Looking for something a little different to get in the holiday spirit? Yearning for a bit of nostalgia? How about a great classic story, an impressive cast of local actors, a trio of charming songstresses, and the novelty of an ‘old-time’ radio show.
This holiday season, The Gladstone Theatre and Plosive Productions take you back to the Golden Age of Radio with a new adaptation of everyone’s favourite Christmas story, Miracle on 34th Street. Wonderful storytelling, hilarious and heart-warming characters, singing, dancing, laughs & holiday spirit – an Ottawa Christmas [wouldn't] be complete without the Gladstone Holiday Radio Show tradition!
“I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.” A little girl has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle… Santa Claus. The arrival of one Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who believes he’s the genuine article, turns the skeptical child’s world upside down. Could the Macy’s department store Santa be the real thing?
The show runs at The Gladstone from December 13th to 23rd with evening shows at 8pm and select matinees at 3pm (see the Gladstone website for more details – extra family-friendly matinee on Friday, December 21st!). Adapted by John Cook and Teri Loretto-Valentik from the book by Valentine Davies, and directed by Nicole Milne, it features Katie Bunting, Tom Charlebois, Steve Martin, Irish O’Brien, Shaun Toohey, Tim Oberholzer and Bob Lackey; as well as newcomers Kelty O’Brien and Ben Blacklock. No radio show would be complete without music – this show features the “Gladstone Sisters” – Rachel Eugster, Michele Fansett and Lori Jean Hodge… AND on-stage sound effects by Karen Benoit. Tickets are $39, with discounts for seniors and students. They can be purchased online at The Gladstone’s website, by calling 613.233.4523, emailing gladstoneboxoffice©gmail•com, or in person at the door: 910 Gladstone.
Production Ottawa review of Miracle on 34th Street
Review: (Ottawa) Miracle on 34th Street (Charlebois Post)
Miracle on 34th Street: A good Christmas show for the young ones! (Capital Critics Circle)
Miracle on 34th Street: The Radio Show. Thoroughly engaging… (Capital Critics Circle)
On the Air Again (Visitorium)
Remember your blessings (Ottawa Sun)
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Preview article prepared by Reena Belford with information from Plosive Productions.