A Miracle Comes to SCC

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Doris Walker (Mary Sabo), Fred Gailey (Jack Seabury) and Susan Walker (Emma Hand) “monkey around” with Kris Kringle (Daniel Becker) in "Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play" at Southampton Cultural Center. Dane DuPuis photo.

Michael Disher, longtime director of Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center, is back on the South Fork this holiday season. From December 3-12, Disher and his cast will present “Miracle on 34th Street, A Live Musical Radio Play” written by Lance Arthur Smith and Jon Lorenz, in Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts.

“I am thrilled to be returning and continuing this holiday tradition that has always been very special to me,” Disher said. “The holidays are a gift, particularly this year, and the opportunity to sit, smile and laugh together is a miracle. Featuring our greatest technology — imagination, the story transports us to a humbler and more innocent time through sounds and spoken word

The film “Miracle on 34th Street” (initially released as “The Big Heart” in the United Kingdom) is a 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film released by 20th Century Fox, written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City and focuses on the effect of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite.

“Miracle on 34th Street, A Live Musical Radio Play” is adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast with original lyrics, music and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. Amanda Jones musically direct the show which stars Daniel Becker, Mary Sabo, Jack Seabury, Susan Cincotta, Joey Giovingo, Christopher Tyrkko, Michaal Lyn Schepps, John Lovett, Amanda Jones, Michael Casper and Emma Hand.

Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets $25 ($20 for ages under 21) at scc-arts.org or 631 287-4377.

The Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. All attendees must wear masks. The cast and crew are fully vaccinated.

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