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monDAY, Oct 17, 7PM
wednESDAY, oct 19, 7PM

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all parts are available

Rehearsal dates (6:30 - 9:30pm):

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 21, 28, 30

Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8

ABOUT YES, VIRIGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS

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."

This is a "radio play", i.e., a "reader's theatre" approach

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ABOUT THE CHARACTERS

Edward P. Mitchell – male, 40-60; editor in chief of the New York Sun, a  man experienced in business and life. 

Announcer – age and gender indeterminate 

Sound effects engineer – (non speaking role) age and gender indeterminate 

Frank P. Church – male, 30-60; jaded newspaperman, embittered by the loss of his wife and daughter. 

James O’Hanlon – male, 30-45; Virginia’s father, a struggling Irish immigrant. 

Dominic Donneli – male, 30-45; struggling Italian immigrant, friend and neighbor to the O’Hanlon family. 

Virginia O’Hanlon – female, 7-year-old (the voice should sound this age, not the actor’s age). 

Andrea Borland – female, 20-40; aspiring writer who has respect and concern for Church. 

Maria Donneli – female, 7-10 years old

Celeste Donneli – female, 30-45

Julie –  female, 7-10 years old

Susan – female, 7-10 years old

Sean O’Hanlon – male, 4-7 years old

Evie O’Hanlon – female, 30-45

Teddy Murray – male, 16-25

Cornelius Barrington – male, 30-60

AND – Goss, George, Pryor, Otho, Chambers, Sgt. Flynn, Officer Akins, Officer Blake, newsboy, Shannon, O’Hara, Schuller, Sam, Mrs. Goldstein, Sam, thief, Red, Shorty, Scotty, Fritz, “old man”, park attendant, “child”, “wife”, “husband”

 

Accents (Irish, Italian, German) are not required but will  be helpful. All actors will be asked to cover 3 or more parts. Therefore, it will be helpful to be able to use different voices. Children are not required for the young parts. 

*Ages refer to the character’s age, not the actor’s.