Miracle on 34th Street brings holiday joy


Staff Photo by Nic Cazin

The entire cast and crew of Miracle on 34th Street getting ready for the premiere.

As the year comes to a close and the holidays approach, the Wakefield Tech Theatre has adapted the 1937 Christmas comedy-drama, Miracle on 34th Street, to the stage to kickstart the holiday season.

Directed by Paul Orsett, the showings for the play will be on November 18th, 19th, and 20that 7:00 p.m., and a matinee on the 20th at 2:00 p.m. With the cost for admission being $10 online.

Junior Edwin Steiner, who stars as one of the main characters in the play, Kris Kringle,  shares his thoughts on whether or not the play will be a success.

“We’re all getting back into the habit of acting,  so obviously it’s not going to be perfect,” Steiner said. “Still, everybody is trying really hard and we have all been working our butts off to try and make this a good show.”

Steiner also shares his thoughts on why the play will be a great addition to the holiday season, as well as why people should go see it.

“We don’t really do things around the school during the holidays because we have a lot of different religions and diversity in our school,” Steiner said. “I think this could drive a little holiday cheer into the school. This could be a positive thing during these un-positive times.”

Junior Sophia Fisher, who stars as Doris Walker, also discusses why she believes people are going to see the play.

“I think part of it is getting back from COVID and being able to actually go and see shows again, being able to see people actually on stage in person, and not having to watch a Youtube or Zoom video of it,” Fisher said. “It’s going to be really good and really fun for both the actors and the audience.”

Theatre teacher Paul Orsett, who is directing the play, talks about why he choose the movie to be this year’s play.

Miracle on 34th Street is a quintessential holiday favorite that hopefully, people will recognize the name.

— Orsett

“Miracle on 34th Street is a quintessential holiday favorite that hopefully, people will recognize the name,” Orsett said.

Because the story was originally written for film, viewers may notice some adaptations during the show.

“We really didn’t make any changes to the dialogue and stuff, we’re just updating the time period it’s being done in,” Orsett said, “A little change we did like was the number of Macy’s stores since the founder, Rowland Hussey Macy, had a fewer number of stores at that time compared to today.”

The positive message of the play will set the tone for the upcoming holiday season.

“It’s going to be such a cute show about the Christmas spirit and the importance of love and family, and having that Christmas belief and magic,” Fisher said, “Even though if it might not be real, it’s still important to believe in it anyway because it can make life a lot better.”

Junior Sam Coury, who plays the character, Fred Gailey, talks about a major reason why people will go see a play during this time of the year.

“It’s really fun to see a play about the holidays during the holidays since the story takes place around the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,” Coury said, “And we’re going to be performing right before Thanksgiving so I think that’ll be pretty cool for people to experience.”