CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Theatre will present the holiday show “Miracle on 34th Street the Musical” Dec. 5 through Dec. 22.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.
The show is a musical retelling of the classic story by Valentine Davies and based on the classic holiday film of the same name that starred Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.
With music, book and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, who also penned the Broadway classic “The Music Man,” the show tells the story of single mother, Doris Walker, who doesn’t want her 6-year-old daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions.
Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.
The show stars a trio of actors who are making their Cumberland Theatre debuts. Ashley Snow of Virginia will play Doris Walker. Snow has appeared for many years at both the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg and the Old Opera House in Charles Town. Also making their Cumberland Theatre debuts will be Christopher Hager as Fred Gaily and Robert Beidermann as Kris Kringle.
Hager holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater from Youngstown State University. Recent credits include Riff Raff in the “Rocky Horror Show” and the title role in “Sweeney Todd.”
Beidermann hails from Silver Spring and works frequently with Toby’s Dinner Theatre in both Baltimore and Columbia. He has also traveled the country in the National Tours of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Sweet Charity” and “Titanic the Musical.”
Also starring in the holiday production is young local actress Ellie Kneiriem as Susan Walker. Kneiriem has appeared at CT in the “Wizard of Oz” and was recently seen in the CT Stars of Tomorrow production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” It is her first starring role.
A variety of supporting roles will be portrayed by CT veterans Connor McCabe (Marvin Shellhammer), Timothy Bambara (Tamany O’Hallaron), Dan Atwood (D.A. Thomas Mara), Shawn Cox (R.H. Macy), and Chris McCabe (Bart Sawyer), as well as newcomers Lane Duda (Judge Martin Group), Gerald Mihailovich (Tommy Mar Jr.) and Cassidy Witt (Hendrika).
The cast also features Matthew Clark, Austin James, Marin Rose, Karen Hutcheson, Marty Jellyson, Wyatt Neff, Brielle Windle, John McConnell II, Lillian Clark, Patience Loscomb, Hunter Dickson and Lilli Ashenfelter.
Kimberli Rowley is the show’s director with music direction by Chris McCabe and choreography by Anthony Giorgio. Other staff members include Jennifer Clark (costume design), Rhett Wolford (set design), Joshua Taylor (lighting design) and Ellie Ness (production assistant).
“Miracle on 34th Street” is being made possible by sponsorship from David and BettyJo Gehauf with additional funding provided by Northern Eagle Inc.
Tickets are available at www.cumberlandtheatre.com or by calling the theater at 301-759-4990.