actors must be able to SPEAK in the ages defined above, not necessary to appear the ages referenced.
Rehearsals will be minimal depending on actors schedules as scripts will be in hand during the performances.
Certain smaller roles may be combined, everyone will participate in the crowd scenes for audio needs and if you can sing, you may be put to work being a commercial
There will be a total of 3 performances over three days.
This is the second annual performance of this show for Desert Foothills Theater.
Important Dates you must be able to attend:
Tech Wednesday December 18: 6pm - 10pm
Preview Audience - Thursday December 19: 7pm - 10pm
Opening - Friday December 20: 7pm
Show - Saturday December 21: 7pm
Show: Sunday December 22: 2pm